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This energetic, site-specific dance video uses the talents of choreographer Jean Isaacs (San Diego Dance Theater) and grace of shinhae jun (BKSoul) to educate teens and young adults about the vital topic of HIV/AIDS awareness, especially the need for both prevention and testing.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and a stellar ensemble pay tribute to the art and legacy of jazz legend Miles Davis, with a guest appearance by pianist Cecil Lytle.

Continuing a SummerFest tradition, the La Jolla Music Society premieres three newly commissioned works. San Diego-based composer Chinary Ung's AKASA: "Formless Spiral," is performed by an ensemble including his wife, violinist Susan Ung, and well-known pipa player Wu Man. Epitaphs for String Quintet features its composer Brett Dean on viola; and the Calder Quartet assays Christopher Rouse's challenging String Quartet No. 3.

Do Ho Suh's fanciful "Fallen Star" is the eighteenth site-specific art work commissioned by UC San Diego's renowned Stuart Collection. This program traces the project from initial concept through installation, including revealing comments from the artist about his inspirations and the intricacies of process.

Composer Gabriel Kahane blurs the boundaries between popular and classical idioms with "Come On All You Ghosts," his setting of three poems by San Francisco-based Matthew Zapruder, for voice and string quartet. In each of the songs, Kahane seeks musical equivalents for Zapruder's exploration of spiritual and philosophical concerns as expressed in the mundanity of contemporary life. The result is a song cycle that is at once adventurous and accessible, with language both naturalistic and absurd - much like life.

János Négyesy died on Dec. 20, 2013. In lieu of what would have been his 80th Soirée for Music Lovers, we pay tribute to Maestro Négyesy on Valentine's Day with a concert featuring performances by faculty members Mark Dresser (contrabass), Aleck Karis (piano), Philip Larson (bass baritone), Kartik Seshadri (sitar), Robert Zelickman (clarinet), along with various peers, alumni and students who performed with or were mentored by János.

In a veritable feast for fans of Giacomo Puccini, San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles delves into the history, influences, and musical intricacies of Puccini's TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, two of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Dr. Nic is joined by acclaimed soprano Priti Gandhi in performance of selected arias from the two operas.

The opera "Lilith" by librettist Allan Havis and composer Anthony Davis, which premiered in 2009, is given a fresh interpretation by designer Peter Torpey and director Keturah Stickann in this workshop production of five scenes. "Lilith" explores and celebrates the ageless erotic myth of Lilith, the woman who preceded Eve in the Garden of Eden. The opera, which blends a variety of musical tropes from jazz to classical, reenacts the tale from a twin timeframe of contemporary America and the beginning of Paradise. The opera's directing and design concept relies on windows, mirrors, screens and shadows to reflect the myriad contours of female identity split into two halves. Video and visual projection are essential tools for probing the paradoxes of Lilith's role in contemporary life, and the experimental overtones add to the opera's seductive and eerie impact.

Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB, welcomes executive producer and writer Toni Graphia to discuss the Starz series "Outlander." Recorded on 10/22/2015.

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