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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.

San Diego Opera mounts a traditional production of Verdi's popular grand opera, which was inspired by the historical events surrounding the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden.

San Diego Unified School District's Visual and Performing Arts program (VAPA), in partnership with UC Irvine, researched the impact of theatre and dance lessons on early childhood education. Preliminary results suggest that integrating the arts into the Common Core standards may be one of the keys to acquiring English language proficiency in grades K-2. Professional Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to develop lesson plans which encourage critical thinking and promote life skills.

Screenwriter Jeff Arch analyzes his screenplay and gives new insight into this timeless classic film. He also shares a very personal story when asked about his favorite movie theater going experience.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, sax virtuoso Charles McPherson leads 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.

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.

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.

Nicolas Reveles hosts representatives from OPERA America and Opera Philadelphia in an examination of strategies employed by American opera companies to stay vital and relevant in today's marketplace, and how those strategies may best be employed in San Diego.

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.

Kieler Woche is one of the biggest sailing events in the world. Thousands of participants and around 3 million visitors come up to the Baltic every year for all kinds of regattas, including the 125th Naval Cutter Race.

The UCSB Department of Music features short pieces performed by current and former graduate students in jazz, ethnomusicology, classical music, chamber music, early music, and large ensemble. From Rachmaninoff to Vivaldi, Afro-Brazilian ensembles, and small ensembles doing their own renditions and interpretations of old classics and fresh compositions fill this showcase of the department's depth and versatility.

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.

Just Seen It reviews THE SKELETON TWINS; interviews Nicholas McCarthy & Ashley Rickards for THE DEVIL'S DOOR; checks out THE COSMOPOLITANS on Amazon; and surveys the Best and Most Disappointing Movies of 2014.
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