UC San Diego's Department of Music

February 10, 2017

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

SlowSD starts today at UC San Diego
A 72-hour festival of slow music and art began today at midnight and will last through Sunday, February 12. Envisioned by Department of Music Assistant Professor Erik Carlson, the festival will feature professors, graduate students and guests bringing their music, art and dance works to the Conrad Prebys Music Center in more than two dozen performances held throughout the weekend. Admission to each festival event is free.

For updated scheduling information, please visit the SlowSD website.

kallisti returns for performances with La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
UC San Diego's own vocal ensemble kallisti, led by Artistic Director Susan Narucki, will join La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and guest violinist David Bowlin on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 for a presentation of works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Luciano Berio. Distinguished Professor and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct both performances at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium as a reimagining of what a symphony can be. Read the La Jolla Light's preview here and learn more about the concert here.

Rand Steiger's beacon airs on PBS
The performance of a recent work by Distinguished Professor and Department of Music Chair Rand Steiger aired on PBS on Friday, February 3 as part of the network's Live from Lincoln Center program. Titled "50 Years of Mostly Mozart," the program included performances of original works by 50 composers that were completed last year in honor of Mostly Mozart's 50th anniversary. Steiger's beacon was performed by flutist Claire Chase and can be viewed online here.

Steven Schick conducts triumphant second annual Reed Family Concert
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.

Pauline Oliveros remembered in New York City tribute concert
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Park Avenue Armory hosted a tribute concert on Monday, February 6 in honor of the late Pauline Oliveros, a founding member of the UC San Diego Department of Music faculty who died last November at age 84. Featuring several of Oliveros' students and collaborators, including some from UC San Diego, the event featured performances, installations and sessions inspired by Oliveros' "deep listening" approach to composing and performing. Click here to learn more about the tribute.

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