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  • Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara

In recognition of El Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara-based Mariachi Las Olas, founded and directed by Juan Zaragoza, will perform various music genres from Mexico including rancheras, boleros, corridos, sones, and gustos. VIVA La Batalla de Puebla! May 4, 2016. Noon. Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

  1. May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm
  • © 1936 Al Hirschfeld. Courtesy Of The Margo Feiden Galleries, New York.
Speaker: James Steichen, Lecturer, Stanford University

Topic: “Broadway does it more naturally” –On Your Toes and the Making of an American Ballet

Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 On Your Toes has long been seen as a pivotal moment in the history of “integrated” musical comedy (in particular regarding the role of dance as a vehicle of plot development), and George Balanchine’s work on the show has been regarded as the first time that dance on Broadway merited the distinction of “choreography.” Drawing on archival material made available in recent years, this talk lays out a more expansive meaning for the dances of On Your Toes, arguing that they served as a rich site of experimentation for not just Broadway form but the development of Balanchine’s uniquely American choreography. The virtuosic, comedic, and tragic dances of On Your Toes seamlessly blended Tin Pan Alley song with Gershwin’s symphonic idioms and playfully juxtaposed tap dancing and Russian ballet, acts of creative exchange underpinned by unacknowledged and problematic racial and gender dynamics. This blending provided an inadvertent blueprint for the elusive idea of “American ballet” sought by Balanchine and his patron and champion Lincoln Kirstein in Depression-Era America. For us today, the dances of On Your Toes allow us to see more clearly the popular roots of Balanchine’s neoclassical style.


  1. May 4, 2016 -
    3:30pm to 4:45pm
  • David Nakazono

UCSB undergraduate student, David Nakazono (trumpet), will present a junior recital on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6 p.m. in UCSB's Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. Admission is free. Works by Marcello, Hummel, and more.

  1. April 30, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Kenn McSperitt

Using formant gestures and overtone characteristics of speech to orchestrate human voice patterns, composer Kenn McSperitt seeks to create spectral signatures that represent the nature, styling, and timbre of his subjects in settings for chamber orchestra. Presenting these orchestrational techniques, along with samples of his work, McSperitt finds a wealth of new resources for composing using the sciences of spectral analysis, phonetics, and phonology.

  1. May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Ursonate

The collaborative team of Peter Beyls, Jack Ox, and Kristen Loree will talk about their unique proposal to transform an existing art work, actually a transformation of another art work, into a general algorithmic, transdisciplinary toolkit for mapping inside virtual reality environments, such as UCSB's AlloSphere.

  1. May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • Zachary Mendez

Graduate student Zachary Mendez (tenor) will present a master's recital on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Works by Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, Turina, Britten, and Wood. In collaboration with John Scoville, piano. Admission is free.

  1. May 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Felix Eisenhauer

UCSB graduate student Felix Eisenhauer (piano), will present a lecture recital for his DMA in collaborative piano on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Featuring Barber's Hermit Songs, with Tara Eisenhauer (soprano) and Ivie Lim (ballet dancer). Admission is free.

  1. May 8, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Tabla

Scott Marcus leads a performance of North Indian classical music performed on sitars with tabla accompaniment by Ziyad Marcus. May 11, 2016. Noon. UCSB Music Bowl. Free. Presented by the UCSB Multicultural Center and the Ethnomusicology Program in the Department of Music.

  1. May 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

If you want to be a part of international Reger year 2016, there’s only one place in all of America to do it: at Lotte Lehmann Hall with UCSB’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music (or ECM). There, on May 11th, this versatile ensemble offers a program well dosed in the music of Max Reger on the exact calendar day he died 100 years ago. In a special concert, dubbed, “We Miss You Max!,” the young musicians of ECM get to express their newfound love for a musical renegade, while, on the very same day, Germany is all a-buzz with special concerts in his honor. But here in the U.S., ECM will have a rare “exclusive.”

  1. May 11, 2016 - 4:00pm
  • Tianna Harjo

UCSB graduate student Tianna Harjo (viola) will present a doctoral recital on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free.

  1. May 11, 2016 - 7:30pm


  • BFE and SEM union over ice cream social

Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco and Dr. Tim Cooley gave talks at the New Currents in Ethnomusicology conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) 2016 Annual Conference at the University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Arts, located in the historic dockyard, Chatham, on April 14-17, 2016.

  • Photo by David Bazemore.

Opera Santa Barbara's double bill production of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica will feature Dr. Linda Di Fiore as well as eight UCSB singers, including Luvi Avendano, Sally Rose Bates, Adam Bradley, Molly Clementz (Mosher Studio Artist), Zachary Mendez, Naomi Merer, Juliet Powar, and Carol Tsai. Photo by David Bazemore.

  • Molly Clementz

Students from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music took top prizes in the 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

  • Tim Cooley

Dr. Timothy Cooley, an alumnus of Northwestern University, took part in a workshop celebrating the recent opening of the new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music on April 8, 2016. The event, entitled "Sounding Spaces: A Workshop on Music, Urban Space, Landscape, and Architecture," featured faculty from the Bienen School of Music and visiting scholars from UCLA, Princeton, and Tulane University. Each speaker discussed a particular aspect of sound and space, with topics cutting across centuries, geographies, and genres.


  • Timboctou, 2012. Photo by Steven A. Gunther. Courtesy of CalArts Center for New Performance.

In her chapter titled “Re: Moving Bodies in the USA/Mexico drug /border /terror /cold wars,” Dr. Hellier-Tinoco engages performative writing and analytical strategies to examine notions of corporeality in relation to multiple wars.

Timboctou, 2012. Photo by Steven A. Gunther. Courtesy of CalArts Center for New Performance.

  • Juliet Powar and Dr. Linda DiFiore. Photo by Matt Perko.

UCSB's alumni publication, Coastlines, recently featured an article outlining the audition process for the performing arts at UCSB. Click to read the full story, which highlights auditions at the Departments of Music, and Theater and Dance.

Photo by Matt Perko.

  • James Conlon with the five judges.

UCSB voice faculty member, Dr. Linda Di Fiore, recently served as a judge for the Ziering-Conlon Initiative 2015 Art Song Competition. The competition was created by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School and James Conlon, Artistic Advisor. This Colburn Conservatory initiative was inspired by LA Opera’s groundbreaking "Recovered Voices" project at the LA Opera.

  • Jazz Combos

UCSB student Kevin Hakimi (bass), along with Cambria Metzinger (voice) of SBCC, were awarded the two top prizes at the 2016 SB Jazz Society Scholarship Competition.

May 2016

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