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In the debut episode of a 6-part series exploring what it means to be musical, renowned percussionist Steven Schick presents the origins and global development of percussion-based composition as a "physical art." The series is sponsored by the Making of the Modern World program at Eleanor Roosevelt College, UC San Diego.

Screenwriter and producer Bob Gale joins Christopher Lloyd, who played Dr. Emmett Brown, to share rare insights into the " Back to the Future" series.

Renowned pianist and educator Cecil Lytle performs two late signature works by Ludwig van Beethoven: the monumental Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major ("Das Hammerklavier") and the dramatic Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Beethoven's final composition for piano.

Composed in the 1830s and rarely performed today, Lugwig Maurer's sprightly "SInfonia Concertante" is a showcase for four virtuoso violinists. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience Kagura (sacred music and ritual dances) from Chichibu, an important Shinto mountain shrine near Tokyo, in the first and only US performance of the shrine's Kagura troupe. Chichibu Kagura, dating back to approximately the seventeenth century, with a repertory based on ancient myths, has been designated by the government as an Important Formless Folkloric Cultural Property. Organized by the East Asia Center; East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies; the International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies, UCSB; the International Shinto Foundation, New York; and Shinto Kokusai Gakkai.

Spotlight launches its 17th season in grand style, chronicling the mounting of San Diego Opera's production of the ever-popular Pagliacci.

Experience jazz as a broad spectrum of musical expression. UC San Diego Jazz Camp is an annual five-day summer immersion into the world of jazz, with group courses and workshops in Jazz History & Theory, Improvisation, Ensemble Performance, Composition & Arranging, and Instrumental Master classes. Each program concludes with the Finale Concert, performances by student ensembles led by an extraordinary faculty of jazz improvisers & educators.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, saxophonist and educator David Borgo leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works.

SummerFest continues its tradition of presenting works by contemporary composers, with world premieres by two Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers: Steven Stucky and John Harbison. The program also features a seminal work by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Antonin Dvorak's popular Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor.

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.

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.

Every two years the city of Venice plays host to the world's most important architecture exhibition. The motto of this year's Biennale is "Absorbing Modernity: 1914 -2014." All of the countries taking part look back over the last century and see how their history is reflected in their buildings. Arts.21 takes a tour through the International Architecture Exhibition.

Just Seen reviews the novel adaptation IF I STAY; interviews the director and the star of the new horror film THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING, David Jung and Shane Johnson; takes a quick look at THE EXPENDABLES 3; weighs in on the new dramedy LOVE IS STRANGE; and finishes with a tribute to the great Robin Williams.
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