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Shakespeare's tale of doomed lovers has provided the inspiration for many adaptations, and Charles Gounod's opera remains one of the most popular. San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles tells you all you need to know about this masterpiece of the French repertoire.

The Naked Liszt is an intimate look at the life, love and music of celebrated Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. World renowned pianist Cecil Lytle performs a selection of the composer's favorite pieces-with a twist. Each piece of music is introduced by readings of letters to, from or about Liszt and his music, creating a vibrant multimedia image of the life of the influential 19th century musician.

UC San Diego Professor of Literature and pianist Steven Cassedy presents a psychoacoustic account of dissonant music and a history from the tonal Chopin to the atonal works of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Copland in the fourth session of the "To Be Musical" series, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.

Ellen Taafe Zwilich's Septet features an unusual combination of chamber music mainstays: a piano trio (the Newbury Trio) and a string quartet (the Amphion Quartet).

Composer Mark Adamo discusses his third full-length opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as Aristotle, his piece for baritone and string quartet. Mark is joined by baritone Thomas Hampson , and violinist Nelson Lee and cellist Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.

Field of Dreams has become a modern classic. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. Writer/director Phil Alden Robinson offers unique insight into the production of the film.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, pianist and composer Anthony Davis leads a talented a talented group of students in a performance of standards and new works.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, bassist Rob Thorsen 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.

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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 Italian resorts on the Adriatic coast celebrates the summer season with a huge beach party while the Snowdonia National Park in Wales has a new attraction for underground thrill-seekers: a unique trampoline facility in a former slate mine. Plus we visit the canton of Fribourg in western Switzerland which has two official languages.
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