UCSB Fall Concert Series

Posted on Nov 28 by SEASONS Magazine

UCSB Music Dept. Wind Ensemble, photo by Eric Isaacs.

UCSB Music Dept. Wind Ensemble, photo by Eric Isaacs.

UCSB’s Fall Concert Series began this week and will include performances by the Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus, Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM), Wind Ensemble, Middle East Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players, and Gospel Choir.

Highlights include the Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus program featuring winter music from around the world and other songs inspired by nature; the Ensemble for Contemporary Music’s bold program of works by John Adams, Vincent Persichetti, and Tristan Murail; the UCSB Jazz Combos’ performance at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in downtown Santa Barbara; and the first performance of the UCSB Middle East Ensemble’s 30th year.

Ensemble for Contemporary Music

Wednesday, November 28 | 5:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Free UCSB students and children under 12 | $5 non-UCSB students | $10 general admission

John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction is the centerpiece for manifold transatlantic criss-crossing presented by UCSB’s ECM—Music’s contemporary repertory ensemble under the direction of Jeremy Haladyna. Duo pianists Pinshu Yu and Jared Eben “get down” in this rollicking minimalist effort for “down home” duetting pianos. American radical pioneer Leo Ornstein, longest-lived U.S. composer, is represented by the Saxophone Ballad offered by Brian Leal…and Vincent Persichetti and Alan Blank round out matters stateside, as Nick Mazuk offers the former’s trombone Parable and Soha Sadeghinejad the latter’s Music for Solo Viola II. From abroad come gems from England and France. Evan Losoya first takes the lead in the Oboe Quartet of the U.K.’s Alan Rawsthorne, assisted by string trio members Matt Owensby, Soha Sadeghinejad, and Joshua Kauk. Oboist Lexie Callaway-Cole next regales with a rare opportunity to hear Britten’s complete Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, a set of expert portrayals of well-known figures in Greek mythology. Hiroko Sugawara tackles the iconic L’Abîme des Oiseaux for clarinet alone by Messiaen, while graduate composer M.D. Owensby offers the timbrally unique viola solo by Tristan Murail: C’est un jardin secret…ma soeur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close. Finally there’s a compact trombone sonata by a Danish master, the prolific symphonist Vagn Holmboe. Trombonist Paul Wu does the honors to director Haladyna’s accompaniment.

UCSB Jazz Ensemble lead by Jon Nathan, photo by Eric Isaacs.

UCSB Jazz Ensemble lead by Jon Nathan, photo by Eric Isaacs.

Wind Ensemble

Thursday, November 29 | 7:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Free UCSB students and children under 12 | $5 non-UCSB students | $10 general admission

Directed by Paul Bambach, the UCSB Wind Ensemble will present classics from the wind band repertoire alongside new and exciting works by some of today’s most well-known composers. The program, titled “Bookends,” will include Robert Jager’s Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Béla Bartók’s Petite Suite, François Gossec’s Military Symphony in F, and Frank Ticheli’s Wild Nights. The concert will also feature graduate assistant Enoch Matsumura conducting Samuel Hazo’s Sevens. Rounding out the concert will be William Schuman’s George Washington Bridge and Chester Overture, acting as “bookends” to begin and end the concert.

Middle East Ensemble

Saturday, December 1 | 7:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

FREE children under 12 | $5 UCSB students | $10 non-UCSB students | $15 general admission

Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present an evening of music and dance reflecting the great variety of cultures found in the Middle East. This performance will mark the beginning of the Ensemble’s 30th year, and will feature five major Arab art songs from the second half of the 20th century: Umm Kulthum’s “il-Hubb Kidah,” Wadi‘ s-Safi’s “‘Ala Rimshi ‘Ayunha,” Sabah Fakhri’s “Iba‘tli Gawab,” Su`ad Muhammad’s “Wahashtini,” and Muhammad Kahlawi’s “L-Agli n-Nabi,” presented by solo vocalists Rob Hodges, Sam Khattar, Michelle Logan, and Sarah Salem. The ensemble will also present three Armenian songs (one also a dance), featuring Varduhi Sargsyan, solo vocalist. Andrea Fishman will perform two Sephardic songs from Morocco. The well-known Jordanian song, “Ya Sa‘ad,” will be featured, as well. As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Armenian, Egyptian, and Persian cultures, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Jatila van der Veen. The Dance Company will also bring back a former member of the company, Laura Leyl, to present a rousing solo dance.

Jazz Combos at SOhO

Sunday, December 2 | 1 pm | SOhO Restaurant and Music Club (1221 State St. #205)

Free UCSB students and children under 12 | $5 non-UCSB students | $10 general admission

Directed by Jon Nathan, the UCSB Jazz Combos will present a special concert at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in downtown Santa Barbara. The program will feature jazz standards as well as original songs and arrangements by some of today’s most innovative composers.

Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players

Monday, December 3 | 7:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Free UCSB students and children under 12 | $5 non-UCSB students | $10 general admission

Maxim Kuzin will lead the UCSB Chamber Orchestra in performances of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 (“Unfinished”) and Gioachino Rossini’s overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”). Directed by Robert Koenig, winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music Competition will perform as the UCSB Chamber Players for the first half of the concert, presenting Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s String Sextet in D Major, Op. 10, Antonín Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (“American”), and John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction for two pianos.

Gospel Choir

Friday, December 7 | 7:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Free UCSB students and children under 12 | $5 non-UCSB students | $10 general admission

Directed by Pastor Victor Bell, the UCSB Gospel Choir will present traditional and contemporary songs drawn from African American religious traditions.

Tickets to all events can be purchased online at music.ucsb.edu/news/purchase-tickets or by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at 805/893-2064. Directions and parking information can be found at music.ucsb.edu/about/maps.

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