Faculty In the News

Chris Dobrian and Mari Kimura Honoring Jean-Claude Risset

Chris Dobrian and Mari Kimura performed a memorial concert honoring composer and computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset in Winifred Smith Hall on November 17.

John Schneiderman of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo Performed Several CD Release Concerts

In support of their Hänssler Classic recording “Beethoven for Two Guitars,” guitarist John Schneiderman of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo performed several CD Release Concerts, a UCI recital on November 4th, followed by a performance November 11th for the Musica Maestrale early music series in Portland.  On December 2nd and 3rd they will perform in New Haven, including at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments where they will also hold a masterclass for the Yale graduate students in guitar.  


Nicole Mitchell Held a Residency at UCLA in November

Flutist, composer and improvisor Nicole Mitchell held a residency at UCLA November 8–9, giving a lecture, workshop and performance with pianist Billy Childs, vocalist Dwight Trible and bassist Mark Dresser (more information attached). Her tribute to the late composer-improvisor Muhal Richard Abrams appeared in the November issue of The Wire

Sarah Koo, Top 100 Influencer in Orange County

Sarah Koo, the professional cellist and music teacher drove a half-dozen of her UC Irvine students to Las Vegas to soothe souls after 604 people were killed or wounded in a storm of bullets during a concert on the Strip. 

Molly Lynch Participated as a Judge at the 20th Annual Choreography Festival

Molly Lynch was invited to participate as a Judge for Division 1 (professional level) at the 20th Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Deser on November 11, 2017.

Dance Students participate in the East Meets West Festival in China

Ten students and three faculty members from the Department of Dance were invited to participate in the "East Meets West" International Dance Festival in Shanghai, China. Students had the opportunity to participate in master classes, seminars, and workshops with local artists and students. Professors Tong Wang, John Crawford, and Kelli Sharp gave lectures and presentations at the festival. The following faculty also presented choreography: Tong Wang, Donald McKayle, and Lisa Naugle. Student Radhanath Thialan was also selected to showcase his choreography. The collaboration was part of the departments ongoing "China Initiative" which supports academic collaboration with China and increases the visibility and influence of the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Dance in China and the local Chinese community.

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Professor David Brodbeck receives AMS Book award

Professor David Brodbeck received the 2016 Award for Excellence for a Book on Jewish Studies and Music from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society for Defining Deutschtum: Political Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna (Oxford University Press).

Lukas Ligeti Gives Solo Concert at the “Digging the Global South” Festival

In November, Lukas Ligeti gave a solo concert and a talk at the festival “Digging the Global South” in Cologne (a festival about current trends in electronic/experimental music in Africa), and played a special and unusual concert at the Hellerau cultural center in Dresden, closing a festival for which that building’s original stage, by Adolphe Appia and designed around 1910-12, was reconstructed. Playing with him were Simon Stockhausen (synthesizer) and 3 actors from Germany.

To help with healing, UC Irvine music students bring their instruments to Las Vegas shooting memorial

By David Whiting

"There are lessons learned in the fires of 9-11, lessons that will last forever. The best are about love, hope and giving.

It is one week after 604 people were killed or wounded by a storm of bullets in Las Vegas. Near the city’s official entrance, Sarah Koo steps out of a van where 58 white crosses stand tall.

Blinded by her tears, the 37-year-old cellist tells herself to pull it together, that she’s a professor of music, that she’s here on a mission. Koo sets down her cello and draws the bow over the instrument’s four strings."

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