Arts and Music
Host Nicolas Reveles explores the creation and technique of Jules Massenet's lyrical opera Don Quixote, an adaptation of Cervantes' classic novel.
SummerFest 2010 concludes with a program dedicated to two titans of 19th-century music. Beethoven is represented by his Piano Trios in D major and E flat major, and a stellar ensemble performs Tchaikovsky's beloved String Sextet for Strings in D minor, "Souvenir de Florence,"
Highlights from the 2011 edition of the Jazz Camp Finale Concert, featuring student ensembles performing standards and new compositions under the direction of distinguished faculty.
"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.
The UC Davis Symphony and Chorus perform Mozart's Mass in C Minor, also known as the "Great" Mass. Conducted by Christian Baldini.
Donizetti's sparkling comic opera tells the story of an orphaned French girl adopted by a regiment of soldiers in the waning days of World War II. Host Nicolas Reveles discusses the genesis and composition of the opera, its social milieu, composer Donizetti's life and influences, and performs musical excerpts.
Is it possible to define music? What is its utility? What needs does it serve? Does it have survival value? Is it biologically necessary? Are humans inherently musical? Using audio & video examples from around the globe and drawing on historical, psychological, neurological & cultural research on music making, saxophonist and educator David Borgo explores why we make music, ultimately arguing that music is a universal human phenomenon but not a universal language.
Ellen Taafe Zwilich's Septet features an unusual combination of chamber music mainstays: a piano trio (the Newbury Trio) and a string quartet (the Amphion Quartet).
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.
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.
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.
To whom do public spaces belong? That could easily serve as a slogan for the 13th Istanbul Biennial. The city is changing rapidly, and business interests often take priority over quality of life. This was a primary factor in the ongoing protests that started last May in the Gezi Park area. The festival directors decided to back out of the public spaces originally planned for art events and retreat into established galleries. How much influence does the watered-down Biennial retain?