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“Words and Music” With Poet Ellen Bass and Pianist Inna Faliks–Review

March 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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Peninsula Review’s Richard Lynde recently offered the this very insightful and appreciative review on a special concert by Music Department Professor Inna Faliks and Poet Ellen Bass. Please enjoy the article–CLICK HERE.

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String Bass Professor Christopher Hanulik Featured in L.A. Times Article

February 13th, 2015 · No Comments

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For those of you who might have missed this really wonderful series, the most recent in a series of in-depth articles about principal musicians at the L.A. Philharmonic is worth reading. This particular week UCLA Music Department String Bass Professor Christopher Hanulik, who is also Principal Bass for the L.A. Philharmonic, is featured both in the article and in a separate video clip where he discusses his search for his ideal instrument. This is a fascinating look into the lives and careers of some of the most talented and dedicated musicians in the world. Enjoy the entire article, with video clips, at:

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Updates on Composition Professor Adam Schoenberg

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

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Adam Schoenberg is one of the most performed composers of his generation. This season, his orchestral works see performances from Florida to Finland; his composition Finding Rothko will have been played over 40 times. In November, pianist Nadia Shpachenko released an album of piano music including Schoenberg’s Picture Etudes, inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Bounce for two pianos. Bounce for orchestra was co-commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Be on the lookout later this year for Adam’s orchestral portrait recording made by the Kansas City Symphony and featuring Finding Rothko, Picture Studies for orchestra, and American Symphony.

    Spring Highlights

Finding Rothko
February 11-12 | Kymi Sinfonietta, Eugene Tzigane (cond.) | Finnish Premiere
February 16 | Orlando Philharmonic, Steven Jarvi (cond.)
May 21-23 | Phoenix Symphony, Tito Muñoz (cond.)

American Symphony
February 23 | United States Marine Band, Col. Jason K. Fettig (cond.) | World premiere of concert band version
April 5 | Nu Deco Ensemble, Jacomo Bairos (cond.) | World premiere of chamber orchestra version

New string quartet
April 24, 26 | Fiato Quartet at South Bay Chamber Music Society

    Additional Highlights

• This season alone Picture Etudes has more than 30 performances. On June 12 Nadia Shpachenko gives the New York premiere at Bargeusic.

• Next Season includes performances by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Iris Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New West Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and others to be announced.

• Next season will also include the premiere of the first ever concerto for PROJECT Trio. This genre-defying group performs all over the world blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles. They have over 80-million views on YouTube, and Adam is thrilled to write them an adventurous and exciting work.

Adam’s website:


For more information regarding Adam Schoenberg, please contact:
Mary G. Madigan, Senior Promotion Consultant
Universal Music Publishing Classical, North America
(347) 987-4145

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Contempo Flux Fall 2014 Chamber Music Concert

December 4th, 2014 · 5 Comments

The UCLA contemporary chamber music ensemble, Contempo Flux, would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the Department of Music’s contemporary music ensemble, Contempo Flux, in a program of music by Charles Ives, George Crumb, Robert Erickson, and Stephen Hartke. Admission is free.


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Music Alum Angel Blue Performs in “La Bohème”

November 6th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Music voice alumna Angel Blue has released a debut album “Joy Alone” on Opus Arte and is currently starring as Mimi in the London Coliseum’s production of La Bohème through November 20.

Read about Angel and her London appearances and album HERE.

More information about the English National Opera’s production of La Bohème HERE.

Photos from ENO production of La Bohème below courtesy of the English National Opera

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Two UCLA Alumni Selected as Finalists for Prestigious Warner Music Prize

November 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Professor Juliana Gondek has shared the following good news with us today:

Two graduates of UCLA’s prestigious Voice and Opera Studies degree program, mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell (MM Voice Performance) and bass-baritone Evan Hughes (BA Voice Performance), have been nominated for the first “Warner Music Prize,” which includes a $100,000 cash prize, a Carnegie Hall recital, and a recording offer from Warner Classics. Peabody, Evan, and 14 additional vocalists and instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 35 have been selected by a jury of music professionals for consideration for this award.

Read about it HERE.

Evan Hughes performs in premiere of Ian Krouse opera “Lorca, Child of the Moon.”

Peabody Southwell performs in Opera Gala at UCLA

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UCLA Music Professor Mark Carlson Premieres New Work November 4

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

We have heard from Professor Carlson that his newest piece, The Stargazer, for flute, cello, and piano, will be premiered by Chamber Music Palisades on Tuesday, November 4, at 8:00 pm, at

St. Matthew’s Parish
1031 Bienveneda Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Susan Greenberg, flute, Peter Myers, cello, and Delores Stevens, cello.

Students with current ID are FREE! General admission is $30.

Here’s the program information:

And here’s the ticket information:

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The Loren L. Zachary Society To Honor Professor Vladimir Chernov at Viennese Luncheon

October 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Music Performance Graduates Win Orchestral Posts

September 26th, 2014 · 4 Comments

We have received the following great news on some of our performance graduates, proving that there is demand out there for talented and dedicated musicians!

• Sara Marsh (MM ’12, clarinet — now Sarah Canning) has just been named principal clarinet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, an excellent American regional orchestra.

• Fernando de la Fuente (BA ’14, string bass) has just been named principal bass of the Chicago Civic Symphony, a Chicago Symphony-affiliated ensemble which is one of the top training orchestras in the country.

• Joey Muñoz (trombone), who completed his MM and DMA (fall, 2013) with us, is also a member of the Tucson Symphony.

• Ray Nowak, who earned his MM at UCLA in the late 1990’s, is in the trumpet section of the San Diego Symphony.

Congratulations to all of you — you’re making us proud!


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Ethnomusicology Guitar Student Robert “Chili” Corder Wins 2nd Place in Guitar Competition

August 20th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We’ve heard from Robert (“everyone calls me Chili”) Corder about his recent trip to the Wilson Guitar Competition, where he won 2nd Place. He was sponsored by the School of Music’s Student Opportunity Fund.

He says, “I won second place in the jazz division of the 2nd annual Wilson Center Guitar competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was an all-ages, international guitar competition with 16 semi-finalists. My legal name is Robert but I’m known at UCLA and professionally as Chili Corder. I also just negotiated an endorsement deal with Hofner Guitars and I’ve attached a promotional headshot from the company.”

Congratulations, Chili!

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