UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 15, 2015

  The Moon in La Jolla, a new work by UC San Diego composer and 2015 Nee Commission winner Yeung-ping Chen, will be premiered by La Jolla Symphony and Chorus on May 2 (7:30 pm) and May 3 (2 pm) and will also be the subject of a performance and exhibit at Geisel Library on April 21 (11:30 am).

Ping's The Moon in La Jolla features telematic technology which allows musicians to play music together from different sites via the internet. At the May concert, the audience in Mandeville Auditorium will experience a live performance featuring interplay between the orchestra and the Geisel Library's chimes ("carillon").

The piece is based on the poem The Moon in La Jolla by Hong Kong poet and UC San Diego alumnus Leung Ping-Kwan, also known as Yasi, who wrote it as a student here in the late 1970s. Since the music is tailor-made for the Geisel Library chimes and because April is National Poetry Month, the library will host a special exhibition and reading to celebrate this intersection of poetry and music.

All are welcome to gather outdoors at the Forum Level of the Library at 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 21, where special guest Suyin Mak, Hong Kong music theorist and poet (professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, currently scholar-in-residence at UCLA) will read Yasi's poem accompanied by carillonneur Scott Paulson (also a UCSD music alumnus).

Following the reading, refreshments will be served at the opening of the exhibition on the first floor of Geisel Library. Ping, Paulson and visual arts student Kim Garcia will talk about items on display, which were donated by the poet's widow for this event. They will also talk about their artistic collaboration and parallels between Ping and Yasi's work and their artistic development at UC San Diego.

La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Box Office: (858) 534-4637

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