As William Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, play on!” And play on it shall. This year, the UCSB Department of Music hosts its third free music festival on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. The annual UCSB Summer Music Festival features a diverse set of artists and performances, providing past and current students alike an opportunity to showcase the best of their compositions.
Among the performers is UCSB alumnus, Jonathan Morgan, violist of the Opera Santa Barbara orchestra and Grammy Award-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Founder and Executive Director of the Now Hear Ensemble at the UCSB Department of Music, Morgan was recently a member of the viola faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the 2017-2018 academic year. Currently, Morgan is an artist on the roster of Aerocade Music, a San Franciso-based record label, with whom he released a recording of Nick Norton‘s Elegy II and is donating all the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). For a sample of his work, watch the video below. Morgan performs Friday, August 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the UCSB Art, Design, and Architecture Museum.
Gamelan Sinar Surya, a Santa Barbara-based Southeast Asian orchestra, also performs at the music festival. Complete with gongs, chimes, xylophones, flutes, and drums, the tradition of Gamelan has withstood the test of time, remaining a prominent aspect of Indonesian and Malaysian culture. Watch the video below for a taste of what’s to come. Gamelan Sinar Surya will be performing on Saturday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Music Bowl.
Also included in the lineup is Adelfos Ensemble, a choral ensemble that offers a beautiful mix of a capella and choral music. From ancient chants and Renaissance motets to folk song arrangements and contemporary works, Adelfos Ensemble performs a wide range of genres. The Adelfos Ensemble will perform Friday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the UCSB, Art, and Architecture Museum.
Other notable performers include Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara, a Mariachi band dedicated to preserving the heritage in Santa Barbara, and UCSB carillonist, Margo Halsted, Associate Adjunct Professor of Music. Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara will be performing on Friday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Theater Center. and Margo Halsted on Saturday, August 18 from 10:30-11 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. at Storke Plaza.
The music festival will also feature the Interactive Multimedia Exhibition presented by graduate students from the Media Arts and Technology department in conjunction with the Department of Music, in addition to a children’s concert put on by various festival artists.
The festival features a diverse program that allows attendees to experience the best music of various genres, cultures, and time periods. The festival is spread out throughout UCSB’s campus. For the full festival schedule and lineup, visit the UCSB Department of Music’s website here.
The UCSB Department of Music is a fully established research and professional graduate program that offers degrees in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, and performance. With over 150 events annually, the Department of Music features a wide array of performances, ranging from chamber music, large ensembles, opera, contemporary groups, world music, and jazz ensembles. Many graduates of the program have gone on to become publishers, composers for television and film, conductors of orchestras, and members of operas and choruses.
For more information, visit the UCSB Department of Music’s website here or call 805/893-5672. The department is located at 1315 Music Building.