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"He Danced the Music He Was Playing:" In Memoriam Antonio Lysy
Virtuoso cellist taught for twenty years at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music On Sunday, February 4, the UCLA community learned of the sudden and unexpected loss of Antonio Lysy (1963-2024). Known the world over for his virtuosic performances and astounding creativity, Lysy was a beloved colleague and teacher, mentor and friend. Lysy’s sudden
Inna Faliks's Memoir in the LA Review of Books
Herb Randall reviewed Weight in the Fingertips, which he calls “captivating” and “thoughtful” and “deeply wise in its contemplation of a life spent pursuing an individual musical voice true to the disparate components of her identity.” Read the full review at the LA Review of Books website.
Steve Lawrence, Scholarship Donor, Passes Away
Steve Lawrence and his wife Edye Gormé were stars in the recording studio and on television in the 1950s and 60s. In 1976 they established a scholarship in their name at UCLA to support students in the arts, and especially singers and composers. Read the New York Times obituary for the full story.
How AI and Musicians Collaborate, a Ted Talk with Judith Finell
Music creation is one of the most distinguishing features of humanity. So what does it mean that AI has entered the picture? Judith Finell, lecturer in music industry at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a fresh perspective on how human creativity and artificial intelligence charts new territory in music composition.
A Conversation with Pianist Inna Faliks
Inna Faliks, professor of piano performance, sat down with on-air host John Banther of WETA, PBS for Washington D.C., to talk piano, memoir writing, and her forthcoming album, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.
Jacob Collier Talks Contemporary Musicianship at Schoenberg Hall
Photos by Erica Hou On Tuesday night, February 6, the line that had formed several hours earlier snaked out of Schoenberg Hall and down the steps. Those who braved the line faced a brisk westerly wind and the last vestiges of the atmospheric river that doused Los Angeles raining down, albeit gently. They had come
Please join Alexander Boldachev in recital on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 6:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of the Ostin Music Center.
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Join harpist and composer Alexander Boldachev for an intimate evening of music. This recital is part of a multi-date residency where Alexander will be working with composition students to develop new and innovative pieces for the harp.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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JACOB COLLIER, Five-time Grammy Award-winner, will lead a masterclass for UCLA students and faculty on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 7:30 P.M. AT SCHOENBERG HALL.
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The event is for UCLA STUDENTS AND FACULTY ONLY. You must have your Bruincard for entry. Seating is first come, first served.
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The event will be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Recognized by audiences, critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the most gifted young artists of modern times, 29-year-old Jacob Collier became the first British act in history to win a Grammy Award for each of his first four albums. His roster of collaborators is astoundingly varied and vibrant, recording and performing with UK music icons like Coldplay and Stormzy, American superstars such as SZA, Alicia Keys and John Mayer, to Malian singer Oumou Sangaré and Moroccan Gnawa mâalem Hamid El Kasri.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join the UCLA Wind Ensemble for their first concert of the new year on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 8:00 PM in Schoenberg Hall.
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We are pleased to welcome back Travis Cross, the Director of Bands, from sabbatical to conduct the evening's program.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join us for a concert celebrating the groundbreaking music of Anne LeBaron on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 7:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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Anne LeBaron has been called "unusually inventive" by the New Yorker and "visionary" by the LA Times. This portrait concert will feature world premieres and rarely performed works, with Anne LeBaron performing on harp. The program, encapsulating four decades of pioneering music, will be followed by an enlightening talkback and reception.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join Kanaka Maoli for a lecture on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, at 1:00 PM in the Music Library Seminar Room.
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Kanaka Maoli, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis will give a lecture entitled "Reggae Relations: Black and Indigenous Confluences in Hawai’i". She will be talking about the general trends in Hawai‘i’s music industry and the career of a Black Jamaican reggae artist who has been active in Hawai‘i since around 1980.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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School of Music Alumni: You’re invited!
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Please join us at the Alumni Lounge on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 starting at 3:00 pm. Catch up with your old friends and enjoy the 2024 All-Star Concert!
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The lounge will open an hour before the concert and during intermission. RSVP at Alumni@schoolofmuisc.ucla.edu if interested. See you there!
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Please join David Ciemny for a talk about the music industry on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, AT 12:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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David Ciemny has appeared on MTV, made the top 10 charts, and opened for Metallica. He has managed tours for the likes of Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, and Lifehouse, to name a few. Join us to listen to his story, tips, and ideas to help aid in your your exposure to industry contacts, opportunities, and jobs and walk away inspired, motivated and with tangible action items you can implement will cost you nothing. Q&A and mixer to follow.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join us for the 19th annual UCLA Philharmonia All-Star Concert on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, AT 4:00 PM in Schoenberg Hall! 
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Each year, the All-Star competition provides Music Department students with the opportunity to audition for the privilege of performing as soloists with the UCLA Philharmonia, the school's flagship orchestra. Join us in Schoenberg Hall this year for the 19th Annual All-Star Concert featuring the winners of Fall 2023's All-Star Competition.
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School of Music Alumni: you're invited to our Alumni Lounge during this event! The lounge will be open an hour before the concert and during intermission. RSVP at Alumni@schoolofmuisc.ucla.edu if interested.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join us for our World Music Center Distinguished Scholar Series on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, at 10:00 AM over Zoom.
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A lecture by Dr. Patricia A. Opondo of University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Dr. Opondo will be giving a talk titled "Transformative Pedagogy in South African Tertiary Education Contexts". Her talk explores the integration of indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies into the transmission process, aiming to enhance the authenticity and effectiveness of the educational experience.
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More information & Zoom registration link in bio 
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Please join David Ciemny for a talk about the music industry on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, AT 12:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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David Ciemny has appeared on MTV, made the top 10 charts, and opened for Metallica. He has managed tours for the likes of Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, and Lifehouse, to name a few. Join us to listen to his story, tips, and ideas to help aid in your your exposure to industry contacts, opportunities, and jobs and walk away inspired, motivated and with tangible action items you can implement will cost you nothing. Q&A and mixer to follow.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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#ucla #music #thisisUCLAmusic #uclaalpert #MusicIndustry #LeveledUp
Please join us in celebrating the conclusion of New Thread Saxophone Quartet's residency with a concert on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, AT 8:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center.
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New York-based ensemble New Thread Saxophone Quartet will be visiting UCLA for a three-day residency (1/28-30). This multi-disciplinary engagement will include a reading session of student compositions, a masterclass with Prof. Jan Berry Baker's saxophone studio, and a workshop on New Music entrepreneurship, culminating in a concert of contemporary works featuring works by UCLA students and faculty.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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As a part of the Annual Robert U. Nelson Lecture and the "Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender" Symposium, we welcome Angélica Negrón as our guest speaker.
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Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist. Commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth, she writes music for voices, orchestras, and film as well as robots, toys, and plants. Angélica is known for playing with the unexpected intersection of classical and electronic music, unusual instruments, and found sounds. Through her music, she looks for ways to incorporate her love of drag, comedy, and the natural world into her work.
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Please join Angélica Negrón on SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, at 5:30 PM in Lani Hall for her lecture, as we dive deeper into the intersection of music, technology, and gender.
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More information & RSVP link in bio. 
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Punk musician/scholar Jessica Schwartz in collaboration with saxophonist Jan Baker, composer/sound artist Adam Mirza, and punk all-star musician and curator, Tequila Mockingbird present an interactive concert.
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Friday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Ensemble Room, Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join us for a symposium regarding music, technology, and gender on SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, at 8:30 AM in Lani Hall.
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"Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender" is a one-day symposium that seeks to revisit the many ways in which musicians and listeners use technology to create, challenge, subvert, and affirm. This symposium calls for new and renewed perspectives on the intersections of music, technology, and gender, enlivened attention to contemporary contexts and practices of music making, and un- or under-told counterhistories of celebrations and governances of gender in musical life.
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More information & RSVP link in bio. 
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Please join violinist Axel Strauss for a masterclass on FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, at 3:00 PM in the Band Room (1345).
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Violinst and educator Axel Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. He now frequently performs at various music festivals in the US and abroad. Mr. Strauss is currently the Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join pianist Pedja Mužijević for a master class on THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, AT 6:30 PM in Lani Hall.
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Pianist and curator Pedja Mužijević has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with artists and ensembles. On top of his solo work, Pedja is the artistic administrator at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York and artistic advisor at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, where he curates concerts, as well as film shoots for dozens of musicians.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Hosted by The Athena Foundation for the Arts, please join Professor of Piano Inna Faliks and her colleague violinist Roberto Cani in an evening of classical music on SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 at 4:00 PM in North Hollywood.
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Address: Community Auditorium, Church of Scientology of the Valley
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Website & ticketing information link in bio 
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Please join Levi Hammer for a talk on FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, at 4:00 PM in the Ensemble Room of Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center.
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Hosted by the Herb Alpert School of Music and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience, conductor and pianist Levi Hammer will spend the evening exploring the music of George Gershwin, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio 
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Please join trombonist Peter Steiner for a recital on MONDAY, JANUARY 22, at 8:00 PM in Lani Hall!
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Italian trombonist Peter Steiner’s playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation” who “plays with total control”. As a world-renowned soloist, his 2023/2024 season consists of the World Premiere of Kevin Day’s Double Concerto No. 2, performances of Ferdinand David’s Concertino, and Derek Bourgeois's Concerto.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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More information, link in bio. 
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Please join singer Ersi Arvizu and her band El Chicano for a lecture and concert on SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, AT 3:00 PM in Lani Hall.
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Ersi Arvisu is well-known as a singer who gained prominence as a member of the band El Chicano and for her contributions to the Chicano rock and Latin rock genres. She will be speaking with the audience from 3-5 p.m. and giving a concert at 8 p.m.
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This event will also be livestreamed on the School of Music Livestream channel.
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Registration for the lecture and concert is encouraged. More information, link in bio 
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