Arts and Music
A lively backstage tour of San Diego Opera's presentation of the grandest of grand operas, Puccini's "Turandot," featuring interviews with key participants and behind-the-scenes preparations for the production.
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.
SummerFest 2010 concludes with a program dedicated to two titans of 19th-century music. Beethoven is represented by his Piano Trios in D major and E flat major, and a stellar ensemble performs Tchaikovsky's beloved String Sextet for Strings in D minor, "Souvenir de Florence,"
Two brilliant folk-tales from the early twentieth century: Stravinsky's portrait of a folk wedding in pagan Russia, featuring four pianists, chamber chorus, and Lux Boreal dancers choreographed by UCSD's Allyson Green; and Bartok's magical story of nine young hunters transformed into wild stags scored for orchestra and chorus. Plus two much more recent pieces: György Ligeti's daring work for 100 metronomes, each at a different tempo, and David Lang's rambunctious Grind to a Halt.
A stellar cast of musicians, including Gilbert Castellano (trumpet), Brett Sanders (drums), and the Besos de Coco ensemble, demonstrate the influence of Jazz around the world.
Pianist Aleck Karis probes the emotional intensity of Beethoven's late music with examples of his craft and tools and then in a complete performance of the magnificent Sonata Opus 110. Karis presents Beethoven as a master and innovator of harmony, counterpoint and form in this third installment of the "To Be Musical" series sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.
Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology at UC San Diego, presents several musical illusions that she has discovered, showing that people can differ strikingly in the way they hear simple musical patterns. She also explains why perfect pitch is rare in most populations, but not among speakers of tonal languages, such as Mandarin. Deutsch's lecture is the sixth and final installment of the "To Be Musical" series, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.
San Diego Opera's Nicolas Revels explores the history and composition of A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera), one of Giuseepe Verdi's most popular works.
San Diego Opera mounts a traditional production of Verdi's popular grand opera, which was inspired by the historical events surrounding the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden.
San Diego Unified School District's Visual and Performing Arts program (VAPA), in partnership with UC Irvine, researched the impact of theatre & dance lessons on early childhood education. Preliminary results suggest that integrating the arts into the Common Core standards may be one of the keys to acquiring English language proficiency in grades K-2. Professional Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to develop lesson plans which encourage critical thinking and promote life skills.
In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, renowned bassist and educator Mark Dresser leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.
In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, flutist Hoilly Hofmann leads an ensemble of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.
In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, sax virtuoso Charles McPherson leads a talented group of students in a performance of standards and new works.
Student protests, German reunification, and scenes of daily life from around the world. Barbara Klemm documented moments of recent history with her camera turning photojournalism into an art form, which can be viewed at a retrospective of her work. Arts.21 met the photographer to talk about her work over five decades.