SUMMERFEST 2012 ON UCSD-TV

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Produced by La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and UCSD-TV, watch performances, lectures, round table discussions, interviews, and rehearsals featuring internationally-renowned artists, composers, music scholars and SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin.

SummerFest 2012

TAN DUN’S WATER PASSION
Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM
TAN DUN: Water Passion after St. Matthew

Water Passion is a multicultural/multimedia oratorio, written by acclaimed Chinese composer Tan Dun 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.

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TAN DUN: Water Passion

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Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
DALBAVIE: Quartet for Piano & Strings

Adventurous composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie refashions that chamber music staple, the piano/string quartet, into a vehicle for exploring contemporary harmonies in a traditional context.

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DALBAVIE: Quartet for Piano & Strings

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Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
ZWILICH: Quartet for Piano & Strings

Ellen Taafe Zwilich’s Septet features an unusual combination of chamber music mainstays: a piano trio (the Newbury Trio) and a string quartet (the Amphion Quartet).

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ZWILICH: Quartet for Piano & Strings

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Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
KERNIS: Perpetual Chaconne

Aaron Jay Kernis’s Perpetual Chaconne features the virtuosic talents of two chamber music superstars, the celebrated Calder Quartet and popular clarinetist John Bruce Yeh.

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KERNIS: Perpetual Chaconne

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Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
KAHANE: Come On All You Ghosts

Composer Gabriel Kahane blurs the boundaries between popular and classical idioms with “Come On All You Ghosts,” his setting of three poems by San Francisco-based Matthew Zapruder, for voice and string quartet. In each of the songs, Kahane seeks musical equivalents for Zapruder’s exploration of spiritual and philosophical concerns as expressed in the mundanity of contemporary life. The result is a song cycle that is at once adventurous and accessible, with language both naturalistic and absurd – much like life.

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KAHANE: Come On All You Ghosts

SUMMERFEST FINALE
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM
MAURER: Sinfonia Concertante in A Minor

Composed in the 1830s and rarely performed today, Lugwig Maurer’s sprightly “SInfonia Concertante” is a showcase for four virtuoso violinists. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra.

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MAURER: Sinfonia Concertante in A Minor

SUMMERFEST FINALE
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM
ROSSINI: Overture to The Barber of Seville

Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville” is one of the most loved and best recognized works in the classical/opera repertoire, thanks in part to its use in countless movies, commercials, and of course, a Bugs Bunny cartoon (“Let me cut your top/Let me shave your mop…”. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads a stellar assemblage of chamber musicians in a spirited rendition of Rossini’s masterwork.

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ROSSINI: Overture to The Barber of Seville

SUMMERFEST FINALE
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2

The SummerFest Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano performs Beethoven’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major.

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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2

SUMMERFEST FINALE
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4

Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra in a lively interpretation of Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4 in A Major” (the “Italian” Symphony).

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MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4

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