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Malashock Dance teams with Art of Élan to create an evening of original choreography, set to live music by three of today's most exciting and appealing composers, David Bruce, Judd Greenstein, and Osvaldo Golijov. LIFEBLOOD HARMONY reflects multiple takes on our ability to remain hopeful in the face of overwhelming adversity, and that the darkest moments often lead to the greatest creative leaps. The program consists of:"At the End of a Really Great Day" - Composer: Judd Greenstein; "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" - Composer: Osvaldo Golijov; "Gumboots" - Composer: David Bruce.

Katinka Kleijn – champion of new music and a member of the Chicago Symphony – is soloist in Philip Glass' graceful Second Cello Concerto, drawn from his score to the film Naqoyqatsi. The concert concludes with one of Anton Bruckner's most compact and attractive symphonies, dedicated to Wagner and full of Bruckner's glorious writing for brass. Emerging composer LJ White adds to the fun with a new work commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Recorded on 02/10/2019.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus closes its 64th season with a reflection on the composer/soldiers of World War I, from Maurice Ravel to Ralph Vaughan-Williams to George Butterworth, whose life was tragically cut short in the war. Music from the same time by Charles Ives, and a favorite of Benjamin Britten, Barber's Adagio for Strings, rounds out a program that is both steeped in memory and full of messages for our own time. Recorded on 6/9/2019.

La Jolla Symphony has not performed Brahms' mighty Third Symphony, considered one of his most lyrical works, in a quarter of a century. The Symphony also premiered two commissioned works: a new piece by emerging Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi entitled "why the trees were murmuring," and Michael Pisaro's "Umbra & Penumbra," featuring percussionist Greg Stuart. Recorded on 02/09/2020.

Arthur Szyk often said, "Art is not my aim, it is my means." In this talk, Irvin Ungar exposes the viewer to the breadth and depth of the power, purpose, and persuasion of the artist Arthur Szyk who saw himself as a fighting artist, enlisting his pen and paintbrush as his weapons against hatred, racism, and oppression before, during, and after World War II. Recorded on 04/10/2019.

Opera News has called UC San Diego Music Professor Anthony Davis A National Treasure, for his pioneering work in opera. His six operas include works centered on recent historical figures & events, including Malcolm X and Patty Hearst. Davis' latest opera The Central Park Five, an exploration of the wrongful conviction of five teenagers of color in NYC in the 1980s, premiered at Long Beach Opera in 2019 to international acclaim. In this conversation with UC San Diego Music Professor Emeritus Cecil Lytle, Davis explains the genesis of The Central Park Five, and the challenges that ensue when art collides with current events. Recorded on 12/7/2019.

San Diego is poised to re-imagine some of its most iconic public spaces, such as Horton Plaza Park, Balboa Park and many other locations. Three innovative curators who have created change-making arts programming for public spaces in cities across the US talk about their vision to boost audience engagement and the practical implications of contemporary arts production in high-volume public spaces. Moderated by Jonathon Glus, Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the panelists are: Marc Pally, Independent Curator, Los Angeles; Susanne Theis, Program Director, Discovery Green Urban Park; and Karen Farber, Executive Director, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Recorded on 10/07/2019.

The US/Mexico border has served as a creative catalyst for artists for more than a century, but perhaps never more than now as barriers between both societies have grown. Join us for a lively discussion with three leading musicians on how they reflect on the border through their music, creating art that forges connections and common community. Moderated by radio journalist Betto Arcos, a regular contributor to NPR, BBC Radio 3 and LAs KPCC, the panel features Arturo OFarrill, multi-Grammy-winning composer, jazz pianist and Professor of Music at UCLA; Martha Gonzalez, co-founder and lead singer of Grammy award-winning band, Quetzal, and Associate Professor in Chicanox Latinox Studies at Scripps/Claremont Colleges; and Jorge Francisco Castillo, founder and director of the Fandango Fronterizo festival and leader of the cross-border son jarocho ensemble, Radio Guacamaya. Recorded on 05/14/2020.

The UCSB Department of Music's sixth annual showcase concert features performances by outstanding faculty, students, and alumni from the department. Faculty artists include soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, violist Jonathan Moerschel, violinist Ertan Torgul, and pianists Sarah Gibson, Natasha Kislenko, and Robert Koenig. The UCSB Percussion Ensemble, Cello Squad, Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Young Artists String Quartet, and members of the UCSB Jazz Combos perform, as well as UCSB graduate pianist Buyun Li. UCSB alumnus Azeem War⁠d presents an original work of his for beatbox flute. Recorded on 11/23/2019.
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