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Music and Justice Program Features Brubeck Sons and World Premieres by UCLA Faculty
On Sunday, Feb. 26, Brubeck’s “The Gates of Justice” will be performed at Royce Hall as part of “Music and Justice,” a series by the Lowell Milken Center for Music of the Jewish American Experience that will feature prominent musicians, scholars and critics. “Some of the most powerful conversations we can have don’t begin with words,” said Anna Spain Bradley, vice
National Endowment for the Arts Grant Supports New Opera at UCLA
A new opera by an alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music – world premiering at UCLA’s Little Theater this month – has received substantial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hailed by Opera News as “haunting and beautiful,” Polymnia tells the story of a Greek woman whose family is expelled from their home by
School of Music Programming in 2023
There are dozens of cultural events programmed at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in 2023. Whether you are looking for sensational guest artists, classical and jazz ensemble concerts, symposia & talks, music festivals, or music from all our global traditions, we have an exciting array of free events for you to attend. Subscribe
Feb 6 Mon
7:00pm
Free
jazz
Fandango at the Wall, Screening and Live Concert
Join filmmaker Varda Bar-Kar and Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra founder Arturo O’Farrill for a screening of the documentary Fandango at the Wall. The documentary, which aired on HBO in 2022, follows multi-Grammy Award winners Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal, as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The project is inspired by the annual Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which
Schoenberg Hall
Feb 10 Fri
8:00pm
Free
classical
UCLA Wind Ensemble and LA Winds: Picture Show
The UCLA Wind Ensemble presents its first concert of winter quarter, joined by the community based Los Angeles Winds, Stephen Piazza, conductor. The program is anchored by musical works inspired by visual art.   The UCLA Wind Ensemble opens the concert with Zhou Tian’s Petals of Fire, a response to Cy Twombly’s 1989 painting of
Schoenberg Hall
Feb 23 Thu
6:30pm
Free
classical
David L. Abell Piano Master Series featuring Sofya Gulyak
We are excited to welcome Sofya Gulyak to our David L. Abell Piano Master Series for Winter, 2023. Sofya Gulyak’s resume includes prizes from many prestigious piano competitions: she is a 1st prize winner of William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen, Isang
Lani Hall
Honoring Mo Ostin, 1927–2022

As chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, Mo Ostin shaped decades of popular music, leaving a legacy for us all to share. A major gift from Mo and his wife Evelyn funded the construction of the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, designed to provide students with access to the latest advances in music technology. The Ostins provided support for the School of Music’s Music Partnership Program. In addition, Mo was an active force for the Dean’s Board of Advisors. We will always cherish his passion and partnership.

Honoring Mo Ostin
Honoring Mo Ostin
Honoring Mo Ostin
WELCOME BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The School of Music is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus. This page includes COVID-19 policies specific to the School of Music with links to campus resources for learning, teaching, and safeguarding our musical community this year.

Please check back here regularly. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
Dean Strempel lending a hand at the check-in table, welcoming prospective students to the school for auditions today. We’re so excited to be hosting all of these talented young musicians and are wishing them the best of luck!
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The late Dave Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer. His piece “The Gates of Justice” focuses on the spiritual and cultural parallels between Jewish and Black people, highlighting commonalities through histories of enslavement and migration, similarities in musical texts and heritage, and an ongoing pursuit of social justice. In a historic first, Brubeck’s sons Darius, Chris, and Dan perform the jazz trio in their father’s work.
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Darius Brubeck is an American jazz pianist, composer, author, and retired university professor residing in England. Currently, he leads The Darius Brubeck Quartet based in London. He occasionally joins his brothers, Chris and Dan, in Brubecks Play Brubeck.
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Chris Brubeck is a performer and a Grammy-nominated composer. Tuned into the pulse of contemporary music, respected music critic for The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein called Chris: “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.”
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Dan Brubeck is a renowned jazz drummer. His original drumming style, distinctive solos, and his mastery of polyrhythms have earned him the respect of critics worldwide. Dan has toured the international music circuit since his early teens as the leader of his own groups and as a featured soloist with many of the world‘s top symphonies, pop, and jazz artists.
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Not only will the three brothers play in the concert, they will also be attending the conference on February 27th to give a speech entitled “Dave Brubeck and Social Justice”.
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Please join us on Sunday, January 29th, at 4:00 pm at Royce Hall for the 18th Annual UCLA All-Star Concert!
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Students audition each year for the opportunity to perform as soloists with UCLA Philharmonia, the school's flagship orchestra. Performing as a soloist with the orchestra is a peak musical experience, allowing musicians to stand out and interpret the music their way.
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This event will also be live-streamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Please join us on Tuesday, January 24th, starting at 2 pm in the Green Room for a lecture by Fred Frith!
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Fred Frith is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and pioneer of the extended electric guitar.  He will be giving a lecture entitled “Hierarchies”, followed by an improvisation workshop and a concert in Lani Hall.
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This event will also be live-streamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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The Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is proud to present our next event: Music and Justice. The purpose of this event is to create a conversation about the issues of race and social justice in the modern world.
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Music and Justice is a 3-day event (February 26th-28th) with 2 performances, a pre-concert talk, and a conference. The whole event will be centered around “The Gates of Justice”, a large-scale sacred composition by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. For the first time, Dave Brubeck’s sons will perform as the accompanying jazz trio.
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Brubeck composed Gates of Justice in the aftermath of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was commissioned by the umbrella organization of America's Reform Judaism movement specifically to address increasing tensions between the Jewish and African American communities.
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So please join us starting at 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 26th at Schoenberg Hall for a pre-concert discussion with Darius Brubeck, Larry Blumenfeld, and Arturo O’Farrill to kick off this event! The discussion will be followed by a concert at Royce Hall at 4:00 pm.
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Please join us on Thursday, January 25th, at 1:00 pm in the Green Room for a lecture by Dr. Sonia Seeman!
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Dr. Seeman is the Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She will be giving a lecture titled “From Bread to Money: Musicking, Labor and Work”
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This event will also be live-streamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Please join us on January 18th and 19th at 8:00 pm in the Ostin Ensemble Room for concerts by Aperture Duo (@aperture_duo)! 
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On January 18th. Aperture Duo will be performing works by Graduate and Undergraduate Student Composers. On the 19th, they will be performing works by the Composition and Theory Faculty.
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This event will also be live-streamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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[LOW TICKET ALERT] UCLA is proud to present the WORLD PREMIERE of Theodosia Roussos’ new chamber opera: Polymnia! The opera is also funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Theodosia, a UCLA alumna, earned a double bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and comparative literature.
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Polymnia is a debut experimental chamber opera telling the story of a woman who responds with resilience to war and trauma, and relates how her experience echoes across generations and communities.
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Location:
UCLA Little Theater
Times:
Saturday, January 21st at 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, January 22nd, at 2:00 pm
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Tickets and more information in our linktree!
Please join us on Tuesday, January 10th, at 8:00 pm at Lani Hall for a recital by guest artist Michael Hernandez (@MHernandezSax). There will be a masterclass at Schoenberg Hall 1344 at 3:00 pm beforehand.
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This new program of works for soprano saxophone will feature the voices of Latinx artists, their stories, their art, and the stories of artists who inspire them. The program includes four pieces written specifically for saxophonist Michael Hernandez, including two world premieres.
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This event will also be live-streamed on the School of Music Livestream channel
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Please join us on Thursday, December 15th at 11:00 am on zoom for The North American Premiere of the Opera Bas Sheve!
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Written by Henekh Kon in 1924, Bas Sheve is one of the only known pre-Holocaust Yiddish operas.  Presumed lost, it was discovered in 2017 by Professor Diana Matut, though it was missing 16 pages of some of the essential dramatic elements of the plot.  Composer Joshua Horowitz and librettist Michael Wex completed the score. In 2019, a fully orchestrated Bas Sheve was performed at Yiddish Summer Weimer. In the summer of 2022, it made its North American debut at Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival. This panel will discuss the performance with video examples provided.
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Zoom register link in our bio! 
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We're so happy to congratulate Dalton Mumphrey and his jazz ensemble Earth Foundation on another successful live performance at UCLA First Thursday last week, which drew more than 2,000 people to Broxton Avenue, where The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music's Gluck Horn Quartet also performed. Our students' talent is unparalleled and we're thrilled that more people are getting to experience it. Watch the Spectrum News story to learn more about Dalton and his work, link in bio.
Please join us over zoom at 11:00 am on December 6th (Tuesday), 13th (Tuesday), and 15th (Thursday) to learn more about new and old Yiddish and klezmer music!
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This three-part online program explores new and old Yiddish and klezmer compositions, recreated works, and curated programs and festivals. Each program includes discussions with composers, curators, performers or producers of new Yiddish and klezmer concert programs and festivals.  Recorded music and videos will be presented offering examples of new programs presented this year.
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This event is co-organized by @MilkenArchive and @yivoinstitute 
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Program 1: Continuing Evolution: Yiddish Folksongs Today // Tuesday, December 6
Program 2: Yiddish Cultural and Music Festivals // Tuesday, December 13
Program 3: The North American Premiere of the Opera Bas Sheve // Thursday, December 15
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Zoom register links in bio! 
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Please join us on Monday, December 5th at 7:30 pm at Evelyn & Mo Ostin music center for a holiday concert with the UCLA Tuba & Euphonium Studio!
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Get in the holiday spirit with performances by your favorite tuba and euphonium players at UCLA! Featuring festive tunes, decorations, lighting, and perhaps an appearance by Santa 😮
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This event will also be live-streamed on The School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information: https://uclamusic.info/3uDfGOF
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Please join us on Sunday, December 4th at 6:00 pm at Evelyn & Mo Ostin music center for the first part of Aperture Duo’s (@aperture_duo)! They will be performing works in progress by UCLA composition students.
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Lauded for their “precision and interpretation” and “distinct sense of unity and independence”, Los Angeles-based Aperture Duo curates fearless programs that explore new sounds, voices, and techniques through the lens of violin and viola chamber music. Founded in 2015 by violinist Adrianne Pope and violist Linnea Powell, Aperture Duo actively commissions diverse new works from emerging and established composers to expand the violin and viola duo repertoire.
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This event will also be live-streamed on The School of Music Livestream channel.
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Please join us on Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 pm in Schoenberg Hall for our second and final UCLA Philharmonia Concert for the fall quarter!
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The UCLA Philharmonia rounds out the fall quarter season with performances of works including Alexander Veprik's "Trauergesang" Op. 20 (1933), Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola (1919), and Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90.
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This event will also be live-streamed on The School of Music Livestream channel.
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Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd, at 5:00 pm at Schoenberg Hall for our Music of China Concert!
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The UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Chi Li, performs its annual fall concert featuring traditional and contemporary music, including silk-and-bamboo ensemble, erhu unison, qin unison, pipa duet, zheng unison, Chinese opera, folk dance, and silk-and-bamboo music.
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This event will also be live-streamed on The School of Music Livestream channel.
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Please join us on Friday, December 2nd, at 8:00 pm at Schoenberg Hall for our fall UCLA Symphony concert!
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Founded in 2002, UCLA Symphony is UCLA’s campus-wide orchestra, drawing its membership from throughout the university community and performing a full spectrum of symphonic repertoire.
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This event will also be live-streamed on The School of Music Livestream channel.
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