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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.

Written for a virtuoso oboist of Mozart's acquaintance, the Quartet in F Major went on to become one of Mozart's most popular chamber works. Recorded on 8/16/2014.

National Book Award-Winning author and environmentalist Barry Lopez joins UC San Diego's Steve Schick, a world-renowned percussionist, to explore the intersection of music, words and the natural world.

Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies at UCSB, welcomes executive producer and writer Toni Graphia to discuss the Starz series "Outlander." Recorded on 10/22/2015.

La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest celebrates the conclusion of its 30th season with a concert featuring some of the world's best musicians performing as the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra. Led by conductor James Conlon, the Orchestra performs Schubert's "Symphony No. 5," Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2" (featuring soloist Gil Shaham), and Mozart's "Symphony No. 34."

San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett hosts beloved opera legend Frederica von Stade in a lively discussion about her career, and in particular her long-standing collaboration with composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick. In addition to performing Heggie's songs, Von Stade starred in his operas Three Decembers and Great Scott.

Chang Yung-hsiang is the screenwriter of the classic film from the golden era of Taiwan cinema, Beautiful Duckling (1964). Michael Berr, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the East Asia Center at UCSB, talks with Chang Yung-hsiang who has contributed to some of the greatest classics of Chinese-language cinema. Recorded on 05/04/2016.

Beethoven's celebrated Symphony No. 5 is a cornerstone of symphonic music and an iconic artwork of Western culture. Using excerpts from the Fifth Conductor Steven Schick guides the student audience through a tour of the piece, paying particular attention to themes and variations and the methods employed by the composer to build a titanic structure upon a four-note phrase.

"She is Fierce: The Art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw" is an exploration of the multimedia artist's expansive and diverse body of work, featuring commentary from colleagues and an in-depth interview with Cutler-Shaw. Throughout her long career the art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw has taken on a wide spectrum of forms, from melting iconic "ice words" and reflective light sculptures to installations and public commissions to intricately drawn depictions of the human form. Her subjects are human identity and the natural world; her themes are evolution and survival - from reptile into bird, from mammal to human, and from human, perhaps, to humane. But always at her art's core, according to Cutler-Shaw, is her use of drawing "as a way of knowing, as a mode of inquiry, as a visual language." Her "word images" have been central motifs, informing her works from the outset. Culter-Shaw's works are exhibited in museums and library collections worldwide.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2016, renowned bassist Mark Dresser leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works. Recorded on 06/24/2016.

Latino: The Changing Face of America is a new documentary by Los Angeles-born filmmaker and UCSB alumna Roxanne Frias. She discusses the film's glimpse into the future of the world's biggest economy, a future in which Latinos will form the largest demographic group. The discussion includes Chicano Studies & History Professor Mario Garcia and Cristina Venegas of UCSB Film and Media Studies. Recorded on 10/06/2016.
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