UC San Diego's Department of Music

November 14, 2016

  Bringing you the latest news from the UC San Diego Department of Music's faculty, student and alumni networks.

Steven Schick to conduct Veterans Day West Coast premiere of Soldier Songs
Distinguished Professor of Music Steven Schick will conduct Soldier Songs, a new work presented by the San Diego Opera that will premiere on Friday, November 11, 2016. Composed by David T. Little as a tribute to the experiences of American veterans, the 55 minute-long opera will stay in San Diego throughout the weekend for additional performances on November 12 and–. Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune's feature on Soldier Songs.

Composer Portraits Series features Lei Liang
Professor of Music Lei Liang will be featured as part of the Miller Theatre at Columbia University's Composer Portraits Series on November 17, 2016. Conducted by UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Steven Schick and featuring Professor Mark Dresser, the concert will also include performances by loadbang and the JACK Quartet.

In addition to unveiling the world premiere of Lakescape V (2016), a Miller Theatre co-commission, Liang will also present his works Ascension (2008), Serashi Fragments (2005) and the New York premiere of Luminous (2014). Read Broadway World's concert preview here.

Alumnus Jeff Denson nominated for multiple 2017 Grammy Awards
Department of Music alumnus Jeff Denson has been nominated for Grammy awards in four categories for Concentric Circles, the album released earlier this year by the Jeff Denson Quartet on Ridgeway Records. Click here to learn more about the album.

World premiere of work by Thomas Nee Commission recipient scheduled for December 3
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will present the world premiere of new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far, a piece composed by Department of Music doctoral candidate and Thomas Nee Commission winner Kevin Zhang. Zhang's work will be performed alongside music by Igor Stravinsky, Gity Razaz and Ludwig van Beethoven during the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' concert at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium on December 3, 2016.

Review: Stephanie Richards Quintet at the Loft
Professor of Music Stephanie Richards led a performance at the Loft at UC San Diego with her quintet on November 3, 2016. The performance featured Richards (trumpet), Professor Mark Dresser (bass), Department of Music Recording Engineer Andrew Munsey (drums), Michael Dessen (trombone) and Chris Speed (reeds). Click here to read NBC SoundDiego's review.

Review: Roger Reynolds' FLiGHT
University Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds premiered his latest work, FLiGHT, last weekend at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The piece, which comprises of curated spoken texts, video projections by Ross Karre, electronic sound processing by Paul Hembree and music for a string quartet, was performed by the JACK Quartet. Click here to read the UC San Diego News Center's coverage of FLiGHT and click here to read Musical America Worldwide's review of the October 31 performance in New York City.

Graduate composer Tina Tallon wins Barlow Endowment General Commission, National Composers Intensive
Tina Tallon, a graduate composer currently pursuing a PhD at UC San Diego's Department of Music, was named one of 2016's Barlow Endowment General Commission recipients, the funds from which she plans to use to compose a piece for Kurt Rohde. Tallon was also named one of this year's National Composers Intensive participants by the L.A. Philharmonic. The work Tallon created for the intensive premiered on October 1 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the L.A. Phil's Noon to Midnight celebration. Click here to read more about Tallon and click here to visit her website.

UC San Diego's 2016 Excel with Integrity contest: Department of Music undergraduate and graduate students recognized
UC San Diego's annual Excel with Integrity contest recognized three students studying within the Department of Music. Graduate student Ashley Cutright was named the 2016 winner, while undergraduates Alex Arango (music major) and Natalie Kanga (music minor) were given honorable mentions. Click here to learn more about the award recipients.

Undergraduate music major Michael Cohn recognized for athletic achievements
Pianist and swimmer Michael Cohn, a senior studying within the UC San Diego Department of Music, was named the Male Swimmer of the Week and the Division II Men's Athlete of the Week by for his performance at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference on October 29. Click here to read UC San Diego's coverage of Cohn's races.

Audio technology developed at UC San Diego featured in coverage of Mass Effect: New Earth
Mass Effect: New Earth premiered in May as a theme park attraction that made use of audio technology developed by UC San Diego and the University of Southampton. The article highlights the work of sound designer Daniel Ross (an ICAM alumnus and the current public events manager for the Department of Music), Jeffrey Sandubrae (a researcher with Sonic Arts Research and Development at UC San Diego) and Peter Otto (director of Sonic Arts Research and Development). Click here to read the article.

Patrick Walders to replace David Chase as La Jolla Symphony and Chorus choral director
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' current choral director David Chase will retire in June 2017 after 43 years of service. Last week, the organization named Patrick Walders, an associate professor of music at San Diego State University, as Chase's replacement, effective July 1, 2017. Click here to learn more about the new director.

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