Surprises and Old Favorites for Fall

The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music proudly announces the musical performance calendar for the 2014 Fall Quarter.  This season, the department will be hosting world renowned musical guests from a variety of genres and backgrounds, including Forgotten Liszt featuring internationally acclaimed musicians Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and Robert Koenig (pianist) performing rare first editions of Liszt’s songs, a Carillon recital and tour of Storke Tower, and our outstanding end-of-the-quarter line up that includes many familiar favorites like the Middle East Ensemble, the Gospel Choir, and the Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus.

Two special events at the beginning of quarter are certain to spark a sense of wonder and awe.

First off we have our opening concert of the quarter, the Fall Carillon Recital. Carillon instructor and Adjunct Professor Margo Halstead and UCSB Alumnus Ethan Schwartz will perform familiar popular music, folk songs, carillon classics, and arrangements of music written for other instrument. Ethan will repeat a selection of carillon music he performed before the memorial service for victims of the Isla Vista tragedy. The concert will end with a spirited rendition of the Ronald Barnes carillon duet entitled  “A Concerto for Two to Play.”  Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and listen as the bells ring out for a new semester and school year. Audience members will also have the chance to tour Storke Tower and watch the bells, and the carillon, in action.  The event takes place Saturday, October 4th at 3:00pm in Storke Plaza.

Forgotten Liszt is definitely one this quarter’s “must see” concerts. On Sunday, October 5th 2014 in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West, internationally acclaimed musicians Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and Robert Koenig (pianist) collaborate to perform previously unheard songs by Franz Liszt in a program titled “Forgotten Liszt.”  These talented UCSB faculty members introduce audiences to rare first editions of Liszt’s songs, composed at the beginning of his career.  Thanks to the research of Dr. Michael Vitalino (UCSB graduate and professor at SUNY Potsdam) these pieces are available to be heard for the first time in over 150 years. Dr. Vitalino will present a pre-concert lecture at 2:30pm to discuss the importance of these lost works and their upcoming CD release.  The concert will begin at 3:00pm and will feature a wide variety of works in Italian, French, and German; showcasing Liszt’s remarkable ability to compose in a wide range of national styles.  Notable works on the program include two previously unknown versions of "Die Loreley," the recently discovered posthumous song "Wenn die letzten Sterne bleichen," and a rare first edition of "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher."  The concert will conclude with the gorgeous melodies and high-flying passages of the "Petrarch Sonnets."  The proceeds of this event will launch the UCSB Voice Area’s “Bel Canto Fund,” founded to support student scholarships and the UCSB Opera Theater. This event is [resented in association with the Music Academy of the West.

 

The Fall Quarter Music Events Official Calendar:

Fall Carillon Recital • 10/4
Forgotten Liszt • 10/5
CREATE Concert • 11/19
Chamber Orchestra • 12/1
University Wind Ensemble • 12/4
Middle East Ensemble • 12/6
Jazz Combos • 12/9
Percussion Ensemble • 12/10
Gospel Choir • 12/12
Chamber Choir &
Women’s Chorus • 12/14

Additional details for all of the above events can be found at www.music.uscb.edu.