Event Date: 

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.)

Event Price: 

(no reservation required)

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
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The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present “Montage” on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Curated by UCSB Professor of Flute Jill Felber, the department’s fifth annual showcase concert will feature back-to-back performances by outstanding faculty, students, and alumni from the UCSB Department of Music. Faculty artists include soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, tenor Benjamin Brecher, violinist Ertan Torgul, violist Jonathan Moerschel, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, and pianists John Ballerino, Natasha Kislenko, and Robert Koenig. Tabla player Shashank Aswathanarayana, members of Jennifer Kloetzel’s cello studio, and the UCSB Young Artists String Quartet will round out the roster of student performers. Additionally, UCSB alumni from the Department of Music’s Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, will present excerpts from a work by UCSB Composition alumnus Federico Llach.
Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel and violinist Ertan Torgul will join violist Jonathan Moerschel and pianist Robert Koenig for the thrilling first movement of Antonín Dvo?ák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87. Longtime members of the Department of Music Voice Program faculty, tenor Benjamin Brecher and pianist John Ballerino will present charming excerpts from operettas by Franz Lehár, including “Wie eine Rosenknospe” from Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) and an English rendition of “Das Lied des Arthur” from the rarely performed Die Juxheirat (The Mock Marriage). Two of the department’s more recent additions, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and violist Jonathan Moerschel, will take the stage with pianist Natasha Kislenko for two songs from Dvo?ák’s endearing Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55—Má píse? zas mi láskou zní (My song sounds of love) and Když mne stará matka zpívat (Songs my mother taught me). Natasha Kislenko will play a set of solo piano transcriptions by Sergei Rachmaninoff, including Modest Mussorgsky’s energetic Gopak (Hopak), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s haunting Lullaby, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s crowd-pleasing Flight of the Bumblebee.
Undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Music will also take a turn in the spotlight. Violinists Sara Bashore and Kristina Tsanova, violist Besnik Yzeiri, and cellist Chenoa Orme-Stone of the department’s graduate scholarship string quartet, the UCSB Young Artists String Quartet, will present the dramatic opening movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4, “Allegro ma non tanto.” Students from Jennifer Kloetzel’s cello studio will perform Friedrich Grützmacher’s arrangement of Richard Wagner’s magnificent “Feierliches Stück” from Lohengrin for cello octet. Shashank Aswathanarayana, a student in the UCSB Media Arts and Technology program and a member of the UCSB Middle East and Music of India ensembles, will play a traditional Indian tabla solo infused with his own improvisations. UCSB alumni from the UCSB Department of Music’s Resident Ensemble, the Now Hear Ensemble, will perform excerpts from UCSB Composition alumnus Federico Llach’s contemporary work, Perishable Music.


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