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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.

San Diego Opera reprises their popular production of Puccini's immortal work one of the most popular operas ever written. Superstar soprano Patricia Racette performs the title role.

The Symphony performs Evan Ziporyn's Frog's Eye, a West Coast Premiere featuring Lux Boreal; Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring Margaret Zhou; and Igor Stravinsky's beloved Petrushka

Composed in the 1830s and rarely performed today, Lugwig Maurer's sprightly "SInfonia Concertante" is a showcase for four virtuoso violinists. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, pianist and composer Anthony Davis leads a talented a talented group of students in a performance of standards and new works.

A celebratory concert honoring composer Chinary Ung on the occasion of his 70th birthday, featuring renowned international artists as well as UC San Diego faculty and students.

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 mandolin is basically a quiet instrument, which is why it's often associated with sentimental Italian ballads. But Israeli musician, Avi Avital, gives the mandolin a wild, loud sound that is audible in large concert venues such as Berlin's Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York.
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