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Mill Avenue Chamber Players records John Steinmetz Compositions

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

John Steinmetz, faculty bassoonist, was in Phoenix in June to produce a recording of three of his compositions. The Mill Avenue Chamber Players recorded John’s Quintet for winds and his woodwind quartet Fits and Starts. (That quartet was commissioned by UCLA’s Gary Gray for a performance by the UCLA faculty woodwinds.) The Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet flew in from Stockton to help record Three Pieces for ten winds. This is the first recording of the quartet and dectet, and the third recording of the Quintet. John will return to Phoenix for the album’s release party on August 14. In the meantime, he’ll be coaching chamber music at Apple Hill in New Hampshire.

John Steinmetz conducting Mill Avenue Chamber Players

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Summer updates from Professor of Cello Antonio Lysy

July 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Professor Lysy has sent us an email with some news about his summer activities.

This year, as usual, he is participating in the Incontri in Terra di Siena chamber music festival at beautiful La Foce in Tuscany. Please CLICK HERE for the event’s website and some beautiful photographs of the area. Pictured below is a photo of the wonderful zigzag road from Castellucio and a photo of La Foce iteself.



The Incontri festival will run from July 29th through August 5th

But before Incontri, Prof. Lysy will be in Ottawa performing at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival on July 24th in “Te Amo, Argentina,” a combination of Argentinian dance (tango) and music. CLICK HERE for more information.

Tango Dancers from “Te Amo, Argentinia”

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Browsing through the past–Ted Talk with Christoph Bull at the Royce Hall organ

July 21st, 2016 · No Comments

We happened to run across this great Ted Talk on YouTube from a few years ago with UCLA Organist and organ professor Christoph Bull talking about “Opening Up To The Organ.” He is giving the lecture from UCLA’s Royce Hall Organ. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. Enjoy!

Christoph Bull at the organ

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John Williams pays visit to UCLA Composition Forum students

June 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Composer John Williams paid a visit to Music 290 (Composition Forum) taught by Professor Gloria Cheng, on Thursday, June 2nd. He had been scheduled for a visit the day before, but because of the tragic events on campus that day was willing to return the following day. As Professor Cheng notes:

“He shared some of his pencil sketches to demonstrate his orchestration process, along with some great stories and wise advice. He certainly put a smile on everyone?s face after the traumatic Wednesday?”

Williams with Professor Cheng and all of the students in the class

Williams with group of students studying a score

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Chancellor’s Residence Concert Series ends with piano and cello recitals

May 27th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has shared the following photos and information from the last two recitals of the year. All students are from the Department of Music.

On May 24th, listeners were treated to a piano recital by Andrew Munro, who brought to the Residence an ambitious piano performance of Bach, Beethoven and Liszt.
Anderew Munro and Mrs. Block

On May 26th, the recital series ended with a superb performance of pieces by Arensky, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky, performed by Anne suda on cello and Nicholas Dold on piano.
Anne Suda, Nicholas Dold, and Mrs. Block

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UCLA Voice alumna triumphs in two major competitions

May 17th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa Vasquez, MM ?14, has just won the First Prize in the prestigious Zachary Society Vocal Competition held this past weekend in Los Angeles. The week before that, she was the Top Prize winner in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York. We are proud of Vanessa and her accomplishments! At UCLA, Vanessa sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna, and was also featured in H?ndel?s L?Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and in the world premiere workshop of Bourland and Morris?s The Dove and the Nightingale. Since graduating from UCLA, Vanessa has been a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

A short bio on Vanessa:
Vanessa Vasquez, originally from Scottsdale, Arizona is a second-year Resident Artist of The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA). She made her Academy of Vocal Arts debut as Mimi in La Boheme. This past season she sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro. In October, Vanessa won the James Parkinson Opera Foundation First Prize and the Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs. Audience Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. Reminiscent of her win in the Giargiari, Vanessa won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in Phoenix Opera’s Southwest Vocal Competition. Upcoming engagements include a solo recital with the Phillips Collection Museum in Washington DC this May. Next season she will also be singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto with The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.


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Professor Inna Faliks reports on residency at UNC Greensboro

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments

We have received a concert update from Prof. Inna Faliks regarding her recent residence at UNC Greensboro, where she played a very demanding set of concerts with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

She says: “I just got back from a very intense performance week in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I played Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto twice, and between the two concerto performances was Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds, Schubert Notturno for piano trio, and Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit (solo piano).
Here are two really nice reviews that cover all that, (the chamber one mentions UCLA.)”

Concerto review
Chamber review

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School of Music Graduate Angel Blue to Appear in Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series

May 11th, 2016 · No Comments

The 2016 Metropolitan Summer Recital Series will once again bring free outdoor recitals featuring rising young stars of the opera world to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. The series, now in its eighth year, is presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation?s SummerStage Festival and will feature six free concerts between June 22 and July 13. – See more by CLICKING HERE.


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Incontri in Terra di Siena–2016 music festival announces events

May 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Professor Lysy’s well known summer festival near Siena, Italy, will be featuring the following program of events. You may want to participate in the program or just come to the concerts! For more information, check the event’s website at:



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Chancellor’s Residence Recitals, April and May, 2016

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has forwarded to us more snaps from the most recent recitals at the Residence.

The first one, from April 27th, features cellist Charles Tyler and RJ Pearce on the piano. They performed Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for cello and piano. Here is a photo of both musicians with Mrs. Block.


From May 3, 2016 —

Ryan Nealon, from Ethnomusicology, along with fellow Ethnomusicology majors Grant Milliken, Cody Dear, Nashir Janmohamed, Sara Sith-Amnuai, and Nick Velez. Mrs. Block is in the front, slightly to the left.

They gave a great jazz program:

Old Devil Moon–Burton Lane
The Meaning of the Blues–Worth-Troup
Georgia On My Mind–Hoagy Carmichael
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was–Lorenz Hart (Intro composed by Ryan Nealon)
Pure Imagination–Bricusse-Newley
A Song for You–Leon Russel

From May 4, 2016 —

Catherine Arai, Julien Altmann, Mindy Cheng, Ema Jordan,and Matthew Tong performed Schubert’s piano “Trout” quintet.


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