UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 02, 2017

  More than 500 members of the UC San Diego and local music communities were in attendance for the second annual Reed Family Concert on Wednesday, February 1. Distinguished Professor and Reed Family Presidential Chair Steven Schick conducted members of the Renga ensemble in performances of Edgard Varese's Octandre, the world premiere of graduate composer Anahita Abbasi's Cordatum and Pierre Boulez's orchestral masterpiece Repons. "It was a stunning performance that should be fondly remembered by all present," wrote Christian Hertzog for the San Diego Union-Tribune. "[Schick] cued musicians in front, to the sides, and behind him, overseeing precise musicianship, injecting excitement and mystery into the score."

This unique presentation of Repons featured solos by Distinguished Professor Aleck Karis (piano), Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom), Principal Harpist of the San Diego Symphony Julie Smith Phillips and graduate students Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Fiona Digney (xylophone and glockenspiel) and James Beauton (vibraphone). The concert also featured technical integration and spatialization led by Professor Miller Puckette with graduate student Johannes Regnier, sound design by Professor Shahrokh Yadegari and lighting by Theatre and Dance graduate student Alex Miller-Long.

Click here to read the San Diego Union-Tribune review.

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