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

Take a unique journey into the diverse world of jazz. During this five-day summer program for intermediate to advanced level musicians ages 14 to adult, an extraordinary faculty of leading jazz improvisers and educators breaks down the boundaries between "inside" and "outside," encouraging students to experience jazz as a broad spectrum of options for musical expression. This documentary explores the Camp's innovative and immersive combination of group courses, ensemble workshops, master classes, private lessons, jam sessions, and faculty concerts.

SummerFest showcases the work of three contemporary American composers, with three new quartets. Sean Shepherd offers "Oboe Quartet," festival favorite Joan Tower is represented by "White Granite," and famed film composer John Williams introduces "Quartet La Jolla," a gift to SummerFest Music Director Cho-Lian Lin.

"Water Passion" is a multicultural/multimedia oratorio, written by acclaimed Chinese composer Tan Dun to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach, whose "St. Matthew Passion" provided the initial inspiration for this work. The music is a theatrical mix of water bowls, drums, strings, Tibetan bells, chants, digital sounds, Chinese opera and Tuvan throat singing, with a dash of jazz and postmodernism, all filtered through Tan Dun's adventurous sensibility.

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.

American poet Billy Collins reads a selection of humorous poems for appreciative audience in this keynote event of the 2013 Writer's Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles journeys to Hacienda de las Rosas Winery to discuss Donizetti's sparkling comedy, "The Elixir of Love" ("L'elisir d'amore"), in which a con artist convinces villagers that an ordinary bottle of wine possesses magical qualities and hilarity ensues.

John Harbison's Crossroads is a song cycle based upon Louise Glück's A Village Life, a collection of poems about community. The piece features soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and oboist Peggy Pearson with the Linden String Quartet.

This year's musical benefit features a campus homecoming with world renowned bass guitarist Nathan East, '78. Nathan East has played with rock music's greatest artists for the past 35 years - from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Madonna, Beyoncé and Daft Punk. At this special benefit concert he returns to his San Diego roots to play with UC San Diego Music faculty and alumni, while raising funds for UCSD's endowed Lytle Scholarship.

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Berlin is no longer the epicenter of cool, at least according to some recent news reports. But the city is actually home to a thriving and very hip international scene. The musicians model themselves on Paris of the 1960s, but they're mixing genres in a way that's entirely new. We go club hopping to check it all out.
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