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UCI Symphony’s meaningful connection with Santa Ana High School through develops through music

UC IRVINE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ADOPTION OF SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA CONTINUES TO GROW, DEEPENING A MEANINGFUL CONNECTION FOR ALL

IRVINE, Calif., (April 2, 2018) – “This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Maestro Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UC Irvine (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra.

Six years into an adoption of the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) symphony orchestra, the UCI Music Department is flooding the SAHS students and teachers with opportunities to learn and grow through music. The emphasis remains the same, youth development, exposing them to college and career pathways, and using music as the tool.
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San Diego Tribune's: 10 Things to Watch in Music this Spring

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chari of Music and Nicole Mitchell, Music Professor are to play with the Mark Dresser Quintet on Friday, March 30.

Expect a night of dazzling aural adventure when San Diego contrabass great Mark Dresser is joined by a stellar band featuring the superb flutist Nicole Mitchell, rising piano phenom Joshua White and trombonist Michael Dessen.


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An Evening with Darryl Taylor in New York

Darryl Taylor will perform "An Evening with Darryl Taylor" on April 3, 2018 at the National Opera Center in New York. His program will feature works recorded by him as well as severarl explicitly written for him.


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Nicole Mitchell received Champion of New Music Award

Nicole Mitchell is one of three recipients of the American Composers Forum "Champion of New Music Award." The Champion of New Music Award was established as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals and ensembles that have made a significant and sustained contribution over time to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. 


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The Brahms Requiem brings 19th-century music masterpieces to the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

THE BRAHMS REQUIEM BRINGS 19TH-CENTURY MUSIC MASTERPIECES TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE.

Irvine, Calif., March 2, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Music will present the combining forces of the UCI Chamber Orchestra and UCI Chamber Singers, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir (Cal State Long Beach), and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers in the captivating sounds of A German Requiem performing on March 9th at 8pm at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Tucker, the triple dynamics of the orchestra hope to move the audience with the captivating sounds of the 19th-century masterpieces through mixed sounds of classical instruments and a variety of vocal ranges in both compositions.

"This will be an evening of reflection and praise!” says Dr. Stephen Tucker, Associate Professor in Music and Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra. “I would certainly hope that the audience, like the
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Max Haymer to Perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in March

Max Haymer (BM, 2007) has been touring with jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. He will be performing with Sandoval at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 10. Haymer has toured internationally, performing at major jazz festivals and venues with a diverse range of renowned artists, and he has also released his debut recording as a bandleader, titled Pickpocket Witness, comprised entirely of Haymer's original compositions. Haymer is also a Lead Mentor for the LA Jazz Society's Bill Green Mentorship Program. 


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Enjoying the Music of UCI Jazz

The UCI Jazz Small Groups concert kicked off Wednesday night with cheers and shouts from an enthusiastic crowd of jazz fans and students alike. The concert, which featured three combo groups of students led by faculty members, was held in the packed Winifred Smith Hall and displayed the immense talent of the jazz students of the UCI Music Department.

Student Gabe Mallari, who played both the electric bass and upright bass within the groups, has only been playing the latter for about 10 weeks, yet was amazing at both. He unleashed several incredible electric bass solos, all while dancing and bobbing his head, evoking applause and cheers  each time.

“There is no feeling that can come close to comparing to how I feel performing,” Mallari said. “There is nothing else on my mind except the music in front of me. It’s an intense rush of focus that literally blocks any thoughts from floating into my head. Because of that, whenever I perform, I’m not worrying or stressing
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AWMAT Combines Women in Art with Technology

Mari Kimura was the keynote speaker at the Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology (AWMAT) conference. Kimura explains how being at the forefront of her field is something she grew up with.

“[My mother] is the current president of ILO in Japan. It’s the International Labour Organization, and my grandmother was the first Japanese female politician,” Kimura said.

In addition to strong female figures, her father is a pioneer in solar energy, as he designed Japan’s first solar house where Kimura grew up.

Kimura gave anecdotes about how her parents met, how she met her husband and her move from New York to Irvine. While she is successful in her field, she speaks about the sexism her mother faced in Japan and the sexism she faced in the U.S.

“My mom went back to Japan with my dad when she was eight months pregnant with me. She was the only female law student. Then her adviser comes from the other corridor and he says, ‘Oh, Mrs. Kimura, there’s a job
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Alumnus Hideki Yamaya in 'Farinelli and the King,' a Broadway Play with the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

  Hideki Yamaya (MFA guitar, 2001) will be playing theorbo continuo in a live Baroque ensemble for the Broadway play Farinelli and the King featuring Tony winner Mark Rylance. (January - March 2018)


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