Events

Join us for the first 2020 lecture of the 2019–2020 UCI Musicology Guest Lectures series. Our own Colleen Reardon will speak on “Writing a Tenor’s Voice: Cesare Grandi and the Siena Production of Il Farnaspe (1750),” 4 PM, CAC first floor Colloquium room.

As scholars press forward with their explorations of eighteenth-century drammi per musica productions as events (departing from a more singular focus on the work as captured in a musical score), revelations about the communities and individuals who had a hand in the shape of an opera continue to grow. Much recent work, for example, has focused intently on how performers influenced both the composition of a work and its production process. We have long known that composers often took into consideration singers’ voices, especially those of the renowned sopranos and castratos of the day—Francesco Bernardi, Faustino Bordoni, and Francesco Cuzzoni, to name just a few, who took

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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

21C: The Living Earth Show: Hyphen

 

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall

Hyphen showcases new works written for The Living Earth Show by Iranian electroacoustic music composers of different generations: Alireza Mashayekhi, Aida Shirazi, Farnood HaghaniPour, and Nima Rowshan. The concert celebrates Mashayekhi's 80th birthday, and features the world premiere of his new work Labyrinth II.

Free admission.

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Saxophones with Strings Attached

Saturday, February 1, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Swedish saxophonist and composer Anders Lundegård presents several new compositions alongside classical masterpieces of the eighteenth- and twentieth-century, with UCI pianist Yuliya Minina, and a string trio and quartet composed of UCI students. Dr. Lundegård is famous for the witty and educational presentation of his programs, which offer asides on Swedish and American culture, as well as music history and the legacy of the saxophone. 

Program:

Flute Sonata in D, Op. 94 (1943), Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged for soprano saxophone and piano by Anders Lundegård

Conversation Piece for alto saxophone and piano (2018) , Anders Lundegård
Waltz up?
Ragtime Rage
Cha-cha-chats
Give them Some Swing to talk about

Based on the informal groups portraits associated with

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Join us for the second 2020 lecture of the 2019–2020 UCI Musicology Guest Lectures series. Martha Sprigge from the University of California, Santa Barbara will speak on “Musical Widowhood and the Gendered Labour of Mourning in East Germany,” Thursday February 6, 4 PM, CAC first floor Colloquium room.

In the archives of the former East German Academy of the Arts, there is a folder labeled “widow correspondence.” The letters inside offer a glimpse at the women who served as private brokers of their nation’s cultural heritage. They protected their husbands’ gravestones, oversaw their archives, and sustained their ideological commitments. Several were renowned artists in their own right. Their primary designation as widows in this collection raises questions of the role of women in performing the work of mourning in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Though there are a wealth of studies that document the feminization of grief

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2019-20 Faculty Artist Series

Kei Akagi (piano) and Friends

 

February 14 - 15, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

An annual favorite featuring a jazz program
More info coming soon!

Performances
Evenings: Feb. 14, 15 at 8:00 p.m.

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

UCI Jazz Small Groups

Winter 2020 Concert

 

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will presents its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission



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Iridescent

A Gassmann Electronic Music Series

 

 

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

8:00 pm

Music and Media Building, Room 218

Free Admission

 

 

Nicole Mitchell, flute and electronics

Christina Wheeler, vocals, mbira, and electronics

 

Iridescent is a new project by Nicole Mitchell and Christina Wheeler,
combining flute, mbira, electronics, and processed vocals into a
luminous, shifting, living soundscape. Seeking discovery, raw emotion,
and cultural expression, Iridescent builds mosaics with harmonized
African rhythms, ethereal atmospheres, and freewheeling moments,
defying genre in a daring musical adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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UCI Jazz Orchestra

Winter 2020 Concert

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, conductor

 

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Please join the UCI Jazz Orchestra for an evening of the warm and exciting sounds of large-ensemble jazz music, including the classic repertoire of the big band era.

Free admission



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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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UCI Wind Ensemble

Winter 2020 Concert

Kevin McKeown, conductor

 

Monday, Mar. 2, 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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