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SummerFest 2008 presents the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet perforing Beethoven's exhilarating String Quartet in F Major.

Four original compositions by percussionist Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for superstar rock band The Police. Works performed include the world premiere of "Retail Therapy: La Jolla," commissioned for SummerFest 2009 by the La Jolla Music Society.

SummerFest La Jolla completes its gala 25th Anniversary Season with works by chamber music superstars Camille Saint-Saens and Felix Mendelssohn, and Romanian composer George Enescu. Performers include the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, SummerFest favorites Felix Fan and Cynthia Phelps, and Music Director Cho-Liang Lin.

SummerFest's long tradition of showcasing new works continues, with stimulating pieces by American composers Gabriel Kahane, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Aaron Jay Kernis, and French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie.

John Malashock teams with renowned pianist Gustavo Romero for an intimate music and dance collaboration to piano suites by Czech composer Leos Janacek. The beautiful and emotional selections are a perfect pairing for Malashock's choreographic short stories. Also on the program is a re-staging of "Fathom: The Body as Universe," Malashock's successful 2006 collaboration with Japanese artist Junko Chodos and composer Ariel Blumenthal.

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.

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.

SummerFest continues its tradition of presenting works by contemporary composers, with world premieres by two Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers: Steven Stucky and John Harbison. The program also features a seminal work by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Antonin Dvorak's popular Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor.

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.

There's no escaping them. Selfies are everywhere! People snap pictures of themselves on their cell phones and post them online. Now they've also invaded the art world. A snapshot of the "Mona Lisa", Dürer's "Young Hare" and you - anything is possible. The museum selfies have their own online forum and the photos are also becoming exhibits in their own right. Will they change how we see and perceive art?

On this episode Just Seen It reviews THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, starring Helen Mirren, and the new zombie rom-com, LIFE AFTER BETH. Then we head INTO THE STORM, and finally wrap things up with a rundown of our favorite films of 2014 - so far.
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