UC San Diego's Department of Music

November 09, 2006

  The final crescendo of Brahms' "Piano Quintet in f minor, opus 34" evaporated and the crowd gave the players a standing ovation. It was the finale of the first in a series of concerts featuring principals from the Department of Music faculty and San Diego Symphony. All five musicians were on stage for the concert's climax pianist Aleck Karis and cellist Charles Curtis from UCSD; violinists Jeff Thayer and Alex Palamidis, and violist Che-Yen Chen, from the symphony. The program built from Bach's "Ricercar a 3 from 'The Musical Offering'" to Beethoven's "Trio in E-Flat, opus 70 no. 2"; and, after intermission, the Brahms. These musicians don't perform together regularly, but their shared passion for the music captivated more than 200 fans of chamber music. As counterpoint to the music, Karis announced that the department's new building (featuring a 400-seat concert hall designed by Cyril Harris, also responsible for the hall at Neurosciences) will begin construction in January. The next concert in the UCSD/San Diego Symphony series is January 17, 2007, 8 p.m., at the Neurosciences Institute.

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