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This energetic, site-specific dance video uses the talents of choreographer Jean Isaacs (San Diego Dance Theater) and grace of shinhae jun (BKSoul) to educate teens and young adults about the vital topic of HIV/AIDS awareness, especially the need for both prevention and testing.

University Chorus: Beethoven: Gloria, from Missa solemnis, Jeffrey Thomas, conducting. Chausson: Poème for violin and orchestra; Brahms: Symphony No. 4, D. Kern Holoman, conducting. Jorja Fleezanis, violin.

This edition of Spotlight explores the enduring popularity of La Bohème, as San Diego Opera prepares an exciting production of Puccini's romantic masterwork.

Composer Gabriel Kahane blurs the boundaries between popular and classical idioms with "Come On All You Ghosts," his setting of three poems by San Francisco-based Matthew Zapruder, for voice and string quartet. In each of the songs, Kahane seeks musical equivalents for Zapruder's exploration of spiritual and philosophical concerns as expressed in the mundanity of contemporary life. The result is a song cycle that is at once adventurous and accessible, with language both naturalistic and absurd - much like life.

SummerFest continues its tradition of presenting works by contemporary composers, with world premieres by three Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers: Steven Stucky, David Del Tredici and John Harbison. The program also features a seminal work by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

The psychological/thriller "Hard Candy" catapulted Ellen Page into a Hollywood career. The finely-crafted drama explores themes of dynamic power shifts and moral ambiguity. Join screenwriter Brian Nelson and producer Richard Hutton, as they dissect the details of filming this terrifying script.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, saxophonist and educator David Borgo 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.

More than 140 students from two dozen Los Angeles area public and private elementary schools present a program of classical and popular music at the 15th annual All Schools Elementary Honor Youth Orchestra in UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. The performance features the children's symphony, a jazz ensemble and various small group ensembles. Each child is individually selected by his/her school music teacher. Student ages range from seven to twelve, with the average age of an honor orchestra member being just ten years old. Recorded on 07/06/2013.

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.

A special division of the Allied armies rescued many thousands of valuable works of art from destruction by the Nazis. Called the "Monuments Men," they're the subject of a film featuring George Clooney. The world premiere is at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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