Summer(Fest) is Still in the Air – Starting Tonight!

Sure, the days are getting shorter, but the spirit of summer is still going strong on UCSD-TV with the premiere of three programs from La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012 season.

The excitement kicks off tonight, October 5, at 8pm with Tan Dun’s Water Passion, a multicultural/multimedia oratorio, written by the acclaimed Chinese composer to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach, whose “St. Matthew Passion” provided the initial inspiration for this work.  The music is a theatrical  mix of water bowls, drums, strings, Tibetan bells, chants, digital sounds, Chinese opera and Tuvan throat singing, with a dash of jazz and postmodernism, all filtered through Tan Dun’s adventurous sensibility.

Then tune in next Friday, October 12, at 8pm for Commissions & Premieres, part of SummerFest’s long tradition of showcasing new works. This year’s program includes stimulating pieces by American composers Gabriel Kahane, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Aaron Jay Kernis, and French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie.

Finally, on October 19, there’s the Finale Concert, featuring 38 of the world’s best chamber and symphonic musicians as the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of celebrated conductor Kent Nagano.  The eclectic program includes Rossini’s beloved “Overture to The Barber of Seville,” Beethoven’s viruoso “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major,” Maurer’s surprising “Sinfonia Concertante in A Minor for Four Violins and Strings,” and Mendelssohn’s  colorful “Symphony No. 4 in A Major.”

All programs repeat throughout the month and will be available online by their premiere date.

If you’re still not ready to let summer go, visit our SummerFest series page, where you can find video of performances and behind-the-scenes interviews going all the way back to 1999. That should keep you warm during the winter!

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2012: Tan Dun’s Water Passion

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"