Winifred Smith Hall

Winifred Smith Hall

With a seating capacity of 205 and wonderful acoustics, Winifred Smith Hall is primarily used as a concert hall, although both Drama and Dance occasionally mount performances here.  The Building was named to honor the generous contributions of music lover and Orange County philanthropist Winifred Smith.
 

 

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UCI Wind Ensemble

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 20. DATE HAS CHANGED.



November 27 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The Jazz Orchestra’s Fall Concert will present a mix of American jazz classics along with original compositions by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez featuring some of our great jazz faculty. A concert not to be missed.

Free admission



November 29 - 8:00 pm
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Chamber Music | OC Presents

Master Class Featuring Violist Karen Dreyfus

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

6:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Join world-renowned violist Karen Dreyfus, Director of Chamber Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music, for a special chamber music master class with members of Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Young Artist Program. Dreyfus has distinguished herself as a recipient of many prizes, including the Naumburg Viola Competition (1982), the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (1980), the Washington International Competition (1979), and the Hudson Valley Competition (1978). Ms. Dreyfus has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the world's most important instrumentalists inspiring the next generation of young musicians!

Suggested Donation at the Door: $10



December 3 - 6:00 pm
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Chamber Music Recital

Fall Concert 2017

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

A program featuring talented students from UCI’s Department of Music performing chamber music masterworks.

Free admission



December 11 - 8:00 pm
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Chamber Music | OC Presents

Master Class / Performance Featuring Pianist Julian Martin

 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

7:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Join Juilliard Piano Professor Julian Martin and Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Young Artists as they explore solo and chamber music masterpieces. This special evening will begin with a public master class and conclude with a solo piano performance by Martin. Come witness the creative process in motion featuring one of the world's most important educators! 

Winifred Smith Hall

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January 3 - 7:00 pm
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Choral Music at UCI Presents

AcaLove: Southern California A Cappella Festival

Dr. Seth Houston, Conductor 

 

January 26, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

UCI Chamber Singers and UCI A Cappella host leading a cappella groups from UCI and other Southern California campuses. Come by to support the art and spread the love.

Free admission



January 26 - 8:00 pm
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Faculty Artist Series

A Future of the Present Past

Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi

Jenny Soonjin Kim, piano

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Kojiro Umezaki, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Jenny Kim, fortepiano, present works for shakuhachi, fortepiano, electronics, and more. The program includes selections from Japanese composer Michio Mamiya’s Five Finnish Folk Songs arranged for the first time for the improbable combination of Monty Levenson’s shakulute—a hybrid shakuhachi-flute—and fortepiano.

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email artstix@uci.edu.  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at http://www.arts.uci.edu/shuttle)

(Photo: Kojiro Umezaki performing with the Silk Road ensemble, ©Max Whittaker)



February 3 - 8:00 pm
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Music Showcase Concert

February 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a noontime concert featuring outstanding performers from various disciplines in UCI’s Department of Music.

710 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 |

Free admission, open to the public.



February 14 - 12:00 pm
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Faculty Artist Series

Kei Akagi & Friends

Kei Akagi, piano
Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi
Darek Oles, bass
Jason Harnell, drums

 

February 16 & 17, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi will be joined by colleagues Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi), Darek Oles (bass), and Jason Harnell (drums) for an evening of original works. This trio has been together for over 25 years, and seamlessly incorporates the full spectrum of traditional and experimental jazz. The group will be joined for this concert by fellow improviser Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi, performing music from a recent recording collaboration and album release.  

There will be two sets with a short intermission.

Selections will be announced from stage.

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email artstix@uci.edu.  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at http://www.arts.uci.edu/shuttle)


About the artists:

KEI AKAGI (piano)

Pianist and composer Kei Akagi has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for four decades. Perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980’s, his career also includes extended associations with major figures such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola, and Airto Moreira. He has also performed or recorded with Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Allan Holdsworth, and others.

Akagi has recorded 14 CD’s as a solo artist and leader. As a sideman and accompanist, he is on over 60 CD’s worldwide, including Miles Davis’ last recorded works. He has also written numerous original works for his own and others’ recordings, with over 80 compositions currently in publication.

Akagi’s performance schedule revolves around two major international concert tours a year. As Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine, he oversees the jazz studies program, teaching jazz history, theory and composition, jazz piano, and performance. He is also a recipient of the distinguished title of UCI Chancellor’s Professor.

KOJIRO UMEZAKI (shakuhachi)

Noted by The New York Times as a “virtuosic, deeply expressive shakuhachi player and composer,” Kojiro Umezaki performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated Silk Road Ensemble, appearing on multiple recordings including Sing Me Home, A Playlist Without Borders, Off the Map, and the 2015 documentary film, The Music of Strangers, directed by Morgan Neville. Other recordings with his work have been released on Brooklyn Rider’s Dominant Curve; Yo-Yo Ma’s Appassionato; Beat in Fractions’ Beat Infraction; The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan (Smithsonian Folkways); and Huun Huur Tu’s Ancestors Call. His latest solo album of mostly original works, (Cycles), was released in 2014.

Born to a Japanese father and Danish mother, Umezaki grew up in Tokyo and is a performer of the shakuhachi, a composer of electro-acoustic works, and a technologist with interests in integrating global musical practices with electronics. He is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine and a core member of the Integrated Composition Improvisation and Technology (ICIT) faculty.

DAREK OLES (bass)

Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz, native of Poland, residing in California since 1988, has performed at prestigious festivals and recorded with many jazz artists. His first recording as a leader "Like A Dream" with Brad Mehldau was released on CD by Cryptogramophone Records in 2004 and gained critical acclaim worldwide. In 2005 Darek was voted the "Best Acoustic Bassist" in the Jazz Top readers poll in Jazz Forum European Magazine. More recently his collaborative projects include Bennie Maupin, Chris Potter, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts and Larry Koonse. He is the instructor of bass for the jazz area of the UCI Music Dept.

JASON HARNELL (drums)

Jason Harnell is a world renowned jazz drummer, educator, composer and bandleader who's unmistakable sound and style, as well as his boundless creativity and enthusiasm have made him a major contributor to the Southern California jazz scene for over twenty five years.  

Jason is consistently creative and swinging whether playing straight ahead jazz or free explorations. He has performed, recorded and toured with many of the world's top jazz musicians including Larry Goldings, Bob Sheppard, Dave Douglas, Larry Koonse, Alan Ferber, Kate McGarry, Steve Cardenas, Ben Wendel, Rick Margitza, Alan Pasqua, Walter Smith III, Joe Bagg, Kei Akagi, Darek Oles & Maynard Ferguson. Jason is also the co-leader of four separate critically acclaimed original bands including, JoE-LeSs ShOe, 3-ish, Sigmund Fudge, GO SHLOMO! and recently joined the long established, Los Angeles Jazz Quartet. He is the instructor of jazz drums for the UCI Music Dept.

In 2017,  Jason launched his most ambitious and creative endeavor to date, the Jason Harnell Solo Drum Experience. Jason’s solo drum concerts are consistently sold out, multi media events that tantalize the senses and explore rhythm, sight and sound in a completely unique way. 



February 16 - 8:00 pm, February 17 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Jazz Small Groups

Winter Concert 2018

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will present its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission



February 21 - 8:00 pm
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Faculty Artist Series

“A Touch of Europe” - Jerzy Kosmala and friends

 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Internationally acclaimed violist Jerzy Kosmala joins forces with fellow UCI faculty member Haroutune Bedelian, violin, and pianist David Dunford in a concert called “A Touch of Europe.” The concert will feature Alessandro Rolla’s Duo for Violin and Viola, with additional selections by Faure, Williams, Bloch, and Constantinides.

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email artstix@uci.edu.  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at http://www.arts.uci.edu/shuttle)



February 24 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Wind Ensemble

 

Monday, February 26, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission



February 26 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert will again bring great original compositions by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and feature compositions by UC Irvine Jazz studies students. A testimony to the ever-developing Jazz Studies Program.

Free admission



February 28 - 8:00 pm
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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

loadbang

 

Friday, March 2, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as “cultivated” by The New Yorker, “an extra-cool new music group” and “exhilarating” by the Baltimore Sun, “inventive” by the New York Times, and a “formidable new-music force” by TimeOutNY. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today. They will be presenting works written exclusively for them by composers Lei Liang, Alexandre Lunsqui, Reiko Futing, Scott Worthington, Scott Wollschleger, and by ensemble members Carlos Cordeiro and William Lang.

Free admission

Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Readings of ICIT graduate student works by Loadbang
Motion Capture Studio, Room 218
Music and Media Building
Free admission

 



March 2 - 8:00 pm
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A Music Salon with Johannes Brahms 

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

An elegant salon featuring chamber, chamber vocal, and solo music by Johannes Brahms, with conversation about Brahms and his world by world-renowned Brahms scholars David Brodbeck and Nicole Grimes.

Tickets:
General $13
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $11
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Please note, the reception is cancelled as of January 17, 2018.



March 7 - 8:00 pm
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Chamber Music Recital

Winter Concert 2018

 

Monday, March 19, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

A program featuring talented students from UCI’s Department of Music performing chamber music masterworks.

Free admission



March 19 - 8:00 pm
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Chamber Music | OC Presents

Master Class / Performance Featuring Cellist Colin Carr

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Join British concert cellist Colin Carr and Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Young Artists as they explore the incredible Solo Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. This special evening will feature a public master class on select movements from the Cello Suites, and will conclude with a performance of a complete Suite by Carr. Come witness the creative process in motion featuring some of the greatest repertoire ever composed for solo cello!

Winifred Smith Hall

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March 21 - 7:00 pm
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Faculty Artist Series

Something Old, Something New
Frances Young Bennett, soprano

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Soprano Frances Young Bennett, described by the LA Times as “A soprano of gossamer sheer purity,” joins forces with UCI faculty pianists Nina Scolnik and Lorna Griffitt in a recital of music by Henry Purcell, American art song, and songs from the Great American Songbook.

TICKETS ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email artstix@uci.edu.  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at http://www.arts.uci.edu/shuttle)



April 14 - 8:00 pm
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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Zeena Parkins: Captiva

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Zeena Parkins is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, a pioneer of the electric harp and a fearless proponent of its acoustic original, inventing extraordinary playing techniques and layers of electronic processing. She will perform Captiva, an original multi-movement composition, working on the macro-level to explore a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp. On the micro-level, improvisational strategies are deployed on designated clips of composed fragments to trigger new material.

Free admission

Also...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Zeena Parkins, Improvisation Workshop
Room 218, Music and Media Building
Free admission



April 20 - 8:00 pm
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Hypercolor

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Hypercolor, the bicoastal trio of guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz, and drummer (and UCI Music faculty member) Lukas Ligeti, presents a fresh take on jazz: the rawness of punk, the virtuosity of jazz-rock, the unrestrained energy of free improvisation, the constructivism of new-music composition, and the emotionality of indie rock coalesce to create an instrumental music of sheer originality. Basic components of music such as melody and pulse are called into question; they are strongly present, but have morphed into an ever-malleable conduit for an unusually vast range of expressive possibilities. Their first, eponymously titled, CD was released in 2015 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and met with wide critical acclaim; since then, Hypercolor has performed in countries from Italy to Indonesia.

Free admission

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Department of Music.



April 25 - 8:00 pm
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Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall

Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics is a new project-in-progress of jazz music and spoken word devoted to the seemingly endless list of young African Americans whose lives have been tragically cut short by violence in the recent past. The piece is a collaboration between distinguished Bay-area jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang and activist poet Amanda Kemp. Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration is organized into vignettes, each named for a Black victim of violence, including: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, while featuring Jang’s original music in conjunction with Amanda Kemp’s spoken word.

Free admission

Jointly sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the Department of Music.


Jon Jang has broken barriers and genres as a composer, pianist and artistic director of ensembles in developing original works that celebrate intercultural collaboration and encourage alliances between the Asian and Black communities in the Bay Area. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kronos Quartet, Jang is a pioneering artist who has consistently been one of the most vital and stimulating voices in the Bay Area’s cultural scene. His works have embraced topics of social justice, racial equality, politics, and history, and in particular, events relating to the Asian American experience. He is the founder of the Asian Improv aRts organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017. In 2010, Jang presented the World Premiere of Angel Voices: Rhapsody on Angel Island Poetry as part of the 28th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Dr. Amanda Kemp blends activism and spirituality, theatre arts and history. A survivor of the New York City foster care system, Dr. Kemp has been a lifelong poet-performer and advocate of racial justice and equality since her first anti-apartheid march in 1983. She earned her B.A. from Stanford University where she helped to lead the Stanford out of South Africa divestment movement and the successful struggle to revamp the University’s Eurocentric humanities requirement. Awarded Stanford’s prestigious Gardner Fellowship for Public Service, Dr. Kemp apprenticed with the Honorable Maxine Waters and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. A poet and playwright, Kemp left politics to pursue a doctoral degree in Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. As a playwright, Kemp debuted her play “Sister Outsider” in the Johannesburg Arts Festival and formed “Intimate Dread,” a trio of women performance poets. A master teacher, Dr. Kemp has taught at Cornell University, Dickinson College, Millersville University, and Franklin & Marshall College where she served as the chair of Africana Studies. She has keynoted Martin Luther King programs at colleges, high schools, and in elementary school settings. Kemp is currently a Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and continues to publish on race, performance, and freedom.

 



May 9 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Jazz Small Groups

Spring Concert 2018

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will present its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission



May 16 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Wind Ensemble

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.

Free admission



May 21 - 8:00 pm
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UCI Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert will bring together, for the first time, director of choral activities Dr. Seth Houston and his UCI Chamber Singers with the UC Irvine Jazz Orchestra. A wonderful evening of vocal & instrumental jazz at its finest! 

Free admission



May 23 - 8:00 pm
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ICIT Student Concert

New music by students of the UCI Music Department's innovative graduate program


Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall

The tenth annual concert presenting original new works by Ph.D. students in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) in the UCI Music Department.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

(Photo credit: Milton Salazar)

View more info on the Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT) program



May 25 - 8:00 pm
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Music Department Spring Soirée

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Celebrating outstanding graduating students in an elegant evening concert. Featuring solo performance, chamber music, small jazz, and contemporary music ensembles. Please join us for a reception before the concert.

TICKETS ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER

Tickets:
General $13
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $11
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6



May 30 - 8:00 pm
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Trio Céleste Presents: Piano Trio Masterworks

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

4:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, international chamber music ensemble Trio Céleste continues to electrify audiences here and abroad in venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea. Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Ensemble-in-Residence for an afternoon of chamber music masterworks by Beethoven and Mendelssohn!

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Join the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Ensemble-in-Residence in a special matinee recital featuring two masterworks in the chamber music canon: Beethoven’s monumental “Archduke” Trio and Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Piano Trio in C minor! 

TICKETS ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER

Tickets:
General $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $16
UCI Students & Children under 17 $6



June 3 - 4:00 pm
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Chamber Music Recital

Spring Concert 2018

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

A program featuring talented students from UCI’s Department of Music performing chamber music masterworks.

Free admission



June 11 - 8:00 pm
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