2022-23 Events Spotlight at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

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The Statement Series

Towering figures in the music world, both invited guests and members of our own world-class faculty, bring you a unique experience. From peerless performers to accomplished scholars, come and experience artists who make a statement.

Bach in the Serra

Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

Bach’s cello suites are an enduring classic. Come hear them performed in the acoustic and visual wonder of the Richard Serra sculpture in UCLA’s Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden by virtuoso cellist Antonio Lysy.

An Evening with Shujaat Khan

Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Grammy-nominated artist Shujaat Khan is one of the greatest Hindustani classical musicians of his generation. He’s played to packed concert halls in Europe, India, Africa, Asia, and North America. Come hear him in the intimate setting of Schoenberg Hall at UCLA.

Hear + Viet + Film Symposium

October 21 & 22, 2022
Schoenberg Hall

A two-day event bringing together scholars, film makers, and composers for a critical reassessment of music in Vietnamese cinema, whether produced in Vietnam or from the regions touched by the Vietnamese diaspora.

“Hommage à Kurtág” recital and CD release by Movses Pogossian

Monday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Virtuoso violinist Movses Pogossian performs selections from his newest CD, including four world premieres and works by one of the greatest living European classical music composers, Hungarian composer György Kurtág.

Bent Frequency plays George Lewis

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

For four decades, George E. Lewis has been a leading African-American voice in modern American composition. Come hear the Bent Frequency Duo and friends premiere a new work by George Lewis and Alvin Singleton.

Regents’ Lecture: Sound Futures: Why Some Music Practices Thrive, Many Struggle, and Others Disappear

Monday, November 7, 1:30 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Huib Schippers – UCLA Regents’ Professor for Fall 2022, noted scholar, and Billboard 2020 Indie Power Player will explore the idea that a complex of mostly non-musical forces determines the sustainability of any music practice, whether fringe or mainstream, from West or East, community-based or widely mediated, despised by many or loved by all. 

Angel Blue in Concert

Monday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Soprano superstar (and Bruin alumna!) Angel Joy Blue has performed with the Vienna State Opera, the Dresden Opera, the Royal Opera House, the San Francisco Opera and at a New York Met debut so successful that the Met had to add extra performances.

Barbara Morrison Tribute Concert

Friday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Barbara Morrison was a jazz legend in Los Angeles, known for her sultry vocals and lively performances. She was also a community organizer and a long-time UCLA faculty member. Join us for an evening dedicated to her music and her life.

Gates of Justice

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.
Royce Hall

Dave Brubeck’s three sons will perform—for the first time, together—Brubeck’s monumental cantata Gates of Justice. Written by Brubeck after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the work was designed to reflect and heal rifts between Black and Jewish communities. A pre-concert discussion between Darius Brubeck and Wall Street Journal critic Larry Blumenfield will be held at Schoenberg Hall at 2:30 p.m.

Terence Blanchard, Trumpet

Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Six-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominated trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard takes the stage with students from the Global Jazz program.

Sugihara Symphony

Thursday, May 18, 5:00 p.m.
Royce Hall

The west coast premiere of the Sugihara Symphony, a large symphonic work with music and libretto by Lera Auerbach featuring solo cello, choir, and orchestra commemorating the incredible and singular heroism of Chiune Sugihara. 

Quake, World Premiere by UCLA Opera, on a Double Bill with Poulenc

June 2, 8:00 p.m., June 3, 2:00 & 800 p.m., June 4, 2:00 p.m.
Freud Playhouse at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television

Opera UCLA presents the third in a series of world premieres of operas by women composers and librettists:  QUAKE, by UCLA Professor Kay Rhie, to a libretto by Amanda Hollander. This wry comedy imagines a retelling of the end of the ODYSSEY with a particularly Los Angeles twist.  On a double bill with Francis Poulenc, Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésas).

The Signature Series

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a range of programming annually to stimulate the senses and the mind. Join us for our signature series of concerts and conversations.

Quadre-The Voice of Four Horns, with the UCLA Brass

Saturday, September 24, 4:30 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Kick off the new school year with an exceptional performance by the Quadre Horn Quartet, who will join students and faculty in the UCLA Brass area.

Nadine Hubbs delivers the Stevenson Lecture

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Join Nadine Hubbs, director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative and professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Michigan, for an afternoon conversation. A reception will follow.

Camarades String Chamber Music Concert

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

The UCLA Strings present UCLA Camarades (“The Music of Friends”), chamber music for all ensembles incorporating strings, from trios to octets, with a special consideration to the rich string quartet literature.

UCLA Philharmonia 18th Annual All-Star Concert

Sunday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.
Royce Hall

Winners of the All-Star solo competition will perform with the UCLA Philharmonia, the flagship orchestra of The Herb Alpert UCLA School of Music.

Vivaldi in the Rotunda

Friday, February 17, 8:00 p.m.
Rotunda of the Powell Library

Come hear the evergreen music of Telemann and Vivaldi (yes, including The Four Seasons), performed by students and faculty in the School of Music. The concert is a benefit for The Midnight Mission, an organization providing services for the homeless population in Los Angeles since 1914.

Winter Woodwind Chamber Music Concert

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Spanning the baroque to the contemporary, the Woodwind Chamber Music Concert features over fifty graduate and undergraduate performers in ensembles ranging from duos to octets, highlighting the range and depth of works featuring woodwinds.

Trevor Reed, with Jessica Bissett Perea delivers the annual Robert U. Nelson Lecture

Thursday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Musicologists Trevor Reed and Jessica Bissett Perea discuss indigenous North American music.

UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and UCLA Philharmonia – featuring Latin music flutist Néstor Torres

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Celebrated Puerto Rican flautist Néstor Torres joins the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill, and the UCLA Philharmonia, under the direction of Neal Stulberg for an evening of big band jazz.

Ramon Mendez performs in the David L. Abell Piano Recital

Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Lani Hall

Ramon Mendez has been hailed as the “Spanish pianist of his generation.” Come hear his special recital in the intimate setting of Lani Hall.

Gluck Fellows Showcase

Friday, May 12, 2:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Gluck Ensembles, from Mariachi to Opera to Jazz to String Quartets perform in their annual concert for elementary and secondary school students.

UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

The premiere wind band of The Herb Alpert UCLA School of Music programs concerts that honor the rich history of the literature and fosters new composers.

Spring Festival of World Music

May 19-21, June 2-4.
Schoenberg Hall

UCLA’s storied Spring Festival of World Music features ensembles from every corner of the world, from Javanese Gamelan to traditional Turkish music, from Persian classical music to African American spirituals, and from Indian sitar to Old Time String Band.

Amplify

Voices to be heard. Art and perspectives from our own communities and from the world as a whole.

An Evening with Shujaat Khan

Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Grammy-nominated artist Shujaat Khan is one of the greatest Hindustani classical musicians of his generation. He’s played to packed concert halls in Europe, India, Africa, Asia, and North America. Come hear him in the intimate setting of Schoenberg Hall at UCLA.

Nadine Hubbs delivers the Stevenson Lecture

Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Join Nadine Hubbs, director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative and professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Michigan, for an afternoon conversation. A reception will follow.

Hear + Viet + Film Symposium

October 21 & 22, 2022
Schoenberg Hall

A two-day event bringing together scholars, filmmakers, and composers for a critical reassessment of music in Vietnamese cinema, whether produced in Vietnam or from the regions touched by the Vietnamese diaspora.

Asian Representation on Stage and Screen

Saturday, October 29, all day
Schoenberg Hall

A day-long symposium consisting of panels, discussions, and performances about Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in cultural media.

George Lewis, New Music and the Heterogeneous Sound Ideal

Thursday, November 3, 4:00 p.m.
Royce 314

George Lewis of Columbia University discusses Afrodiasporic music-making, especially as articulated and defined by influential African American composer Olly Wilson (1937-2018). Lewis will identify aesthetic directions in Afrodiasporic contemporary classical music since 1960.

Bent Frequency plays George Lewis

Saturday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

For four decades, George E. Lewis has been a leading African-American voice in modern American composition. Come hear the Bent Frequency Duo and friends premiere a new work by George Lewis, and Alvin Singleton.

Angel Blue in Concert

Monday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Soprano superstar (and Bruin alumna!) Angel Blue has performed with the Vienna State Opera, the Dresden Opera, the Met, The Royal Opera House, the San Francisco Opera and at a New York Met debut so successful that the Met had to add extra performances.

Barbara Morrison Tribute Concert

Friday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Barbara Morrison was a jazz legend in Los Angeles, known for her sultry vocals and lively performances. She was also a community organizer and a long-time UCLA faculty member. Join us for an evening dedicated to her music and her life.

Gates of Justice

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.
Royce Hall

Dave Brubeck’s three sons will perform—for the first time, together—Brubeck’s monumental cantata Gates of Justice. Written by Brubeck after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the work was designed to reflect and heal rifts between Black and Jewish communities. A pre-concert discussion between Darius Brubeck and Wall Street Journal critic Larry Blumenfield will be held at Schoenberg Hall at 2:30 p.m.

Trevor Reed, with Jessica Bissett Perea delivers the annual Robert U. Nelson Lecture

Thursday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

Musicologists Trevor Reed and Jessica Bissett Perea discuss indigenous North American music.

Calypso Rose Concert

Wednesday, April 26, 5:00 p.m.
Lani Hall

A day of panels and discussions about Capyso Rose ends with a concert and a Q&A.

UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and UCLA Philharmonia – featuring Latin music flutist Néstor Torres

Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Celebrated Puerto Rican flautist Néstor Torres joins the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill, and the UCLA Philharmonia, under the direction of Neal Stulberg for an evening of big band jazz.

LGBTQ+ and the Music Industry, a Conversation

May 3, 4:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

A panel of music industry experts will discuss the industry and LGBTQ+ issues.

Global Jazz Faculty Concert

Saturday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Join the world class Global Jazz faculty and students for a night of jazz combos, solos and more.

Terence Blanchard, Trumpet

Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

Six-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominated trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard takes the stage with students from the Global Jazz program.

Sugihara Symphony

Thursday, May 18, 5:00 p.m.
Royce Hall

The west coast premiere of the Sugihara Symphony, a large symphonic work with music and libretto by Lera Auerbach featuring solo cello, choir, and orchestra commemorating the incredible and singular heroism of Chiune Sugihara. 

Day of Armenian Music

Friday, May 26, 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

The third annual Day of Armenian Music at UCLA will begin with workshops and “meet the artists” sessions from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., including an outdoors dance workshop. Concert at Schoenberg Hall will feature the UCLA VEM Ensemble, the UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble, composer/pianist Artur Avanesov, and world-renowned guests.

Spring Festival of World Music

May 19-21, June 2-4.
Schoenberg Hall

UCLA’s storied Spring Festival of World Music features ensembles from every corner of the world, from Javanese Gamelan to traditional Turkish music, from Persian classical music to African American spirituals, and from Indian sitar to Old Time String Band.