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Do Ho Suh's fanciful "Fallen Star" is the eighteenth site-specific art work commissioned by UC San Diego's renowned Stuart Collection. This program traces the project from initial concept through installation, including revealing comments from the artist about his inspirations and the intricacies of process.

Is it possible to define music? What is its utility? What needs does it serve? Does it have survival value? Is it biologically necessary? Are humans inherently musical? Using audio & video examples from around the globe and drawing on historical, psychological, neurological & cultural research on music making, saxophonist and educator David Borgo explores why we make music, ultimately arguing that music is a universal human phenomenon but not a universal language.

The fate of Ariadne, who helped Theseus to overcome the Minotaur and was abandoned by him on the island of Naxos, was an inspiration for numerous works of both visual and performing arts. Haydn took the myth as the subject of his cantata, composed in 1791. Recorded on 8/19/2014.

Go behind the scenes with with Oscar-nominated producer Jeremy Dawson and Oscar-nominated production designer Adam Stockhausen about the filming of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.

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.

In a veritable feast for fans of Giacomo Puccini, San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles delves into the history, influences, and musical intricacies of Puccini's TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, two of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Dr. Nic is joined by acclaimed soprano Priti Gandhi in performance of selected arias from the two operas.

San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett hosts beloved opera legend Frederica von Stade in a lively discussion about her career, and in particular her long-standing collaboration with composer Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick. In addition to performing Heggie's songs, Von Stade starred in his operas Three Decembers and Great Scott.

Swedish musician Martin Molin loves building unusual instruments. His latest contraption is a two-meter-tall box filled with 2,000 cascading marbles. The sounds they make change, depending on where they fall.
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