UC San Diego's Department of Music

September 01, 2016

  SEPTEMBER 1, 2016--The University of California San Diego's Department of Music is pleased to announce an exciting 2016-17 season full of faculty concerts and collaborations that demonstrate the exploratory nature of the department.

This year's calendar will begin on October 5 with a solo concert by pianist Aleck Karis. Karis, a distinguished professor of music, is a featured performer in the department's ongoing Wednesdays@7 concert series. Fall season highlights will include performances by faculty-led initiatives including Natacha Diels' Ensemble Pamplemousse, clarinetist Anthony Burr's partnership with composer Thomas Meadowcroft, and Katharina Rosenberger's collaboration with the Stuttgart-based vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten. The Composition Area will host the Mivos Quartet, which will perform works by Lei Liang and Natacha Diels as part of its Wednesday@7 concert program.

Violinist Erik Carlson, cellist Michael Nicolas and pianist Aleck Karis will begin the Winter 2017 season with a concert featuring works by Harrison Birtwistle, Charles Wuorinen, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, the "Archduke Trio". A celebratory week of events for flutist and recently retired Professor of Music John Fonville will include two January concerts, including a tribute performed by distinguished alumni and faculty, many of whom were recently featured at the National Flute Association Convention.

Distinguished Professor of Music and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick will present the second annual Reed Family Concert in Mandeville Auditorium on February 1. Featuring a chamber orchestra comprised of members of the Renga and Palimpsest ensembles, the program will include Pierre Boulez's Repons, with technical integration led by Miller Puckette and sound design by Shahrokh Yadegari.

Soprano Susan Narucki accompanied by pianist Donald Berman will present a Wednesday @ 7 evening of songs that are united by intensity of expression, exquisite writing for voice and piano and and overarching lyricism. Narucki and Berman, longtime collaborators, earned the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award for their critically acclaimed recording of songs of Charles Ives. Erik Carlson will host Slow SD, a four-day festival of slow music presented in the Recital Hall of the Conrad Prebys Music Center in early February. Rounding out the winter season will be Wednesdays@7 concerts by the red fish blue fish percussion ensemble, and Palimpsest. Directed by Aleck Karis, the Palimpsest concert will feature Elliott Carter's Penthode and Ligeti's Piano Concerto, featuring piano soloist Todd Moellenberg.

Spring concerts will include faculty and Wednesdays@7 performances by Kartik Seshadri, harpsichordist Takae Ohnishi, and On Structure, a performance duo featuring Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino. Under the direction of Susan Narucki, the kallisti ensemble will present their annual chamber opera in the Experimental Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center in mid-May.

Tickets for the Wednesdays@7 series will go on sale September 6. General admission tickets are $15.50, faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10.50, and all student tickets, regardless of school affiliation, are free with student ID.

Now entering its ninth season, the Camera Lucida Chamber Music Series has established a tradition of challenging and musically-ambitious programs performed with the assurance of an established ensemble, yet with the added flexibility of changing instrumentation and guests from the international chamber music world. Directed by cellist Charles Curtis and featuring the San Diego Symphony's concert master, violinist Jeff Thayer, violist Che-Yen Chen and pianist Reiko Uchida, the series returns to the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall for six engagements throughout the year. Season and single tickets for Camera Lucida will go on sale at the UC San Diego Box Office on September_13th. Reserved seating: $33, faculty, staff and alumni: $25, all student tickets are free with student ID.

UC San Diego's 49-year affiliation with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus continues when its season begins on October 29 and ends on June 11 with lecturer and choral director David Chase's final performance after a 43-year tenure. The Symphony recently announced music director and conductor Steven Schick's contract extension through June 2022. Tickets are available from the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus box office.

For a complete listing of concerts and events on the 2016-2017 season, please visit:

photo credit: Tina Tallon, Salt Arts Documentation

Meghan Roos
Promotions Manager, UC San Diego Music
(858) 534-6503

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