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Kojiro Umezaki and Silk Road Ensemble album nominated for Grammy

Sing Me Home, released in 2016 by Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best World Music Album category. UCI Associate Professor Kojiro Umezaki appears as a performer, co-composer and associate producer on the album. Umezaki also appears in the film version of The Music of Strangers, which received a nomination in the Grammy Best Music Film category. A trailer for the film can be viewed on The Music of Strangers website.


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UCI Symphony Orchestra performs at Santa Ana's famous Bill Medley Auditorium

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UCI Symphony Orchestra performs at the famous Bill Medley AuditoriumThe concert celebrates the ongoing outreach partnership with Santa Ana High School

EVENT:
The UCI Symphony Orchestra led, by Maestro Stephen Tucker, will present the first concert of the 2016-17 season "The Defiant Sixth!" in Santa Ana as part of an on-going outreach project with Santa Ana High School. The concert is free for all Santa Ana residents.

WHEN/WHERE:
8 p.m. Friday, November 4, Bill Medley Auditorium, Santa Ana High School - 520 W. Walnut Street, Santa Ana, CA

INFORMATION:
General Admission tickets are $10 for adults / $5 for children under 17. Box Office (949) 824-2787 or www.arts.uci.edu/tickets. FREE for all Santa Ana residents. Media planning to attend should contact Jaime DeJong at 949-824-2189 or
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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Annual Open House 2016

 

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UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Annual Open House Presents a Backstage View to a World of Talent

EVENT:
Celebrate the Arts at the annual Trevor School Open House! The event is a rich palette of performances, which showcase the talents of the students and faculty. Art exhibitions, musical concerts, dance performances, dress rehearsals and more take place in various venues. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the productions as you tour practice and performance spaces. It is an exhilarating evening of food and festivities throughout our Arts campus. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN/WHERE:
5:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, October 27, on the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Campus. Mesa Parking Structure Parking Lot (grid D3 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/
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Dr. Jerzy Kosmala gives master class at the 2016 International Viola Congress

UCI Viola instructor Jerzy Kosmala gave a masterclass in performing the Bartók and Walton viola concertos at the 43rd International Viola Congress in Cremona, Italy October 4–8, 2016. Dr. Ksomala is a frequent guest artist and performer at the world’s foremost festivals, International Viola Congresses, universities, and academies, including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, and Guildhall School of Music in London, England; the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria; Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Dresden, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Krakow, and Hong Kong Schools of Music; and Boston, Toronto, South California, Michigan, and Indiana Universities. 


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Dr. Jerzy Kosmala gives master class at the 2016 International Viola Congress

UCI Viola instructor Jerzy Kosmala gave a masterclass in performing the Bartók and Walton viola concertos at the 43rd International Viola Congress in Cremona, Italy October 4–8, 2016. Dr. Ksomala is a frequent guest artist and performer at the world’s foremost festivals, International Viola Congresses, universities, and academies, including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, and Guildhall School of Music in London, England; the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria; Eastman, Juilliard, Manhattan, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Dresden, Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Krakow, and Hong Kong Schools of Music; and Boston, Toronto, South California, Michigan, and Indiana Universities. 


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UCI Music’s Gassmann Electronic Music Series Presents Pamela Z

UCI Music’s Gassmann Electronic Music Series Presents Pamela Z

International Electronic Artist Will Present a Concert, Lecture and Workshop

IRVINE, Calif., (October 10, 2016) – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts department of music’s Gassmann Electronic Music Series presents Pamela Z: Works for Voice, Live Electronics, and Video featuring internationally award-winning composer/performer Pamela Z, a pioneer in solo vocal performance with electronics. She will present an evening of solo works for voice, real time electronic processing, interactive video, and gesture controllers. The evening will include short works from her concert repertoire as well as excerpts from larger performance works such as Baggage Allowance and This Impossible Building. The performance will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 8 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pamela Z combines a
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UCI faculty welcomes new Cello Instructor Sarah Koo

Cellist Sarah Koo is known not only for her solo and chamber performances, but also as an avid educator and outreach advocate. Ms. Koo graduated with her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the prestigious William Schumann Award. Ms. Koo made her 2000 New York debut in a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Ms Koo served as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. Previous to her appointment with the Phoenix Symphony, she was touring Italy and Europe with the Symfonica Arturo Toscanini under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Ms. Koo, an outreach advocate, served as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and brought music education to the public schools of New York.

As an an avid chamber musician, has been featured numerous times in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fischer Hall. Chamber studies have been with Gil Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein,
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UCI Music welcomes new Assistant Professors Grimes and Hammel

The UCI music department welcomes two new Assistant Professors in Musicology, Drs. Nicole Grimes and Stephan Hammel.

Nicole Grimes studied historical musicology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. She was awarded a Ph.D. at TCD in 2008 for her dissertation “Brahms’s Critics: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Critical Reception of Johannes Brahms.” Since that time, her research has focused at the intersection between German music criticism, music analysis and music aesthetics from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. She is particularly fascinated by the intertextual relationship between music and philosophy, and music and literature. She is currently finishing a book called Brahms’s Elegies: The Poetics of Loss in German Culture which is concerned with the reciprocal relationship between Brahms’s music and the Austro-German intellectual tradition.


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Stephen Barker named dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

 

Stephen Barker to serve as dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. In interim role, he fostered faculty diversity, arts/sciences collaboration and outreach.

Irvine, Calif., July 5, 2016 – Drama professor Stephen Barker has been appointed dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. Serving as interim dean since September 2014, Barker has ushered the school into a new era of excellence, fostering faculty diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration between arts and sciences and working diligently to ensure that UCI continues to be a hub of Orange County arts and culture.

“I’m very pleased to be able to make this announcement,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Stephen Barker really understands the university’s role in preparing our students for success in their chosen fields; in engaging the community in our dramatic, musical and visual arts; and in helping to introduce our students to the
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Kojiro Umezaki, member of the Silk Road Ensemble, featured in a new documentary being released nationwide

Kojiro Umezaki, member of the Silkroad Ensemble, featured in a new documentary being released nationwide.

The Music of Strangers is a documentary film featuring members of the Silk Road Ensemble and opens Friday, June 10. The film will be showing throughout the summer at theaters nationwide.

ABOUT THE FILM

“The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge.” - Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the latest film
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