UC San Diego's Department of Music

January 04, 2016

  Last May, longtime UC San Diego Department of Music supporters Joel and Ann Reed contributed $500,000, matched by $500,000 from the University of California's Presidential Fund for Endowed Chairs, to create the Reed Family Presidential Chair in Music at UC San Diego. Steven Schick, a percussionist, conductor, author and distinguished professor of music at UC San Diego, is the chair's first holder. The appointment supports his teaching, research and service activities. In honor of the Reeds--who also donated $350,000 in 2007 to create the Reed Family Percussion Endowment--Schick will conduct the Reed Family Concert on Sunday Jan. 24 at 2 PM at Conrad Prebys Music Center.

"The UC San Diego Department of Music is an innovating leader in the composition and performance of contemporary music," said Joel. "We believe it is important that the department receives the recognition and resources needed to continue its world-renowned position of excellence."

The Reed Family Concert features Olivier Messiaen's Des Canyon aux Etoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars), inspired by the composer's travels to the starkly beautiful landscapes of three national parks in Utah: Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Soloists Aleck Karis (piano) of the music faculty and music alumnus Nicolee Kuester (horn) will perform with RENGA, a project initiated by Schick and San Diego Symphony violinist Kate Hatmaker.

"I am thrilled and honored to be the inaugural holder of the Reed Presidential Chair in Music," said Schick. "The generosity of the Reeds and many others helps us to make this a great university. I will do my best to use this opportunity for the betterment of our students and our mission."

The Reed Family Concert is a highlight of Schick's "Music and Nature" project, which includes concerts on Jan.• (Schick performing John Luther Adams' The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies) and Feb. 6-7 (Schick conducts La Jolla Symphony & Chorus's concert of music by Ligeti, Glass, Debussy, and UC San Diego alumnus Erik Griswold).

"Music and Nature" also includes Schick's Jan. 20, 7 PM Helen Edison Lecture Series interview with author and environmentalist Barry Lopez at the Price Center East Ballroom.

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