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Continuing a SummerFest tradition, the La Jolla Music Society premieres three newly commissioned works. San Diego-based composer Chinary Ung's AKASA: "Formless Spiral," is performed by an ensemble including his wife, violinist Susan Ung, and well-known pipa player Wu Man. Epitaphs for String Quintet features its composer Brett Dean on viola; and the Calder Quartet assays Christopher Rouse's challenging String Quartet No. 3.

Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) depict images that evoke moments of pleasure and respite from everyday toils. In Malashock Dance's The Floating World, contemporary forms of music, dance and image-making draw inspiration from this aesthetic to reveal what it takes to create a 'façade of beauty' in the arts today. Choreographer John Malashock and UCSD-based filmmaker/projection artist Tara Knight co-conceived the work, including a four-sided video environment enveloping performers and audience. Bay Area 'avant' cellist, Zoe Keating provides the musical score and fashion icon Zandra Rhodes designed the costumes.

San Diego Opera's vibrant production of Donizetti's comic masterpiece relocates the action to the American Wild West.

Composer Gabriel Kahane blurs the boundaries between popular and classical idioms with "Come On All You Ghosts," his setting of three poems by San Francisco-based Matthew Zapruder, for voice and string quartet. In each of the songs, Kahane seeks musical equivalents for Zapruder's exploration of spiritual and philosophical concerns as expressed in the mundanity of contemporary life. The result is a song cycle that is at once adventurous and accessible, with language both naturalistic and absurd - much like life.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, renowned bassist and educator Mark Dresser leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.

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.

UC San Diego's annual week-long Jazz Camp culminates in a finale concert, performed by student ensembles under the guidance of distinguished faculty members. The students perform both new compositions and established standards.

The baryton is an obsolete stringed instrument of the viol family, played during the 17th and 18th centuries. Haydn composed 126 trios for the instrument, to be played by his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Recorded on 8/19/2014.

Norway's capital is worth a trip even in the icy winter months. One of the most a popular attractions is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump as well as its simulator at the National Ski Arena. And for culture lovers, the new Tjuvholmen quarter right on the Oslo fjord is teeming with art galleries, museums, and good restaurants.

Jazz made its path abroad in 1918 during the "Great War" when one black officer, Lt. James Reese Europe, volunteered for service with members of his Harlem Society Orchestra, forming the 369th Regimental Band. Because the U.S. Army did not allow black soldiers to fight alongside white comrades, the soldiers instead fought with the French and earned the moniker "Hellfighters," along with the Croix de Guerre for their heroism. The Harlem Hellfighters also brought jazz with them, and from Paris the music spread around the globe, becoming the rhythm of the 20th century. The 19th Annual Lytle Benefit Concert pays homage to the Harlem Hellfighters' enduring legacy and raises scholarship funds for promising students attending the Preuss School at UC San Diego.
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