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Conductor Steven Schick introduces a performance of Alexander Scriabin's pioneering multimedia work for orchestra, chorus and color organ.

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.

The cast and artistic team guide viewers through a fast-paced backstage look at San Diego Opera's production of Donizetti's sparkling comedy, updated to the WWII era.

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.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, bassist Rob Thorsen leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.

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.

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.

The UCSB Department of Music features short pieces performed by current and former graduate students in jazz, ethnomusicology, classical music, chamber music, early music, and large ensemble. From Rachmaninoff to Vivaldi, Afro-Brazilian ensembles, and small ensembles doing their own renditions and interpretations of old classics and fresh compositions fill this showcase of the department's depth and versatility.

On this week's Euromaxx episode: A bird's eye view of the Polish Landscape, a visit to the world's first-ever ice hotel, freeriding (Snowboarding and skiing off piste, on un-groomed, natural terrain) in the Alps, magical paper art and Funcal on the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira.

Writer/director Damien Chazelle discusses the process of creating his Academy Award film, Whiplash. Chazelle's sophomore film tells the story of a promising young drummer and his ruthless teacher.

Go behind the scenes with with Oscar-nominated producer Jeremy Dawson and Oscar-nominated production designer Adam Stockhausen about the filming of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.
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