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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.

E. Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of the composer Arnold Schoenberg, is an expert in handling cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust. He tells the story here of his most prominent case, "Republic of Austria v. Altmann" which resulted in the successful return of six paintings by Gustav Klimt, including the "Golden Lady," to their rightful owners. Recorded on 05/06/2015.

"Music of Our Time" features works by four prominent contemporary composers: "Synchronous," by Clarice Assad; "Death With Interruptions," by Derek Bermel; "Ning," by Chen Yi; and "Clarinet Quintet: Spring Ahead," by Peter Schickele.

San Diego Opera Spotlight concludes its 20th season with a glimpse at one of the most beloved works in the repertoire, Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. San Diego Opera's production, directed by Marta Domingo, features a Roaring Twenties slant on the story's familiar themes of love and sacrifice.

In its 30th season La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest continues its tradition of showcasing works by contemporary composers, including pieces commissioned especially for SummerFest. The composers represented in this program are a Who's Who of modern music: Sean Shepherd, George Tsontakis, David Lang, and Richard Danielpour.

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.

Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2016, saxophonist and educator David Borgo leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works. Recorded on 06/24/2016.

Conductor Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus perform music composed in mid-life, a time when the exuberance of youth begins to transform into the reflections and measured responses of mature adulthood. Each of the three composers represented managed to retain some of that youthful vitality, though expressed within the kind of disciplined structure and mastery of craft that results from experience. Recorded on 2/12/2007.

Arrival screenwriter and executive producer Eric Heisserer talks about adapting the the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang to the big screen. Recorded on 01/10/2017.
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