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Chancellor’s Recital season updates

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has shared some more photos with us of recent recitals at the residence.

On May 2, Vivian Kung, tuba, and Daniel Gledhill, piano. Mrs. Block is on the left. Who knew there was tuba/piano music?

On May 3rd, the recital was given by Bryant Gozali, cello, and Anton Smirnov, piano

In addition, on May 10th, Mrs. Block hosted Anastasia Petanova, Mindy Chang, and Valeria Morgovskaya in a program of chamber music.

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Professor Christoph Bull Performs in China and Japan

May 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

We have heard from the Music Department’s Professor of Organ, Christoph Bull, who has been performing in Japan and China. Below are some of the photos he has shared with us.

01 Christoph, Teachers, Students at Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Christoph, teachers, and students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

03 Shumei Temple in Misono
Shumei Temple in Misono, Japan

04 Rodgers Royal V at Misono Temple
Rodgers Royal V organ at Misono Temple

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April 4th and 13th Chancellor’s Residence Recitals

April 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has shared a photo with us of the performers for the April 4th Residence Recital. Nick Carlozzi, piano and Xenia Deviatkina-Loh,violin, performed “Road Movies” by John Adams and “Great Suite” by Nick Carlozzi.

Mrs. Carol Block, left, Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, center, and Nick Carlozzi at the piano

On April 13th, Mrs. Block hosted vocal studies major Oriana Falla, accompanied by Douglas Sumi

Oriana performed a program of songs for voice and piano

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Selection of Songs
Si mes vers avaient des ailes
L?heure exquise
Le Rossignol des Lilas

Heitor Villa – Lobos (1887-1959)
Ca?ao de Amor
Melodia Sentimental

Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
Tres Poemas
Olas gigantes
Tu pupila es azul
Besa el aura

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March 21st Spring Recital at the Chancellor’s Residence

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has shared with us some photos from the most recent performance in the residence recital series. The program played is also below.

Mari De Napoli, Mindy Chang, Viola You, Mrs. Block, Joyce Kwak, Youjin Ko, Anton Smirnoff
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block


Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.19 (1901)
Allegro scherzando

Youjin Ko, cello
Anton Smirnov, piano

Erno Dohnanyi (1877-1960)
Piano Quintet No.1, Op. 1 (1895)
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Adagio, quasi andante

Joyce Kwak, violin
Mari De Napoli, violin
Viola You, viola
Youjin Ko, cello
Mindy Cheng, piano


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February and March Chancellor’s Recital Series Offerings

March 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has shared the following photos of groups who have performed at the recent Chancellor’s recital events.

Starting off, on February 23rd, the group Mariachi de Uclatlan again entertained the audience with their music.

The group includes Logan Clark, Rolando Villa, Andres Padilla, Gabriela Gaxiola, Elisa Quinonez, Pauline Arriaga


The next recital, on March 1st, was the UCLA guitar ensemble, organized by Juan Rivera. Peter Yates, professor of guitar, is standing.


And the last recital for this posting, from March 8th, is the duo of Jeffrey Ho and Mitsuko Morikawa. The second photo includes Mrs. Block



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Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series 2017 Starts With Jazz and Clarinets

February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has forwarded photos to us from the first two Residence recitals of the year. The first, on February 21st, was Cody Dear with his group Dear’s Crossing. Here are two photos of this jazz group with and without Mrs. Block.
(All photos are courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block.)


Members of this group are: Cody Dear, Jack Bastian, Sara Sithi-Amnuai, Nashir Janmohamed, and Brandon Bridges


Members of this group are: Stephen Ryder, Ge GAO, Shaniee Parker and Fourplay Clarinet (Shaniee’s group from CSU Fullerton)

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Piano professor Inna Faliks and Students Take Awards

February 7th, 2017 · No Comments

We have heard from Professor Inna Faliks, head of keyboard studies in the School of Music, about some recent successes achieved by herself and her students. She says:

“Mindy Cheng, junior in piano, student of Inna Faliks, won First Prize in the International Great Composers Competition in the Schubert category.

More information on this competition can be found by CLICKING HERE. Mindy was in the Age VI division.

Xiao Chen won 1st prize in the American Protege competition. She will perform in Carnegie Hall, in the Winners’ Recital, in April.

More about this competition can be read HERE.

Also – This week I was received the 40 under 40 Award from Stony Brook University in a ceremony held in NYC, for achievements in the arts.”

Read more HERE about the “40 Under 40” awards.

Congratulations to Inna and her students on these remarkable achievements.

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Chistoph Bull — Podcast “At The Organ”

January 25th, 2017 · No Comments


We have heard from Professor Christoph Bull, University Organist, about his latest podcast interview with Jim Logue.

He says “Jim Logue interviewed me about how I got into playing the piano and the organ, about my studies, about my work at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, about my organica series and concerts around the world, about playing music for silent movies and about the instrument I’m playing. ”

The podcast can be heard at:


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Vocal Studies Grad Peabody Southwell Shines in Production of “Anatomy Theater”

January 13th, 2017 · No Comments

One of our faculty members has just shared this New York Times review with us of the new chamber opera “Anatomy Theater.”

This 75-minute work includes long stretches of spoken text (Mr. Lang and Mr. Dion wrote the chilling libretto), as well as videos (by Bill Morrison) and projections (by Laurie Olinder). Vocal Studies graduate Peabody Southwell has a prominent role in this cutting edge production.

Read the entire review by CLICKING HERE.


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For Professor Elisabeth Le Guin, Listening is a Winning Pedagogy

December 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment


Prof. Le Guin talks about the act of listening and what it requires of us. Watch here

Academics find their calling following multiple paths. For Professor Elisabeth Le Guin, she was a professional musician first and arrived late to teaching as a musicologist. She has wasted no time embarking on her own pedagogical road since she began teaching at UCLA in 1997, and her efforts were recognized this fall when she was presented with a UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award at the thirty-third Night to Honor Teaching, the only UCLA event that’s solely devoted to recognizing excellence in teaching. Le Guin, who is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Musicology, joins fellow musicologist Robert Fink, who was a recipient last year, along with five others from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, since 2000: Mitchell Morris, Musicology, (2003); Robert Bourland, Music, (2005); Robert Winter, Music, (2008); Ian Krouse, Music, (2011).

Le Guin’s teaching philosophy is timely. Inspired through the years by the Fandango fronterizo, an event held annually in May along the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego, musicians in the son Jarocho?tradition of southern Mexico gather on either side of the fence in order to sing and dance together in protest of injustice and in celebration of survival in the face of injustice. “Human bodies cannot cross the fence — indeed it is not even possible to get a little finger through the rusty mesh — but human sound travels through freely,” she wrote.

The Fandango fronterizo is more than a political event for Le Guin, it underlies her scholarship; it urges her to insist on “crossing that rusty border fence between practice and theory, between the beautiful urgencies of real-time execution, and the development of critical distance upon it. “It has led her to the fundamental cornerstone of her teaching: the cultivation of listening as an act of what she calls “radical (re) connection.”

Nowhere has this philosophy been more pronounced for Le Guin than in the Winter of 2015, when she put to the test an experiment in radical listening: she faced a class of graduating Music History majors and announced they were going to create the syllabus for their capstone course, together. What was to be radical listening on her end, became radical empowerment for her students. “It drew on everything I had always tried for in my work as a professional musician,” she said, “and later, in my performances as a teacher.” In this case, Le Guin’s radical (re) connection resulted in a successful two-day conference fully realized by the 2015 graduating Music History seniors, where they presented their culminating projects to an engaged public. This conference has since become a yearly feature of department life.

“I conceive the enterprise of encouraging and nourishing my students’ unique visions as my pedagogical mandate above all other considerations,” she said. “My musician’s training in interactive listening is put to a stringent test: to stand at the service of THEIR ideas — not my own.”

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