Join us for the second lecture of the 2019–2020 UCI Musicology Guest Lectures series. Amy Bauer will speak on A World in Constant Motion: Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days, Thursday, October 24, 4 PM, CAC third floor Colloquium room.

Critic Joshua Kosman called Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days: Piano Concerto with Moving Image (2008) “both dramatic and reflective, by turns ingratiatingly accessible and dauntingly abstruse. It seems to want to embrace the whole world” (Kosman 2015). The concerto outlines the Biblical creation story in seven connected movements, accompanied by coordinated projections by video artist Tal Rosner based on images of the two venues that commissioned the work (London’s Royal Festival Hall and Los Angeles’s Disney Hall). Adès’s conception of Genesis 1:2 follows recent scholarship which suggests that the Hebrew tōhû wābōhû describes not a chaotic, formless void, but rather an unproductive and empty place, to be shaped, ordered

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ILLUMINATIONS: Vocal Arts Alumni Recital

Dr. Philip Harris, with special guest Dalia Rodriguez

Friday, October 25, 2019

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

UCI vocal arts alumni Dr. Philip Harris and Dalia Rodriguez present an inspirational recital of songs, arias, and spirituals. Dr. Harris, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Hall, and the Aspen Festival, has introduced audiences nationwide to music by Black American composers through lectures, masterclasses, and recitals.

Free Admission

Presented with generous support from UCI Illuminations

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2019-20 Faculty Artist Series

1947 - Alan Terricciano, piano


Saturday, November 9, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The events of 1947, from the birth of the Cold War to the first reports of UFOs, reverberate to this day. Pianist Alan Terricciano explores the year 1947 through the lens of the extraordinary piano music produced that year by Prokofiev, Ustwolskaja, Wolpe, Monk, Talma, Cage and Hovhaness.

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

UCI Jazz Small Groups

Fall Concert 2019


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program 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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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Jen Shyu: Zero Grasses

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:00 pm
Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)


In Zero Grasses, Jen Shyu weaves together composition, vocals, dance, piano, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, and electronics into a ritualistic solo performance. This new project addresses—and aims to heal—the loss of communication between humanity and nature, and the need to restore human bonds. 

Free and open to the public.

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Photo: Lynn Lane

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UCI Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, conductor


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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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The Art of Performance in Irvine: Moten Swing

Organized by Ulysses Jenkins


Friday, November 22, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Join artist George Herms in collaboration with jazz pianist Kei Akagi for "Moten Swing", a multimedia performance with the use of sculptural proofs and live music interpretations. A tribute to UCI's first Department of Art Chair, Tony DeLap.

Free admission

Presented with generous support from UCI Illuminations

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UCI Symphony Orchestra - Fall 2019

Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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 is one of the premier large performance ensembles at UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The orchestra has been in existence since 1970, offering music majors, non-music majors, faculty and other community
members an opportunity to study and perform symphonic music of the ages. Spend the evening with the UCI Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Tucker, for an exploration of music by composers from around the world.

UCI Wind Ensemble Fall Concert

Kevin McKeown, conductor


Monday, December 2, 2019

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


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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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