Jam with the Students of UCSD's Jazz Camp

Every summer, a group of talented musicians, ranging in age from 14 to adult, gather together to jam … with jazz, that is.

The five-day Jazz Camp at UC San Diego offers intermediate to advance level musicians a diverse, one-of-a-kind journey into the world of jazz with group courses and workshops, plus private lessons, jam sessions, and concerts. The camp’s extraordinary faculty of leading jazz improvisers and educators help to sharpen students’ performance skills and enrich their experience of jazz as a broad spectrum of options for musical expression.

But the students aren’t the only ones to benefit. UCSD-TV cameras were at this year’s Jazz Camp Finale Concert to capture highlights of the wonderful student ensembles performing standards and new compositions. Watch it on your TV tonight, August 10, at 8pm or get a jump on your jazz fix and enjoy it online now. No jazz hands, please.

Jake Heggie Talks Moby-Dick with Ian Campbell

Last week, a sold-out crowd gathered at La Jolla’s Neurosciences Institute for an engaging conversation about inspiration, creation and modern opera between San Diego Opera’s Ian Campbell and Jake Heggie, composer of the acclaimed 2010 opera “Moby-Dick,” which opens at San Diego’s Civic Theater onFebruary 18. Before a delighted audience, Heggie shared what went into […]

Last week, a sold-out crowd gathered at La Jolla’s Neurosciences Institute for an engaging conversation about inspiration, creation and modern opera between San Diego Opera’s Ian Campbell and Jake Heggie, composer of the acclaimed 2010 opera “Moby-Dick,” which opens at San Diego’s Civic Theater onFebruary 18. Before a delighted audience, Heggie shared what went into the composition of this stunning theatrical showpiece, including his artistic process, unique musical language, experiences with collaborators involved in the project, and the state of contemporary opera and new music in America.

If you weren’t able to get a seat for this special event, don’t despair. UCSD-TV’s cameras were there. We’re airing the special all month and have also made it available for viewing online at your leisure. Everything you need to know is at the link. Enjoy!

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MacArthur ‘geniuses’ on UCSD-TV

Today the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2011 ‘genius’ grants and we were pleased to see two names familiar to UCSD-TV – cellist Alisa Weilerstein and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. Both artists will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. Alisa Weilerstein will make her UCSD-TV debut in La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2011 performance […]

2011 MacArthur Fellow Alisa Wielerstein, appearing on UCSD-TV October 7th

Today the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2011 ‘genius’ grants and we were pleased to see two names familiar to UCSD-TV – cellist Alisa Weilerstein and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. Both artists will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.

Alisa Weilerstein will make her UCSD-TV debut in La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2011 performance of “Mozart, The Sublime Spirit,” premiering October 7 at 8pm. Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to see a “genius” in action! We’ll be premiering two more SummerFest programs in October, including Commissions and Premieres (October 14) and the season’s 2011 finale (October 21). Visit our SummerFest series page for additional broadcast dates and more video from past SummerFest seasons.

Another recipient, percussionist Dafnis Prieto, is interviewed in the UCSD-TV documentary about the making of  ”Lilith: The Opera,” which premiered in San Diego in 2010. Check out the video on our website.

2011 MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto appeared in UCSD-TV's 2010 documentary, "Making Lilith"