2017-18 Music Events/Series

Ensemble-in-Residence Series


Chamber Music | OC Presents: An Evening of Chamber Music with Pianist Robert McDonald

Join McDonald in a virtuosic program of chamber music featuring the violin sonatas of Janáček and Respighi with Trio Céleste violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, and Antonín Dvořák's masterful Piano Quintet with special guests Kyung Sun Lee and Paul Coletti, faculty of the Colburn School, and Trio Céleste members Iryna Krechkovsky and Ross Gasworth.


​Trio Céleste: Piano Trio Masterworks

Recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, international chamber music ensemble Trio Céleste continues to electrify audiences here and abroad in venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea. Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Ensemble-in-Residence for an afternoon of chamber music masterworks by Beethoven and Mendelssohn!



Faculty Artist Series


Trio de Janeiro

The Trio will perform two of the world's most well-loved piano trios; the monumental Ghost Trio by Beethoven and the scintillating Dumky Trio by Dvořák. Featuring Haroutune Bedelian, violin, Armen Ksajikian, cello, and Lorna Griffitt, piano, the group first met in 1990 at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. Since that time, they have performed together on numerous series in Oregon, California and Brazil among other venues.


Matt Hare, bass

Come hear the double bass in a variety of settings: unaccompanied, with piano, and in small ensemble. Works will include transcriptions of Scriabin, a composition commissioned by Hare from guest collaborator Hayk Arsenyan, Jon Deak’s B.B. Wolf, and Hare’s arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass.


Beethoven for Two Guitars: The Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo

Join guitar virtuosi John Schneiderman and Hideki Yamaya for masterful 19th-century arrangements for two guitars of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, string quartets, and even the famous Septet.


A Future of the Present Past - Kojiro Umezaki, Shakuhachi

Kojiro Umezaki, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Jenny Kim, fortepiano, present works for shakuhachi, fortepiano, electronics, and more. The program includes selections from Japanese composer Michio Mamiya’s Five Finnish Folk Songs arranged for the first time for the improbable combination of Monty Levenson’s shakulute—a hybrid shakuhachi-flute—and fortepiano.


Kei Akagi & Friends

Jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi will be joined by colleagues Darek Oles (bass) and Jason Harnell (drums) for an evening of original works. This trio has been together for over 25 years, and seamlessly incorporates the full spectrum of traditional and experimental jazz. The group will be joined for this concert by fellow improviser Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi, performing music from a recent recording collaboration and album release. 


A Touch of Europe” - Jerzy Kosmala and friends

Internationally acclaimed violist Jerzy Kosmala joins forces with fellow UCI faculty member Haroutune Bedelian, violin, and pianist David Dunford in a concert called “A Touch of Europe.” The concert will feature Alessandro Rolla’s Duo for Violin and Viola, with additional selections by Faure, Williams, Bloch, and Constantinides.


Something Old, Something New: Frances Young Bennett, soprano

Soprano Frances Young Bennett, described by the LA Times as “A soprano of gossamer sheer purity,” joins forces with UCI faculty pianists Nina Scolnik and Lorna Griffitt in a recital of music by Henry Purcell, American art song, and songs from the Great American Songbook.





Puccini’s Suor Angelica

First performed in 1918, this opera presents the story of Sister Angelica, who has been forced by her family to enter a convent following a scandal. After her aunt, the Princess, asks Angelica to sign over her inheritance to her younger sister, drama ensues. Suor Angelica is the second in Giacomo Puccini’s ethereal and spiritual triptych of operas, Il trittico, the others being the dark melodrama Il tabarro and the gutsy comedy Gianni Schicchi.



Symphony Orchestra Series

The UCI Symphony Orchestra presents “A Season of Joy.”


Fall: “A Flower Blossoms for its own Joy” – Oscar Wilde

This concert will feature Edvard Grieg’s Norwegian Dances; John Williams’s Three Pieces from Schindler’s List featuring Roberto Cani, concertmaster and violinist for the LA Opera Orchestra; and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged by Ellington and Strayhorn.


Winter: The Brahms Requiem

“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning” – Psalm 30:5

UCI Chamber Singers, Cal State Long Beach Chamber Singers, and the UCI Symphony Orchestra join forces to present Johannes Brahms’s exquisite A German Requiem. The concert will also include Sir Edward Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture.


Spring: “Joy Comes after Pain” – Guillaume Apollinaire

The evenng will feature Duke Ellington’s Giggling Rapids and Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, “London.” The Symphony is also thrilled to present the world premiere of a newly composed jazz piano concerto by UCI Music professors Christopher Dobrian and Kei Akagi.





A Music Salon with Johannes Brahms


An elegant salon featuring chamber, chamber vocal, and solo music by Johannes Brahms, with conversation about Brahms and his world by world-renowned Brahms scholars David Brodbeck and Nicole Grimes. Please join us for a reception before the concert.


Celebrate Music at UCI

An exciting, fast-paced evening of musical performances by students and faculty, including instrumental and vocal ensembles of all sizes, diverse forms of traditional classical music and jazz, and new works by UCI composers. A family-friendly evening of performances to celebrate the arts and music at UCI.


Spring Soirée

Celebrating outstanding graduating students in an elegant evening concert. Featuring solo performance, chamber music, small jazz, and contemporary music ensembles. Please join us for a reception before the concert.