Events

Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Sam Pluta and Peter Evans

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 to forge a new and dynamically interactive live electroacoustic music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself inform the duo's approach to realtime composition.

Free Admision.

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The Craft of Paul Hindemith’s Electronic Compositions

5 PM, January 24, CAC third floor conference room

In his music-theoretical treatise, Unterweisung im Tonsatz (1937, later published in English as The Craft of Musical Composition, 1942), Paul Hindemith demonstrated that harmonic tension is grounded on perceived dissonance resulting from a natural occurence: the overtone series. His impetus for writing his theory of harmony was not only to defend tonality, but to legitimize his own neo-tonal music during the heyday of serialism and other avant-garde musical styles. While Hindemith’s harmonic theory largely derived from the experiments of Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) and Carl Stumpf (1848-1936), he had put his theories into practice even before writing the treatise with three heretofore understudied electronic compositions: Des kleinen Elektromusikers Lieblinge (1930), Konzertstück for Trautonium and String

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Yuliya Minina: Born in Ukraine

Friday, January 25, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Yuliya Minina will perform solo piano works and duets with Mexican-Ukrainian cellist Jenia Kobylyanska. The program will include compositions by Russian and Ukrainian composers Sergei Prokofiev, Andriy Shtogarenko, and Nikolai Kapustin, all of whom were born in Ukraine.

Tickets:
General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Subscriber: $14
UCI Students & Children under 17: $6

Complimentary shuttle service is available for our guests with disabilities or those with mobility issues, from the Mesa Parking Structure (MPS) to select shows throughout the season. Shuttle service will begin one hour before show-time and will meet patrons on level two (Mesa Road street level) of the MPS, near the elevator.  Advance notice is appreciated, but not required. For additional information, please

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Whose canon?

4 PM, Feb. 14, CAC third floor conference room

For decades musicologists have addressed, attacked or deconstructed the canon of Western art music. Yet the canonic fantasy remains steadfast. Any attempts to eradicate it face heated, emotional responses. This talk presents a different perspective, one that provincializes Europe and positions us as scholars of the American continent. I address the canon’s origins and widespread expansion as products of colonialism and nationalism. I examine the consequences of the canon’s politics for its ontology and epistemology, as well as for the historiographical premises of our historical narratives. I then present a view from Mexico that clarifies the perspective I take on all these matters.

Leonora Saavedra is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music at the University of California Riverside. In 1985-87 she was the director of the National Center for Music Research (

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Faculty Artist Series

Kei Akagi & Friends: An Evening of Modern Jazz with the Tokyo Trio

February 15 & 16, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Since its formation in 2001, the Tokyo Trio – Kei Akagi (piano), Shunya Wakai (bass), and Tamaya Honda (drums) – has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums and performed over 500 concerts in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America. Featuring Akagi’s compositions, the trio’s music spans the spectrum of jazz from post-bop to the avant-garde.

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
Art Subscribers $14
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Complimentary shuttle service is available for our guests with disabilities or those with mobility issues, from the Mesa Parking Structure (MPS) to select shows throughout the season. Shuttle service will begin one hour before show-time and will meet patrons on level two (Mesa Road

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UCI Jazz Small Groups

Winter Concert 2019

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will presents its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission and open to the public.



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UCI Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Conductor

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Please join the UCI Jazz Orchestra for an evening of the warm and exciting sounds of large-ensemble jazz music, including the classic repertoire of the big band era.

Free admission



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Merging the Sonata and the Concerto: Analysis of "Compositional" Improvisation in the High Classical Sonata

4 PM, February 28, CAC third floor conference room

This presentation raises the issue of improvisational structures within masterworks of the High Classical period and reexamines the definition of “analyzing improvisation.” While the aesthetic of improvisation is often built into fantasia and concerto forms, I examine virtuosic passages within sonata form, which tend to resist analysis and blur the lines between compositional and improvisational domains. Part I first explores treatises by Koch (1793) and Galeazzi (1796), which prescribe possibilities for how composers might expand the second half of a sonata’s subordinate theme zone, analogous to an expanded Caplinian continuation (1998).
 
Since the virtuosity within such an episode invokes rhetoric found in concertos, Part II inserts concerto perspectives into theories of (

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Del Sol Quartet

Friday, March 1, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

San Francisco’s critically acclaimed Del Sol Quartet presents a program focusing on young Iranian and Iranian-American composers, including works by three UCI graduate students. Del Sol will also perform Ben Johnston’s String Quartet No. 4 Amazing Grace. In Johnston’s overwhelmingly inventive composition, the well-loved European hymn resonates with just-intonation intervals.

Free admission.

This concert is supported by generous grants from the Jordan Center for Persian Studies and UCI Illuminations.



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UCI Wind Ensemble

Kevin McKeown, Conductor

Monday, March 4, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission



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