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As the finale for Jazz Camp 2010, students and faculty combine forces to present a program of original compositions and contemporary jazz standards.

Based on Oscar Wilde's dramatic adaptation of the biblical story, Richard Strauss' tale of Salome's disturbing obsession with John the Baptist is brought to life by San Diego Opera.

Pianist Aleck Karis probes the emotional intensity of Beethoven's late music with examples of his craft and tools and then in a complete performance of the magnificent Sonata Opus 110. Karis presents Beethoven as a master and innovator of harmony, counterpoint and form in this third installment of the "To Be Musical" series sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.

Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology at UC San Diego, presents several musical illusions that she has discovered, showing that people can differ strikingly in the way they hear simple musical patterns. She also explains why perfect pitch is rare in most populations, but not among speakers of tonal languages, such as Mandarin. Deutsch's lecture is the sixth and final installment of the "To Be Musical" series, sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.

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.

Los Angeles attorney E. Randol Schoenberg presents an illustrated talk focusing upon five paintings by Gustav Klimt that were stolen by the Nazis from the Viennese family of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer in 1938. As a result of a landmark case that Schoenberg argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Klimt paintings, valued at over $325 million, were returned by Austria to their rightful heir in 2006.

Malashock Dance teams with Art of Élan to create an evening of original choreography, set to live music by three of today's most exciting and appealing composers, David Bruce, Judd Greenstein, and Osvaldo Golijov. LIFEBLOOD HARMONY reflects multiple takes on our ability to remain hopeful in the face of overwhelming adversity, and that the darkest moments often lead to the greatest creative leaps. The program consists of:"At the End of a Really Great Day" - Composer: Judd Greenstein; "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" - Composer: Osvaldo Golijov; "Gumboots" - Composer: David Bruce.

The essence of the classical form resides in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, as interpreted in this concert by a gathering of renowned musicians at the La Jolla Music Society 2014 SummerFest.

A stellar roster of performers present the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, a seminal figure in the development of classical form and an inspiration to Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers who followed.

Gilda, Dominik and Emma are struggling to live a life free from drugs. Gilda works as a coca farmer in Bolivia. She would much rather be a teacher, but for now she is forced to pick coca leaves, the base ingredient of cocaine. It's the only way she can hope to support her family. Dominik started taking drugs when he was just a teenager. He did everything from marijuana to hard chemical substances. From then on, his life went downhill. Now he's in a German prison for aggravated assault. Emma hasn't had a sip of alcohol for three years. But even now that she's sober, she still struggles because it's a major stigma to be a young alcoholic in Finland. Most of Emma's friends don't know about her addiction.
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