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Verdi, Young and Old

8232In the annals of creative endeavor relatively few artists have continued to grow and innovate throughout their career, much the less so in careers spanning fifty years or more. Some names that come to mind are Paul Cézanne, Mark Twain, William Butler Yeats, Alfred Hitchcock, Irving Berlin – and Giuseppe Verdi.

“San Diego OperaTalk: Double Verdi” could just as accurately be titled “Verdi, Young & Old.” The two operas discussed by host Dr. Nicolas (Nic) Reveles represent distinct stages in Verdi’s artistic development: “La Traviata” stems from Verdi’s celebrated middle period, while “Falstaff,” the composer’s last opera, was composed at the age of eighty.

Through a combination of anecdotes, analysis, historical commentary, and musical excerpts, Dr. Nic guides the audience through the evolution of Verdi’s style over the forty years separating the two works, moving from the comparatively straightforward construction of “La Traviata” to the through-composed idiosyncrasies and surprises of “Falstaff.” Along the way Nic examines the conventions of Italian opera during Verdi’s lifetime; his sources of inspiration; the composer’s relationship to his audience; distinctive features of Verdi’s orchestrations; his love of Shakespeare; and his devotion to dramatic verisimilitude. With the assistance of soprano Cherylyn Larson and baritone Bernardo Bermudez, Nic presents characteristic excerpts from each opera to better illustrate Verdi’s evolving approach to issues of theme and structure.

Taken together, “La Traviata” and “Falstaff” provide to the neophyte and opera veteran alike a fascinating, supremely melodic glimpse into the inner creative life of one of our greatest composers.

Contributed by arts and humanities producer John Menier

Watch San Diego OperaTalk: Double Verdi


Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease – New Interviews from the Brain Channel

8232What breakthroughs are on the horizon in Alzheimer’s disease research? Researchers and experts on the front lines talk about their work, their advocacy, and the possibility of finding effective treatments in new interviews on the Brain Channel.

The Quest for Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease with Eric Siemers

The Oncoming Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease with Maria Carrillo

Getting to 2025 for Alzheimer’s Disease with Phyllis Ferrell

Research Ethics and Advancing the Future of Alzheimer’s Disease Research with Ara Khachaturian

View the entire Alzheimer’s disease series here.


Take UCTV with You – Thousands of Downloadable Video & Audio Podcasts

Did you know that in addition to watching UCTV programs on your television and your computer you can also take them with you in the form of a video or audio podcast?

If you’ve ever wished you weren’t stuck with just the radio on your commute or wanted to break up a long flight with something more interesting than a movie you’ve already seen, load up your digital device and get ready to enjoy some great programming. Once you have the programs there is no need for an internet connection to watch or listen.

    itunesOn iTunes you will find hundreds of feeds organized by special topics. Check it out here. Watch or download what you want for free. While you are there, take a moment to subscribe to the feeds that interest you. Don’t forget to check out UCTV’s featured channels to automatically get the latest in your player.
    rss If you don’t use iTunes you can still subscribe in your favorite RSS reader. Click here and find the topics that interest you. Then click on the Video Podcast Feed Link. Depending on your browser you may need to copy that link into your reader.

Enjoy your portable UCTV!


CARTA: Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Public Health

8232All living things are the product of evolutionary processes. Since the goals of the health sciences are to prevent disease, maintain health and treat illnesses, it follows that an understanding of evolutionary mechanisms and processes in the context of human origins is of vital importance. New applications of evolutionary biology to medicine and health are developing fast, with special opportunities for contributions from anthropogeny. Exploring the constraints and trade-offs involved in the evolutionary transition to humans is crucial for understanding diseases of our species.

From inherited syndromes, to heart disease, from breast milk to the evolution of sleep, this symposium brings together experts who discuss advances as they apply to the prevention and treatment of various illnesses such as obesity and other metabolic diseases, sleep disorders, problems associated with reproductive health, and disorders resulting from inappropriate immune responses, all viewed in the context of the crucible of our human origins.

Watch Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Public Health.


The Young Person’s Guide to Beethoven’s Fifth

8232Arts and music education in public schools has suffered cutbacks in recent years, due to tightening budgets and shifting priorities. In response many community organizations have rallied to the cause, inaugurating or expanding programs designed to engender an interest in the arts in young audiences, both as participants and as future audience members.

One such initiative is La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ annual Young People’s Concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Students from San Diego area schools are invited to attend an open rehearsal with a presentation by conductor Steven Schick, who provides commentary from the podium and fields questions from the audience.

The focus of the 2016 concert is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, one of the cornerstones of the classical repertoire. Schick guides the students through an exploration of the Symphony’s structure, illustrating through musical excerpts how Beethoven used simple means in innovative ways to construct his piece. He also discusses the role of the orchestra’s various instruments and sections (e.g., brass) in shaping the sound, demonstrates how the composer uses interconnected themes throughout, and considers how Beethoven’s work differs from the composers who preceded and influenced him.

Often humorous, always informative, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People’s Concert 2016 affords viewers (both young and older) a lively introduction to one of the masterworks of Western music.

Watch Young People’s Concert 2016 – La Jolla Symphony & Chorus