Join us for the final Winter 2020 lecture of the 2019–2020 UCI Musicology Guest Lectures series. Dr. Cesar Favila from the University of California, Los Angeles will speak on “Sonic Thresholds in Colonial Mexican Convents: The Grates of the Cloister and the Lips of Nuns, or Who was Sister Rosa?,” Thursday February 27, 4 PM, CAC first floor Colloquium room.

The state of Novohispanic convent music and historical sources—limited and scattered at best; destroyed or in private hands at worst—has contributed to a lacuna in scholarship on women’s music making in colonial Mexico. The pioneering work of Julia Tuñón Pablos on the (forgotten) history of women in Mexico calls for a more careful reading between the lines of books and documents written by men to find women’s contributions to Mexican society. For music history, this means drawing musical concerns out of convent ceremonials and rules, devotional literature, and nuns’ biographies (Vidas

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Noon Showcase Concert

Winter 2020


Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020

12:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

On Wednesday, March 4th at noon, the Winter Showcase Concert will present works by Beethoven, Schubert, Hoffmeister and Stravinsky, among others. Come hear the music department’s brilliant and talented young musicians in Winifred Smith Hall.

Free admission

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Join us for a Film Screening & Q & A with the composer Matthew Rosenblum of David Bernabo’s “In a Dark Wood” Wednesday, March 4, 6 p.m. in the McCormick Screening Room, 1070 Humanities Gateway. “In a Dark Wood” charts the path leading to the creation of Mathew Rosenblum’s “Lament/Witches’ Sabbath,” a highly personal concerto written for the world-famous klezmer clarinetist and composer David Krakauer. Shot on location in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Boston, the film reminisces on Rosenblum and Krakauer’s long friendship while exploring the composer’s remembrance of his grandmother, who fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine in 1919 and finally made her way to New York via Vienna and Palestine. With its use of sampled laments sung in Ukrainian, Russian, and Yiddish, it's truly powerful and poignant music that has great relevance in our time.

With diverse musical elements derived from classical, jazz, rock, and world music traditions, Mathew

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Piano Master Class with Guest Artist Dr. Sharon Mann

Friday, March 6, 2020
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Winifred Smith Hall

Please join us for a  Piano Master Class with Guest Artist DrSharon Mann featuring CTSA  piano students in works by Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, and Enescu. 

March 6 at 1:00 PM. This master class is free and open to the public.

Sharon Mann, Professor of Piano, San Francisco Conservatory


Respected soloist and ensemble player, Dr. Sharon Mann is widely acclaimed for her penetrating interpretations of Bach’s keyboard music. A recent re-release of her Bach Partitas has been received with high praise nationally. 

Dr. Mann has served on the faculties of the Itzhak Perlman Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, California Summer Music, 

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UCI Symphony Orchestra

Winter 2020 Concert

Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor


Friday, March 6, 2020

8:00 p.m.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Ticketholders are invited to join Maestro Tucker for a pre-concert conversation starting at 7:00 pm in the theatre.

The UCI Symphony Orchestra welcomes Maestro Vito Clemente and composer Ricardo Santoboni from Italy. The concert will feature work by Italian composer Traetta, a world premiere of Riccardo Santoboni’s composition, and a work of film composer Nino Rota. The concert will also feature the winner of the 2020 Concerto Competition, Brianna Finnell, soprano.

General admission: $20
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $17
Arts Subscribers: $15
UCI Students & Children under 17: $7

*Tickets purchased at the Barclay Box Office will incur a

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2019-20 Faculty Artist Series

Jerzy Kosmala, viola


Saturday, March 7, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Internationally acclaimed violist Jerzy Kosmala joins the 2019-20 Faculty Artist Series for the Department of Music at UCI.

General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Subscribers: $14
UCI Students & Children under 17: $6

UCI Wind Ensemble

Winter 2020 Concert

Kevin McKeown, conductor


Monday, Mar. 9, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission

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UCI Guitar Ensemble

Winter 2020 Concert


Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020

12:00 pm

Arts Amphitheatre

UCI guitar students present a program of solos, duos, trios, and quartets selected from six centuries of repertoire by composers from around the world.

Free admission

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UCI Chamber Singers

Winter 2020 Concert

Dr. Irene Messoloras, conductor


Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

UCI Chamber Singers perform a showcase of songs highlighting the diverse talents of our students in the vocal art programs.

Free admission

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UCI Vocal Arts 

Songs of Lori Laitman
American Composer


Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and over 250 songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets. Students will sing some of her songs, in anticipation of presenting the West Coast premiere of her opera, The Scarlet Letter.

Free admission

Presented with generous support from UCI Illuminations

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