News & Events


  • Wind Ensemble

The UCSB Wind Ensemble with Paul Bambach, Director, will present its Annual Spring Concert, entitled "Salute," on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The University Wind Ensemble will perform Eric Whitacre’s Ghost Train, Roger Cichy’s Divertimento for Winds and Percussion, and Frank Ticheli’s San Antonio Dances. The concert will also feature graduate assistant, Steven Cohen, conducting Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toccata Marziale. Rounding out the pre-Memorial Day concert will be Emblems by Aaron Copland, Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli, and American Salute by Morton Gould. Please join us for an evening of exciting wind ensemble music!

  1. May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • saxophone

Featuring original works by CCS student composers: Cindy Shen, Tristan Perez, Andrew Manos, Preston Towers, Kelten Hemmingway, and Jordan Mitchell. Friday, May 20, 2016. 6:30 p.m. UCSB Music Room 1145. Admission is free.

  1. May 20, 2016 - 6:30pm
  • Juliet Powar

UCSB undergraduate student Juliet Powar (voice), will present a senior recital on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Works by Satie, Wolf, Rodrigo, Barber, Puccini. Admission is free.

  1. May 20, 2016 - 8:00pm
  • Luvi Avendano

UCSB graduate student Luvi Avendano (voice) will present a doctoral recital on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free.

  1. May 21, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Naomi Merer

UCSB graduate student Naomi Merer (soprano) will present a master's recital on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Works by Dvořák, Rossini, Granados, Debussy, Heggie, and Stravinsky. With Mandee Madrid-Sikich, piano. Admission is free.

  1. May 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, as we present our formal Spring concert on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
We are excited to present a great variety of music and dance from throughout the Middle East.  We will feature an extended set of Armenian music and dance, including 3 songs by the renowned blind oud player, Udi Hrant (1901-1978) and one by the minstrel Gusan (ashugh) Sheram (1857-1938).  We will also present 2 Jewish Sabbath songs from Baghdad and Yemen, a classical Turkish instrumental composition, famous songs by the superstar singers Fairouz (Lebanese, b.1935) and Umm Kulthum (Egyptian, c.1904-1975), and a Persian song composed and performed by Santa Barbara-based Javid-John Mosadeghi.
  1. May 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
  • UCSB Storke Tower

Students from Professor Margo Halsted's carillon studio will present a spring recital on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. UCSB's carillon is located in Storke Tower. Student performers include Angela Albay-Yenney, David Hwang, Sophia Tao, Cindy Shen, and Ziying Xie. Plus, a special Albinoni duet performed by Angela Albay-Yenney and instructor Margo Halsted. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concert on the lawn. Admission is free.

  1. May 22, 2016 - 10:00am
  • violin

UCSB undergraduate student David Fickes (violin) will present a junior recital on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Music Room 1145 on the UCSB campus. Admission is free.

  1. May 22, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Felicia Danon North dancing Topeng Rumyang

Gamelan is the enchanting Southeast Asian orchestra which includes gongs, chimes, xylophones, flutes, and drums. The UCSB Gamelan ensemble, founded in 1987, performs with Santa Barbara based gamelan ensemble, Sinar Surya, in a special joint concert of traditional Gamelan music and dance from Cirebon, Indonesia. Karl Geiringer Hall. Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 6 p.m.

  1. May 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Adam Bradley

UCSB graduate student Adam Bradley (tenor) will present a master's recital on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. Works by Strauss, Duparc, Puccini, Heggie, Ernesto de Curtis, Tosti, and Leoncavallo. Admission is free.

  1. May 22, 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.

  • UCSB Jazz (photo by Matt Perko)

"Thirty-two musicians and two vocalists were in rotation for this tribute to the great big band leader Count Basie. Basie once said the secret to swing was to “swing easy,” and director Jon Nathan led the ensembles with a Basie-esque light touch. Internal passion and power were not in short supply with these students — nor scope, for that matter. This program kept a brisk pace, knocking through nearly a dozen-and-a-half Basie favorites, including “April in Paris” as encore. Nathan has told me that the great pleasure of working with these students is their intelligence, well-rounded lives, and work-ethic. Music may not be their life focus — only a few are music majors — but they know how to throw themselves into a challenge. And they evidently love learning to swing."

May 2016

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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco 05/04/2016
05/20/2016 - 18:30
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