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Monk Institute Board Member Dee Dee Bridgewater appears with Irvin Mayfield on Tavis Smiley Show

September 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

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The Thelonious Monk Institute’s Advisory Board member, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, appeared on the Tavis Smiley show, which aired September 1st. Read more HERE.

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UCLA Department of Music Announces the David L. Abell UCLA Masters Piano Series

September 1st, 2015 · No Comments

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Graduating Senior Luke Kim Wins Position with Vancouver Symphony

June 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cello Professor Antonio Lysy writes:

“Please join me in congratulating our freshly graduated cellist Luke Kim (and member of the VEM Quartet), for winning the cello position at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra today.

He has the option of accepting, or pursuing the trial for principal cello at the Vancouver Opera later this year.”

Congratulations and good luck to Luke and to all our graduates!

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Prof. Guillaume Sutre Interviewed by Huffington Post

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Professor Sutre has let us know that he was interviewed by Laurence Vittes of the Huffington Post on what it was like to play all 16 Beethoven string quartets in succession, as part of his research into Gustavo Dudamel’s upcoming performances this summer of all the Beethnoven symphonies played over successive nights.

You may enjoy the article by CLICKING HERE.

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String Quartets Shine at Last Chancellor’s Residence Recital for 2015

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Last Friday, May 15th, was the last Chancellor’s Residence Recital for this season. We thank Mrs. Block and her tireless assistants for all their hard work in setting up these recitals, inviting different audience groups, and hosting a post-performance reception at each event. It’s been a great season!

Friday’s recital was a performance by two different string groups.

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String quartet with Catherina Arai, Julien Alimann, Niall Ferguson, and Stephanie Spencer.

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String Quartet with Anna Corcoran, Daniel Mireles, Sarah Worden, and Jeffrey Ho.

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Both quartets with Mrs. Block, center

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Violin Professors Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. Prof. Sutre is also head of String Chamber Music in the Department of Music

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Ethno Group Fine Print Takes Best Overall at UCLA Spring Sing 2015

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

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Jazz, funk and R&B band Fine Print took home The Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award for best overall performance and The UCLA Las Dońas Award for best band entry for its performance of its original song “Move On.” (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

From the article:

“The Northern California Alumni Grand Sweepstakes Award for best overall performance was presented to the band Fine Print. The band, which performed its original song “Move On,” was also awarded The UCLA Las Dońas Award for best band entry.

“I started laughing, I couldn’t believe it. … I was not expecting it all, but I am so thankful,” said fourth-year ethnomusicology student and Fine Print vocalist Teira Lockhart Church. “We all love jazz so much, so it was really wonderful for us to bring our love for jazz and soul music to the stage.” Students in Fine Print are: Chili Corder, Masai Marselin, Joel Manduke, Teira Church, Grant Milliken, Hugo Shiboski, Erik Shiboski, and Jacob Koransky.

In addition, First-year ethnomusicology student Priscillia Omon and fourth-year ethnomusicology student Alan McDonnell were awarded the Rose Bowl Bruins Award for best duet entry for the their performance of McDonnell’s original song, “Who Cares.”

AND…just to round things out, Natalie Brainin from Ethnomusicology won the award for “best solo entry.”

Read the entire article in today’s Daily Bruin at: http://dailybruin.com/2015/05/17/jazz-funk-and-rb-group-fine-print-takes-best-overall-at-spring-sing/

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Chancellor’s Residence Recitals–Week of May 11th

May 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has been very busy this month with recital hosting–this week she treated staff to recitals by a jazz ensemble as well as voice students Alexys Tiscareno and Nathan Granner. Here are some shots from this week’s events.

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Jazz ensemble: Cody Dear, Nick Velez, Mrs. Carol Block, Rihanna Walcott, Nasir Janmohamed

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Dr. James Lent, Alexys Tiscareno, Mrs. Carol Block, and Nathan Granner

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Alexys Tiscareno, Mrs. Carol Block, Professor Juliana Gondek, and Nathan Granner

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Staff from the School of Law

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HASOM Students To Participate In Spring Sing 2015

May 13th, 2015 · No Comments

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In case none of you have been keeping up with the Daily Bruin this week, several Ethnomusicology students, and at least one Music student, will be participating in this year’s Spring Sing.

With Spring Sing quickly approaching, the Pauley Pavilion stage awaits its 17 contestants. The event will feature members of UCLA’s artistic community – from solo acts, duets, a cappella, dance groups and Spring Sing’s own comedy troupe Company. In anticipation for the event, Daily Bruin A&E will profile each talent every day this week leading up to the competition on Saturday night.

Ethnomusicology students Priscilla Omon, Alan McDonnell, and Natalie Brainin will be performing, as well as Music student Jules Levy will be performing with his band, the Eva B. Ross Foundation.

To read more directly from the Daily Bruin, please CLICK HERE.

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More updates–Chancellor’s Residence Recitals For The Week Of May 4th

May 11th, 2015 · No Comments

May has been a very busy month for Mrs. Block and her recital series. Posted below are some photos from last week’s great recitals.
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Alexandra Grabarchuk, Mrs. Block, and Guitar Professor Peter Yates, after a guitar recital on May 5th

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Mrs. Block with Thomas Thompson, after his vocal performance on May 7th.

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Dawn Hamilton’s string/wind quintet on May 8th. Mrs. Block is on the left and clarinet Professor Gary Gray is on the right.

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Katie Takahashi flute quartet on May 8th. Flute Professor Sheridon Stokes is on the left; Mrs. Block is on the far right.

Congratulations to all of our students for their memorable performances!

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Chancellor’s Recital Series–Updates On Recent Recitals

April 30th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mrs. Block has shared with us some photos from the last two recitals. On April 8th, Oliver Chan, a second year MM student piano, performed this program:

Bach: Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
Scriabin: Etude Op.42,No.4
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy

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Oliver Chan with Mrs. Carol Block. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Block

On April 29th, staff guests from the School of the Arts and Architecture were treated to a string chamber music concert.

The students performing were: Zoë Merrill, Sam Lorenzini, Nicholas Alexander, Alec Santamaria, Jamie Kang and Xiao Chen.

On the program, and entertainingly introduced by Violin Professor Movses Pogossian, were these works:

Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, movement 1 (Allegro)
Dvořák: Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, movements 1 and 2
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

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From left to right: Xiao Chen, piano; Zoë Merrill, violin; Sam Lorenzini, violin: Nicholas Alexander, clarinet; Alex Santamaria, viola; and Jamie Kang, cello. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block

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All six players with Mrs Block (center)

On April 30th, 2nd year master’s piano student Tunde Krasznai entertained her audience with this piano program:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement Op. 27, No. 2

Franz Schubert: Impromptu in G flat Major Op. 90, No. 3; Impromptu in A flat Major Op. 90, No. 4

Franz Liszt: Love Dreams – Notturno No. 3; Valse Impromptu

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Photo courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block

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