Arts and Music
Composed by Anthony Davis with a libretto by playwright Allan Havis, "Lear on the 2nd Floor" is a contemporary take on Shakespeare's "King Lear." It tells the story of Nora Lear, a neuroscience researcher suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's. As Nora loses her bearings and autonomy, she is increasingly at the mercy of her three quarreling daughters. In this version, Nora's dead husband Mortimer is Shakespeare's fool and her constant companion, as she wanders through a world where past and present blend and reality bends. Davis's music incorporates diverse styles and influences, ranging from classical opera to jazz to reggae.
La Jolla Symphony presents the 2016 edition of their annual Young People's Concert. Conductor Steven Schick guides the audience through the process of rehearsing and performing symphonic works, in this case Edgard Varese's sly TUNING UP and an excerpt from Johannes Brahms' PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1. Recorded on 10/30/2015.
On the occasion of San Diego Opera's West Coast premiere of GREAT SCOTT, Nicolas Reveles engages composer Jake Heggie in a lively conversation about the work's conception. Known for his landmark modern classics DEAD MAN WALKING and MOBY DICK, Heggie's newest work concerns Arden Scott, an international opera star who returns to her hometown with the intention of saving the ailing company that started her career. However, her homecoming coincides with the home team's first National Championship. GREAT SCOTT sparks some interesting questions around how we perceive the Arts and what purpose they serve today. Recorded on 12/10/2015.
Vienna in the 17th and 18th centuries was renowned as the City of Musicians. "Viennese Masters" features seminal works by three illustrious composers who made their home in the Austrian capital: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms.
"In Memory" explores the unsurpassed power of music to both express sorrow and a sense of loss and to celebrate a life, through compositions by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composer Joel Hoffman.
In the comedy-drama GREAT SCOTT, Opera diva Arden Scott (Fredericka von Stade) returns to her hometown to save her mentor's opera company, and the struggle to mount a make-or-break premiere is juxtaposed with the appearance of the home football team in the Super Bowl on the same evening. Composed by Jake Heggie (DEAD MAN WALKING, MOBY-DICK), GREAT SCOTT is based on an original story by Terrence McNally (MASTER CLASS) and directed by theatrical legend Jack O'Brien (THE FULL MONTY, HAIRSPRAY).
In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2015, saxophonist and educator David Borgo leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works. Recorded on 06/26/2015.
Go behind the scenes with cameraman/editor, Mark Romanov, who specializes in hard-to-get shots which is apparent in his work on Rick Rosenthal's documentary, The Dark Side of the Ocean. Recorded on 07/22/2015.
UCSB Script to Screen hosts director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy) and screenwriter John McNamara for a conversations about Trumbo, a historical piece about a blacklisted screen writer and the screen writing process. Recorded on 10/25/2015.
The Ice Music Festival has to be one of the world's most unusual music events. Musicians are only allowed to play instruments made from ice, which they make themselves. Concerts are held at night, when temperatures can go down to minus 20 Celsius. Also, tour San Sebastián. Get tips from the best on Freestyle Snowboarding. Enjoy hubcap creatures, sculptures made of wrecks. Then, see reflections of a window cleaner.