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Leslie Liu Receives 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction

Leslie Liu (BA 2016) has been chosen as one of thirty-four recipients to receive the 2016 Chancellor's Award of Distinction. This award recognizes graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI. Leslie will be honored with a special shoulder cord at commencement and a certificate of recognition signed by the Chancellor.

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New York Metropolitan Opera Star Janet Hopkins to Be Featured In The UCI Symphony Orchestra Spring Performance

NEW YORK METROPOLITAN OPERA STAR JANET HOPKINS TO BE FEATURED IN THE UCI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPRING PERFORMANCE

IRVINE, Calif. (May 10, 2016) – The UCI Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Stephen Tucker, is thrilled to welcome famed American dramatic mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins for a one-night only performance. The Orchestra will present the themed concert “Guarding the Future,” the third and final performance in the 2015-16 UCI Symphony Series, on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 8:00 pm in the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Ms. Hopkins will be sing Richard Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, the second piece in the program.

Janet Hopkins is known for her innovative style and approach to bringing classical music to broader audiences. She made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the early 90s and has since delighted opera lovers with her diverse repertoire. "The UCI Symphony is delighted to share the stage with one of America's most outstanding operatic
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Kojiro Umezaki and the Silk Road Ensemble Release New Album with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble recently released the new album, Sing Me Home. Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble and contributed to this album. Sing Me Home is a companion album, developed and recorded for the documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. LINK. 


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Things are looking up for Orange County's Trio Céleste

A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name.

“I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, quickly chime in. It’s “Say-lest,” they say, though “Seh-lest” is fine by them, too. Where did the name come from? The first time the group played was during a harvest moon, a “celestial event.”

The three of them showed up the other morning at an Irvine eatery to sip coffee and talk about recent developments, like the release of their first album, on Navona Records. The group, ensemble-in-residence at UC Irvine, seems on the verge of a breakout. Already busy on chamber music series throughout California, the trio recently signed with New York management, which will pursue out-of-state opportunities.

The non-profit organization they run, Chamber Music | OC, which promotes
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UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra’s Adoption of Santa Ana High School Orchestra Is Turning Saints Into Anteaters

 

UC IRVINE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ADOPTION OF SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA IS TURNING SAINTS INTO ANTEATERS

IRVINE, Calif., (April 8, 2016) – It has been four years since UC Irvine (UCI) Symphony Orchestra Maestro Dr. Stephen Tucker adopted the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) Symphony Orchestra and slowly, but surely, SAHS Saints are turning into UCI Anteaters.

“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 Dr. Tucker.

When SAHS students visited the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) last spring, they were asked, how many of them were seniors, ten students raised their hands. They were then asked, how many of them
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Kojiro Umezaki performed at TED 2016

Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki performed with the Silk Road Ensemble and Rhiannon Giddens at the main TED Conference (TED 2016) in Vancouver, Canada. Kojiro has been with the Silk Road Ensemble for fifteen years.

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Amy Bauer Presented at the Intercultural Music Conference 2016

Associate Professor of Music Amy Bauer gave the paper "Marginal no more: cross-cultural appropriation and reception in New Music" at the Intercultural Music Conference 2016 at the University of California, San Diego. LINK.
 


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"Surface Tension" brings pianist Eve Egoyan and new media artist David Rokeby to the UCI stage

GASSMANN ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDIO PRESENTS "SURFACE TENSION" WITH PIANIST EVE EGOYAN AND NEW MEDIA ARTIST DAVID ROKEBY

IRVINE, Calif. (February 23, 2016) - The Gassmann Electronic Music Studio in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine presents Surface Tension, a concert by pianist Eve Egoyan and new media artist David Rokeby, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall on the UCI campus. The concert of works for piano and interactive video will present collaborative works in which image and sound are equal and integrated partners. Admission is free; no ticket is required.

David Rokeby will also give a lecture titled “Programming Works for Music and Video” Thursday, March 3, 2016 in the Music and Media Building, Room 216 at 11:00 am, free and open to all. Based on a long history of programming software involving video and interactivity, Rokeby will
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