Chamber Music Recital

Winter Concert 2018


Monday, March 19, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

A program featuring talented students from UCI’s Department of Music performing chamber music masterworks.

Free admission

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Chamber Music | OC Presents

Master Class / Performance Featuring Cellist Colin Carr


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Join British concert cellist Colin Carr and Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Young Artists as they explore the incredible Solo Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. This special evening will feature a public master class on select movements from the Cello Suites, and will conclude with a performance of a complete Suite by Carr. Come witness the creative process in motion featuring some of the greatest repertoire ever composed for solo cello!

Winifred Smith Hall

Suggested Donation at the Door: $10

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UC Irvine and Santa Ana High School Symphony Orchestras Combined Concert 

Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor


Thursday, April 12, 2018

7:00 pm

Bill Medley Auditorium, Santa Ana High School, 520 W. Walnut St., Santa Ana, 92701

Six years ago the UCI Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Tucker, adopted the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) Symphony Orchestra. The partnership was designed to build awareness of the university experience to make it a tangible goal for the SAHS students; increase access to arts resources; and cultivate engaged young artists, the Trevor School students, who will become involved citizens in their communities not just in the arts. The SAHS wind and string ensembles will perform and then the UCI and SAHS orchestras will combine for a side-by-side piece.

Free admission


UC Irvine (UCI) and Santa Ana High School (SAHS) Collaboration


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Faculty Artist Series

All American Song
Frances Young Bennett, soprano

Robin Buck, baritone
Lorna Griffitt, piano
Dr. Yuliya Minina, piano   


Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Lee Hoiby
Charles Ives
Aaron Copland
George Gershwin
Cole Porter
Jerome Kern

Soprano Frances Young Bennett, described by the LA Times as “A soprano of gossamer sheer purity,” joins forces with UCI faculty in a recital of music by Henry Purcell, American art song, and songs from the Great American Songbook.

General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but

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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Zeena Parkins: Captiva


Friday, April 20, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Zeena Parkins is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, a pioneer of the electric harp and a fearless proponent of its acoustic original, inventing extraordinary playing techniques and layers of electronic processing. She will perform Captiva, an original multi-movement composition, working on the macro-level to explore a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp. On the micro-level, improvisational strategies are deployed on designated clips of composed fragments to trigger new material.

Free admission


Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Zeena Parkins, Improvisation Workshop
Room 218, Music and Media Building
Free admission

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Hypercolor, the bicoastal trio of guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz, and drummer (and UCI Music faculty member) Lukas Ligeti, presents a fresh take on jazz: the rawness of punk, the virtuosity of jazz-rock, the unrestrained energy of free improvisation, the constructivism of new-music composition, and the emotionality of indie rock coalesce to create an instrumental music of sheer originality. Basic components of music such as melody and pulse are called into question; they are strongly present, but have morphed into an ever-malleable conduit for an unusually vast range of expressive possibilities. Their first, eponymously titled, CD was released in 2015 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and met with wide critical acclaim; since then, Hypercolor has performed in countries from Italy to Indonesia.

Free admission


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Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC

Presented by UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Irvine Barclay Theatre

Sunday, April 29, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble,” “unfailingly stylish,” “technically dazzling,” and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be,” Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. Performing in hundreds of recitals worldwide, their 2017 highlights include lauded debuts at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their first album debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release.”

The Trio will be joined by Chamber Music | OC Camerata in its performance debut, as well as members of Chamber Music | OC’s renowned Young Artists Program.

Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire

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Join us for "Schubert, Songfulness, and the Body," a Schubertiade featuring comments about Schubert with Arved Ashby, with special guests Robin Buck, baritone, Sarah Koo, cellp, and Jiun Yoon, piano. Program to be posted soon!

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Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics is a new project-in-progress of jazz music and spoken word devoted to the seemingly endless list of young African Americans whose lives have been tragically cut short by violence in the recent past. The piece is a collaboration between distinguished Bay-area jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang and activist poet Amanda Kemp. Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration is organized into vignettes, each named for a Black victim of violence, including: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, while featuring Jang’s original music in conjunction with Amanda Kemp’s spoken word.

Free admission

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Department of Music.

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Opera UCI Presents

Puccini’s Suor Angelica

Music by Giacomo Puccini with Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Darryl Taylor, artistic director

Stephen Tucker, conductor


May 12 – 13, 2018

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Opera UCI presents Suor Angelica. First performed in 1918, this opera presents the story of Sister Angelica, who has been forced by her family to enter a convent following a scandal. After her aunt, the Princess, asks Angelica to sign over her inheritance to her younger sister, drama ensues. Suor Angelica is the second in Giacomo Puccini’s ethereal and spiritual triptych of operas, Il trittico, the others being the dark melodrama Il tabarro and the gutsy comedy Gianni Schicchi.

Evening: May 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

General $25
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty &

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