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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,"

"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.

Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the artists trace the development of San Diego Opera's new production of Ildebrando Pizzett's masterwork, based upon the drama by T.S. Eliot and under the direction of Ian Campbell.

Grammy winning soprano and UC San Diego Professor of Music Susan Narucki presents how singing drives -- and is driven by -- a need to communicate and understand the human experience. She demonstrates, through singing, the possibilities of the unique fusion of word, sound and meaning that is integral to Western Art Music. Narucki's lecture is the fifth in the series, "To Be Musical," sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.

Los Angeles attorney E. Randol Schoenberg presents an illustrated talk focusing upon five paintings by Gustav Klimt that were stolen by the Nazis from the Viennese family of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer in 1938. As a result of a landmark case that Schoenberg argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Klimt paintings, valued at over $325 million, were returned by Austria to their rightful heir in 2006.

Malashock Dance teams with Art of Élan to create an evening of original choreography, set to live music by three of today's most exciting and appealing composers, David Bruce, Judd Greenstein, and Osvaldo Golijov. LIFEBLOOD HARMONY reflects multiple takes on our ability to remain hopeful in the face of overwhelming adversity, and that the darkest moments often lead to the greatest creative leaps. The program consists of:"At the End of a Really Great Day" - Composer: Judd Greenstein; "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" - Composer: Osvaldo Golijov; "Gumboots" - Composer: David Bruce.

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus' second annual Young People's Concert is tailored for young audiences and enjoyable for the entire family. Conductor Steven Schick takes the audience through an enlightening and entertaining performance of Mahler's famous Fifth Symphony, with commentary from the podium.

After working in relative obscurity during his lifetime, forty years after his untimely death Franz Schubert was recognized as one of the colossal creative forces in music. In this presentation a distinguished group of musicians performs Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major," one of the greatest achievements in the chamber music form.

Haydn's clarinet trios were probably intended to be performed by friends at home for their own pleasure, rather than as concert works for professional musicians. They are music meant to be enjoyed by both musicians and audience in a relaxed setting. Recorded on 8/19/2014.

In this special edition of OperaTalk, host Nicolas Reveles is your guide for John Adams' NIXON IN CHINA, an exhilarating recounting of the President's historic mission of rapprochement with Chairman Mao. "Only Nixon could go to China," and only Dr. Nic Reveles could provide these entertaining insights into one of the most acclaimed operas of the 20th century. Recorded on 2/2/2015.

The Advent season during the four weeks before Christmas Day is a period that is full of many traditions. Take a look at two of the most popular German customs: the Advent wreath and the Advent calendar. Also on Euromaxx Highlights this week: Martin Schoeller is one of Germanys most popular photographers, probably because he makes unusual, quirky photos of celebrities. Also, we'll show you why the Italian island of Sicily is such a favorite for tourists. And, we meet up with renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley, whose newest work is being exhibited in Duisburg.

Actors Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City) and Jonathan Stark (Fright Night) join UCSB professor Cheri Steinkellner for a look at movies that have scared and delighted millions, and not only on Halloween. Recorded on 10/31/2014.

UCSD students and alumni showcase their finished videos and video projects in process. March 2015.
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