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Sarah Koo, Top 100 Influencer in Orange County

Sarah Koo, the professional cellist and music teacher drove a half-dozen of her UC Irvine students to Las Vegas to soothe souls after 604 people were killed or wounded in a storm of bullets during a concert on the Strip. 


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Professor David Brodbeck receives AMS Book award

Professor David Brodbeck received the 2016 Award for Excellence for a Book on Jewish Studies and Music from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society for Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna (Oxford University Press).


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Celebrating Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016)

The Gassmann Electronic Music Series presents Celebrating Jean-Claude Risset (1938-2016), a concert commemorating the work of an electronic music pioneer. French composer and computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset, who passed away this past year, will be memorialized with performances of his music, discussion of the significance of his work, and the California premiere of compositions in his honor by UCI professors Mari Kimura and Christopher Dobrian. The event will be held Friday November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm in Winifred Smith Hall, in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. The concert is free; no ticket is required.

In the 1960s Risset was a pioneering researcher in the use of computers to analyze and synthesize musical sounds, and he was one of the first composers to use digitally synthesized sounds in his compositions. Trained in both science and music, he was a student of André Jolivet, a composer of both instrumental and computer music, a professor at the
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Lukas Ligeti Gives Solo Concert at the “Digging the Global South” Festival

In November, Lukas Ligeti gave a solo concert and a talk at the festival “Digging the Global South” in Cologne (a festival about current trends in electronic/experimental music in Africa), and played a special and unusual concert at the Hellerau cultural center in Dresden, closing a festival for which that building’s original stage, by Adolphe Appia and designed around 1910-12, was reconstructed. Playing with him were Simon Stockhausen (synthesizer) and 3 actors from Germany.


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John Gilmour, MFA, performed at the artist faculty recital at Chapman Univeristy

On November 4 , 2017, John Gilmour, MFA in Collaborative Piano, 2017 performed on an artist faculty recital with Mary Palchak, flutist and  Limor Toren-Immerman, violinist at Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall.
 


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To help with healing, UC Irvine music students bring their instruments to Las Vegas shooting memorial

By David Whiting

"There are lessons learned in the fires of 9-11, lessons that will last forever. The best are about love, hope and giving.

It is one week after 604 people were killed or wounded by a storm of bullets in Las Vegas. Near the city’s official entrance, Sarah Koo steps out of a van where 58 white crosses stand tall.

Blinded by her tears, the 37-year-old cellist tells herself to pull it together, that she’s a professor of music, that she’s here on a mission. Koo sets down her cello and draws the bow over the instrument’s four strings."

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Dessen jazz trio explores the sounds of science by improvising with software

Los Angeles Times reporter Cristofer Gross features Professors Michael Dessen and Nicole Mitchell regarding their upcoming concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on October 26.


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Eighth Blackbird and the Amadinda Percussion Group Premiere “Incandescence”

On Oct. 13, Eighth Blackbird and the Amadinda Percussion Group premiered Lukas Ligeti's newest piece, “Incandescence” for 10 musicians (commissioned by E.B.) at the Budapest Music Center. The US premiere will be on Feb. 2, 2018 at the University of Chicago.


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UCI students bring music to Vegas

Students from the Dept. of Music at UCI made the journey to Las Vegas, NV to share the gift of music with the victims and bystanders from the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1. Four current students, one alum, and a student’s sibling spent the day playing classical music near the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign where a memorial of crosses have been implemented for each victim. The entire scene was extraordinary – the students played through wind and tiredness, until their professor Sarah Koo, who organized the trip, finally reminded them they had an entire week of classes to face. Many visitors and onlookers stopped and listened and asked about the students that had come all the way from Irvine, CA. A welcomed trip of goodwill that reminded people of the power of music.


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