The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents a special faculty chamber music recital, featuring members of the string and keyboard staff, on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB Campus. Musicologist and UCSB Associate Professor Dr. Derek Katz opens the evening with a pre-concert lecture, followed by George Enescu’s Aubade in C Major for violin, viola, and cello, and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major for violin, viola, cello, and piano, Op. 87.
“It is such a thrill to collaborate together for the first time with these amazing musicians who are all recent additions to our world-class faculty at UCSB,” says Robert Koenig, Professor of Keyboard and the Performance Program Area Head at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music. “Along with Professor Derek Katz and his insightful and stimulating pre-concert lecture, we hope to bring our students, faculty, and community a memorable and special evening of chamber music.”
Derek Katz, a specialist in Czech music, has published articles in Musical Quarterly and multiple Czech journals, as well as chapters in Nineteenth Century Chamber Music (Schirmer, 1998), Janáček and His World (Princeton, 2003), and Modernism and Opera (Johns Hopkins, 2016). His book Janáček Beyond the Borders was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2009. His more recent work deals with institutional support for professional string quartets in the United States in the mid-20th Century.
Koenig and Katz are joined by the award-winning violinist Ambroise Aubrun. In addition to teaching violin and chamber music at UC Santa Barbara and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Aubrun is also the current music director of the Sonnets and Sonatas Lecture Concert series at the Getty Center. Also taking the stage are violist Jonathan Moerschel and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel. Both have toured the world, performing at renowned venues such as the Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague.
— Jessica Morelli