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UCSB Amplified

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  • Martha Sprigge (photo by Eric Isaacs)
The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies will present a lecture with UCSB Assistant Professor of Musicology, Martha Sprigge, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Phelps Hall, Room 6206. In the summer of 1945, cities across occupied Germany lay in ruins, sometimes rendered entirely unrecognizable in the aftermath of Allied aerial bombing attacks during World War II. In this talk, titled "Germany's Musical Ruins," Dr. Sprigge will examine musical responses to the Air War. Composers who responded to Germany’s post-catastrophic landscape by engaging with visceral images of urban destruction in their compositions participated in a larger artistic trend known as Trümmerkünste, or the “rubble arts” that flourished across both Germanys in the late wartime and early postwar years. These musical works transformed the aftermath of the bombing—the rubble—into an aesthetic object—or, a ruin—at both the level of composition and performance. Dr. Martha Sprigge is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines musical expressions of mourning and loss in Germany and Eastern Europe, and she is currently writing a book on musical mourning and commemorative culture in the former German Democratic Republic. 
  1. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 5:00pm


Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
UCSB Assistant Professor of Voice Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian has been nominated for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) in the Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral) category for her album Mother of Light: Armenian hymns & chants in praise of Mary with Coro Vox Aeterna! Dr. Bayrakdarian is a four-time winner and seven-time Juno Award-nominee. Her albums Mozart: Arie e Duetti (2007), Viardot-Garcia: Lieder Chansons Canzone Mazurkas (2006), Cleopatra (2005), and Azulão (2004), have all won Classical Album of the Year (Vocal or Choral). The 2018 Juno Award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 25th. Read more...

It's on us!

The UCSB Department of Music proudly announces FREE ADMISSION to UCSB students for select events from our Concert Series. Present your UCSB student ID at the door, and gain access to events ranging from classical to world music.
The following concerts are FREE to UCSB students:
Percussion Ensemble 
Music of India Ensemble
Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM) 
Gospel Choir
Wind Ensemble
Gamelan Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players 
Jazz Ensemble 
UCSB students with ID do not need to purchase advance tickets, but please keep in mind that free seating is limited and preference will be given to ticket holders in the event of a sold-out show.


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The Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music and the UCSB MultiCultural Center have teamed up to present weekly FREE concerts of some of the best world music performers on the Central Coast. Performances happen every Wednesday during the quarter at noon in the UCSB Music Bowl (located in the Music Building courtyard).

View a current listing of World Music Series events here.