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Byron Smith, a 2014 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series, discusses his work on the series House of Cards.

Go behind the scenes with cameraman/editor, Mark Romanov, who specializes in hard-to-get shots which is apparent in his work on Rick Rosenthal's documentary, The Dark Side of the Ocean.
Recorded on 07/22/2015.

The Quintet in E-flat Major amply supports the contention that Mozart wrote superbly for wind instruments. Composing for an unusual combination of instruments, Mozart speaks directly to the character of each; the short and often rapid phrases for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, & horn are beautifully supported by the piano's rippling, fluid lines. This piece is not about virtuosity, but about musicians putting themselves at the service of the music. Recorded on 11/22/2017.

Steven Schick leads a sharply varied program. Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe has taken particular pleasure in writing music with film, and we hear her "Fuel," with a film by Bill Morrison. Young Artist Winner Anne Liu performs Camille Saint-Saens' witty "Second Piano Concerto," which has been described as "beginning with Bach and ending with Offenbach." The concert concludes with Jean Sibelius' mighty "Symphony No. 5," which drives to its triumphant conclusion on six shattering chords for full orchestra. Recorded on 5/5/2019.

Two things mark Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, his shortest symphony and one of the least-performed. The first is its energy; contrary to classical sonata form there is no slow movement. The second is its unflagging good humor. The Eighth is full of high spirits, unexpected twists, unusual colors, and musical jests. In the symphony's lightness some listeners detect traces of the influence of Haydn and Mozart, but as with all of Beethoven's work the language is uniquely his own. Recorded on 03/17/2019.

Adventurous programming is a signature trait of La Jolla Symphony and this concert is no exception, featuring a newly commissioned work along with two popular favorites. Nee Commission recipient Celeste Oram's, "a loose affiliation of alleluias" is an ambitious concerto for violin and three voices. Robert Schumann's "Violin Concerto" features virtuoso violinist Keir GoGwilt in one of that composer's most adventurous and popular pieces. Finally there's John Adams' "Harmonium," the large-scale work for orchestra and chorus which signaled the arrival of a major new talent. Recorded on 12/08/2019.

Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, created paintings and sketches for his own enjoyment. Some of these pieces were on loan from the Geisel estate and exhibited at the UC San Diego Library for the 16th annual Dinner in the Library gala. Join a panel of distinguished speakers as they explore broad themes woven throughout Geisel's works and its literary and artistic impact. Panelists Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection, Seth Lerer, Professor of Literature, and Rob Sidner, Mingei International Museum, each bring a unique perspective.
Recorded on 09/20/2019.

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.

In the 2018/2019 season the La Jolla Symphony performed Florence Price's "Violin Concerto No. 2," and inaugurates their 2019/20120 season with Price's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major." Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have a symphonic piece performed in the 1930's by a major orchestra, but her work has been sadly neglected in the decades since. The chance discovery of several scores in 2009, including the two Violin Concertos, has sparked renewed interest in her compositions. Recorded on 11/3/2019.
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