Press Room

Media Relations

Please direct all Department of Music press and media inquiries to:

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
Office: (805) 893-3230 | Email: adrianehill@ucsb.edu

Press Releases

UCSB Department of Music Presents Montage 2017

October 24, 2017
 
The UCSB Department of Music will present “Montage,” a department showcase, on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Admission is free. The unique production will highlight classical, jazz, world, and contemporary music, with performances showcasing both students and faculty. The program will feature many of the department’s newest faculty members, including Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano), Gabrielle Castriotta (oboe), Jonathan Moerschel (viola), Jennifer Kloetzel (cello), Bahram Osqueezadeh (santoor), and Grey Brothers conducting the UCSB Chamber Choir, as well as Robert Koenig (piano), Scott Marcus (nay), Sue Rudnicki (tabla), and Jill Felber conducting the UCSB Flute Choir.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

Pianist Paul Berkowitz Performs the Final Three Sonatas of Schubert

September 18, 2017
 
Paul Berkowitz (Professor of Piano at UCSB) will present a recital featuring the last three piano sonatas of Franz Schubert on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Berkowitz’ performance accompanies the release of his two new Schubert CDs (Vols. 8 & 9, the final volumes of his Schubert Piano Works cycle) for Meridian Records earlier this fall.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Department of Music Presents Second Annual Summer Music Festival

July 10, 2017
 
The second annual UCSB Summer Music Festival will take place Thursday, August 17th through Saturday, August 19th on the UCSB campus. The festival will feature contemporary, world, classical, and folk music, with performances by LA-based Aperture Duo (violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell of the modern music collective, wild UP); drummer Ziyad Marcus and his trio; violist Jonathan Morgan; violinist and UCSB faculty member Andrew Tholl and his trio; the Celtic fusion band Dannsair; as well as a number of UCSB graduate students and alumni. The event will be free and open to the public, and will take advantage of UC Santa Barbara’s many performance venues, including the Multicultural Center Theater; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Karl Geiringer Hall; the Music Bowl; and the College of Creative Studies’ Old Little Theater.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music Presents "The Concert that Went South"

May 17, 2017
 
UCSB’s Ensemble for Contemporary Music presents an unusual season finale on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, with the whimsical title: “The Concert that Went South.” Again destined to unfold at a friendly late-matinee hour (4 p.m.), the concert in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall is free to university students with an I.D., and at only nominal cost to others.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Wind Ensemble Featuring Frank Ticheli

May 10, 2017
 
The UCSB Wind Ensemble will present a program consisting entirely of works by USC Professor of Composition Frank Ticheli on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The composer himself will conduct much of the program, which will include Angels in the Architecture featuring graduate student Molly Clementz (mezzo soprano) as the “angel”; Dancing on Water highlighting the full ensemble; Blue Shades featuring a jazzy clarinet solo; Rest as a tribute to the victims, relatives, survivors, and witnesses of the 2014 Isla Vista Tragedy; and “Song for Aaron” (movement 2) from the Clarinet Concerto, performed by UCSB Wind Ensemble Director Paul Bambach. Ticheli’s Nitro will be conducted by graduate assistant Cynthia Vong.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Percussion Ensemble presents "Ritual and Ceremony: Chamber Music for Percussion, Piano, and Dance"

April 26, 2017
 
Under the direction of Jon Nathan, the UCSB Percussion Ensemble will present “Ritual and Ceremony: Chamber Music for Percussion, Piano, and Dance” on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Special guests will include Christina McCarthy, choreographer (Vice Chair, UCSB Department of Theater and Dance); Leslie Cain and Sio Tepper, piano; Dylan Aguilera, trombone; dancers from UCSB’s Department of Theater and Dance; and Nick Diamantides, marimba and percussion. The program will feature works such as Paul Creston’s “Ceremonial,” Alan Hovaness’ “Mysterious Horse Before the Gates,” David Skidmore’s “Ritual Music,” Ivan Trevino’s “Catching Shadows,” Michael Laerello’s “Spine” for piano and three percussion, two works by Christopher Rouse, and the seminal concert percussion ensemble work, “Toccata,” written by the esteemed Carlos Chavez in 1942.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

Guest Artist Masterclass: Kenneth Grant, Clarinet

March 27, 2017
 
Kenneth Grant, Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, will conduct a masterclass with UCSB students on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall (Music Room 1250). Mr. Grant will teach a class on general techniques in addition to coaching three senior clarinet majors.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

Clarence Barlow at REDCAT: Los Angeles Premieres

March 22, 2017
 
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater will present works by Professor Clarence Barlow on Saturday, April 8, 2017, beginning with a screening of Barlow’s films at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 8:30 p.m. The concert will feature Barlow’s latest set of works—a selection of instrumental pieces and several multitrack electronic compositions—almost all of which are Los Angeles premieres. UCSB graduate composition student Brandon J. Rolle will conduct UCSB’s Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, who will be joined by percussionist Matt Cook (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet); pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi (USC Thornton School of Music alumnus); and trumpeter David Nakazono, cellist Evan Murnane, and pianist Mark Gutierrez (UCSB students). 
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Department of Music presents Winter 2017 Concert Series

February 28, 2017
 
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present its Winter 2017 Concert Series from March 8-17, 2017 on the UCSB campus, with performances by the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Jazz Combos, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus, Middle East Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players, Jazz Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, and the Gospel Choir.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music presents "The Ubiquitous Gesture"

February 28, 2017
 
The Ensemble for Contemporary Music (ECM), the probing, investigative new music ensemble at UCSB, returns to action Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 4 p.m. with a look at gesture in music. “The Ubiquitous Gesture” presents nine wide-ranging selections with the accent on wordless, musical communication. Unfolding at 4 p.m., it is a matinee concert and one that is free to UCSB students with a valid ID. The venue is the comfortable Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall at the Department of Music.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

Looking Back a Half Century: Composer Clarence Barlow (Works from 1960-68)

February 9, 2017
 
The UCSB Department of Music will present featured faculty composer Clarence Barlow in a concert of his music from 1960-68 on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall. The program will include acoustic works by Barlow, including works for strings, winds, voice, piano, and a special multi-channel rendering of his Piano Concerto #2, as recorded by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Opera Theatre presents Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition Finalists

December 12, 2016
 
UCSB’s Opera Theatre program will present excerpts from the three operas chosen as finalists for the 2016-2018 Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The performance is part of the National Opera Association’s annual convention, which will be held for the first time in Santa Barbara from January 4-8, 2017 at the Fess Parker Hotel. Following UCSB Opera Theatre’s presentation of the opera excerpts, a panel of judges—including Kostis Protopapas, Henry Price, Robin Guarino, and Michael Ching—will select the winning opera, which will be performed in its entirety at the 2018 convention. 
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Department of Music presents Fall 2016 Concert Series

November 4, 2016
 
The UCSB Department of Music presents its Fall 2016 concert lineup, featuring the Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus, University Wind Ensemble, Middle East Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players, Jazz Combos, and Gospel Choir. Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the AS Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at music.ucsb.edu/news/purchase-tickets, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB presents Masterclass with Grammy Award-Winner, Isabel Bayrakdarian

September 21, 2016
 
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music welcomes Grammy and Juno Award-winning soprano, Dr. Isabel Bayrakdarian, as Assistant Professor of Voice. A “supremely elegant singer with lyric agility and dramatic warmth (Los Angeles Times),” Dr. Bayrakdarian has performed in opera houses and concert halls across the globe, to great critical acclaim. She is the winner of numerous prestigious competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Dr. Bayrakdarian will host a masterclass at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. Four to five singers, ages 17-23, will be selected to perform in the class, which will be free and open to the public. 
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Department of Music Welcomes Renowned Artists to String Faculty

September 19, 2016
 
UC Santa Barbara welcomes two renowned artists to the Department of Music’s String Program faculty: cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, formerly of the Cypress Quartet, and Jonathan Moerschel, of the Calder Quartet. The artists are set to teach applied music lessons to undergraduate and graduate students, and coach the many diverse chamber music ensembles within the Department of Music, including the Young Artists String and Piano Quartets, and the University Chamber Orchestra. 
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

"Jill and Friends" Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church

August 31, 2016
 
Flutist Jill Felber will present a free concert of original contemporary pieces and classics from the chamber music repertoire on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Ms. Felber will be joined by pianist Dianne Frazer and flutist Claudia Anderson, as well as UCSB faculty members Robert Koenig (piano) and Jennifer Kloetzel (cello). Ms. Kloetzel, a former member of the San Francisco-based Cypress Quartet, will join the UCSB String Program faculty this fall.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Presents First-Ever Summer Festival

August 11, 2016
 
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents its first-ever Summer Festival on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4-9 p.m. Presented in partnership with the UCSB College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Multicultural Center, the Festival will focus on diversity by combining world-class contemporary music ensembles with Afro-Cuban, contemporary, and indie artists. The artists will perform at venues all over the UCSB campus, with no admission fees. 
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Gospel Choir Celebrates 25 Years with Reunion Concert

May 4, 2016
 
The UCSB Gospel Choir celebrates its 25th year with a reunion concert on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The choir, directed by Victor Bell, will perform alongside guest artists and former directors Dr. Diane L. White-Clayton and Pastor Jimmy Fisher.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Middle East Ensemble Presents Spring Concert

April 26, 2016
 
The UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present their annual spring concert on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The ensemble will present a great variety of music and dance from throughout the Middle East, featuring an extended set of Armenian music and dance, including 3 songs by the renowned blind oud player, Udi Hrant (1901-1978) and another set by the minstrel Gusan (ashugh) Sheram (1857-1938). The ensemble will also present two 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.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music presents “We Miss You Max!” 

April 26, 2016
 
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 Concert 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.”
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Percussion Ensemble Presents "From A to Z (Aron to Zappa)"

April 26, 2016
 
The UCSB Percussion Ensemble will present their annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. The program spans the alphabet of composers, from UCSB College of Creative Studies composition student Jack Aron to the notable Los Angeles legend Frank Zappa, with stops in between on Michael Burritt, Christopher Rouse, Maurice Ravel, and Peter Schickele. The concert’s first half features a quartet for (mostly) non-pitched percussion: Michael Burritt’s The Doomsday Machine, inspired by an episode of the original Star Trek TV series. Rounding out the first half is a duet for marimbas on Ravel’s Alborado del gracioso, and Jack Aron’s Galaxies for full ensemble, plus guest pianist Leslie Cain, a student of Paul Berkowitz’s in the DMA performance program. The presentation of Jack Aron’s piece continues a tradition of developing and performing student compositions for percussion. Jack is a student of Leslie Hogan’s in the College of Creative Studies Music Composition program.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Department of Music Announces 3rd Annual Montage

March 24, 2016
 
The UCSB Department of Music will present its third annual department showcase, Montage, on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 5 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. This year, admission is free to all, and a complimentary reception with the artists will follow the show. The production will highlight all areas of the Department of Music, with performances by students and faculty, and special appearances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Santa Barbara Dance Theater’s Christina Sanchez.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
 

UCSB Jazz Ensemble with Ed Neumeister

March 23, 2016
 
The UCSB Department of Music welcomes trombonist/composer/arranger Ed Neumeister for a two-day campus visit on April 12th and 13th. Mr. Neumeister’s residency will include rehearsals, master classes, and discussions, and will conclude with a concert on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall with the UCSB Jazz Ensemble, its related combos, and a trombone quartet and octet. To be performed are Mr. Neumeister’s arrangements and composition for large and small ensembles including “Locomotion” and the Grammynominated arrangement of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” as well as Thad Jones’ “Three and One” for jazz combo, “Passacaglia” for trombone quintet and rhythm section, and much more.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Opera Theatre presents “Aspects of Love” 

January 15, 2016
 
The award-winning UCSB Opera Theatre will present “Aspects of Love,” scenes from great operas, and the one-act opera, Signor Deluso, by Thomas Pasatieri, January 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., and January 31 at 3 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Emmy award-winning director David Grabarkewitz will direct, and UCSB Professor Benjamin Brecher will conduct students ranging from freshmen to doctoral candidates in scenes by Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, and Strauss. The program will conclude with the wildly amusing Signor Deluso.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF). 
 
 

UCSB Department of Music Fall Concert Series

November 9, 2015
 
The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music presents its Fall Concert Series lineup, beginning with the University Wind Ensemble on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Highlights for the November events will include the Middle East Ensemble, featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian; the West Coast premiere of Skronk by the University Wind Ensemble, to be introduced by composer John Frantzen; and the University Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. The December events open with the Ensemble for Contemporary Music’s program, “Strings Attached”—a spotlight of composers from the Netherlands, USA, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Argentina. The Jazz Combos will continue in their tradition of delivering noteworthy interpretations of jazz standards, with a focus on the music of jazz innovators Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus for their fall concert on December 2nd. The Gospel Choir, directed by the charismatic Victor Bell, will present a concert of praise and traditional gospel music on December 4th, and the Women’s Chorus will present a free recital of sacred and secular works on December 6th.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).