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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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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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