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Pianist Aleck Karis probes the emotional intensity of Beethoven's late music with examples of his craft and tools and then in a complete performance of the magnificent Sonata Opus 110. Karis presents Beethoven as a master and innovator of harmony, counterpoint and form in this third installment of the "To Be Musical" series sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt College at UC San Diego.

Established in 1982, the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego is a unique assembly of commissioned works by leading contemporary artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, and William Wegman. Each project is tailored for a specific site on the 1200-acre campus, and the diversity of forms, materials, and scale reflect and enhance the topographical and architectural distinctiveness of UC San Diego. Many of the artists who have designed works for the Collection are seldom represented in public sculpture collections and a significant number of the artists were better known for work in other media before creating their first permanent outdoor sculpture for the Stuart Collection.

In this 30th Anniversary program, a stellar assemblage of musicians perform two of the most beloved works in the chamber music repertoire: Strauss' "Sextet for Strings from Capriccio," and Schumann's "Piano Quartet in E-flat Major."

La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest celebrates the conclusion of its 30th season with a concert featuring some of the world's best musicians performing as the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra. Led by conductor James Conlon, the Orchestra performs Schubert's "Symphony No. 5," Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2" (featuring soloist Gil Shaham), and Mozart's "Symphony No. 34."

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky describes himself as a "composer" who considers poetry to be first and foremost a vocal art, and his work seeks to blur the distinctions between language and music by emphasizing the rhythms and innate physicality of recited verse in a jazz context. In this performance for the 22nd Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University, Pinsky's reading is accompanied by a talented trio of PLNU students. The music - a blend of rehearsed and improvised - employs a variety of jazz styles, sometimes sympathetic and sometimes in playful counterpoint, but always responsive to the poet's distinctive voice.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2016, renowned bassist Mark Dresser leads a group of talented students in a performance of standards and new works. Recorded on 06/24/2016.

Comprised of some the world's best musicians, the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra performs Prokofiev's popular Violin Concerto No. 2, wtih virtuoso soloist Gil Shaham and under the baton of renowned conductor James Conlon. Recorded on 8/26/2016.

The three peices on this program demonstrate the invention and versatility that characterize all of Mozart's chamber music. The first, Flute Quartet in C Major, is a relatively recent discovery that is believed to be written by Mozart, but doubts of its authenticity lend an aura of mystery to the piece. The second, Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, is one of several virtuoso pieces that Mozart wrote for winds. The final piece's innocent title, "Divertimento," denoting music that is light and easily digestible, should not fool the listener; this in one of Mozart's most formidable compositions. This is chamber music at its most intimate and expressive. Recorded on 8/22/2017.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus performs excerpts from the season-opening "Crossing the Rue St. Paul" concert, with commentary from the stage by Conductor Steven Schick and questions from the audience. Recorded on 11/3/2017.
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