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Under the direction of conductor Steven Schick, the Symphony performs the world premiere of Mark Applebaum's Concerto for Florist & Orchestra, featuring the horticultural stylings of floral designer/performance artist James DelPrince.

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.

More than 140 students from two dozen Los Angeles area public and private elementary schools present a program of classical and popular music at the 14th annual All Schools Elementary Honor Youth Orchestra in UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. The performance features the children's symphony, a jazz ensemble and various small group ensembles. Each child is individually selected by his/her school music teacher. Student ages range from seven to twelve, with the average age of an honor orchestra member being just ten years old.

Stephen Petronio, an award-winning dancer, choreographer and performer, shares the story of his life journey from a modest Italian family through Hampshire College then to a 25 year career building a unique and powerful language of movement. Recorded on 02/26/2014.

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.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2014, renowned bassist Mark Dresser and trombonist Michael Dessen lead a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.

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.

The Department of Film and Media Studies at UCSB welcomed the legendary make-up artist Michael Westmore, who revolutionized the make-up industry for his work on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and won an Academy Award for the movie "Mask." Westmore sits down for a conversation with UCSB professor Cheri Steinkellner, and talks about his work bringing aliens to life and other tales from his career. Recorded on 12/12/2014.

Dr. Diego Miralles, the charismatic Global Head of Innovation for Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, inspires students from San Diego's Kearny High School with his story of leaving a comfortable life in Argentina, sacrificing to get ahead in America, discovering a drug to suppress HIV, and ultimately defining success by the positive influence he and others have on the people around them. This presentation is the first of The STEAM Leadership Series, featuring speakers in conversation with students about embracing creativity in learning. Lead sponsors for The STEAM Leadership Series include Intellectual Capital, Kids Eco Club, the San Diego Unified School District and the Education Synergy Alliance.

Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA, in partnership with UC San Diego Department of Theater & Dance, present SNAKESKIN; an evening-length dance drama told through live folk-rock songs, instrumental music, and breathtaking choreography. Composer Krishan Oberoi and choreographer John Malashock explore timeless themes through a mythic story set in a small Southern town. Watch the journey unfold as uniquely flawed characters navigate feelings of isolation that lead to the discovery of intimacy and human connection.

800,000 crystals sparkle on a reflecting water surface - the 1,400-square-foot work of art is the new attraction at Swarovski's Crystal Worlds in Tyrol. The spectacular cloud is the work of the French-American artist duo Cao Perrot.
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