Tag Archives: classical music

Liszt in the World

What do you know about Franz Liszt? You probably know he was a composer. You might know he was a piano virtuoso. What you may not know is that he was pretty much a rock star.

Although he didn’t play rock ‘n roll, Liszt went on massively successful tours, made all the money he could hope for, and even had groupies.

Liszt traveled the world playing thousands of concerts to screaming girls who fought over his velvet gloves, staying put for a few years here and there when he was having illegitimate children with Countess Marie d’Agoult or stealing Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein from her husband.

But Liszt wasn’t a stone cold fox entirely — much of the money he earned touring was donated to charities, churches and causes such as the Leipzig Musicians Pension Fund. At the end of his life, Liszt took the Franciscan order and quietly lived in a monastery.

Watch Liszt in the World, as UC San Diego Professor Emeritus Cecil Lytle explores the music and travels of this classical rock star.

For more videos of Liszt’s music, visit www.uctv.tv/liszt.

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Experimenting with Space and Sound

Take some time to meditate on three versions of “California Girls.”

Watch what happens when a small group of musicians meander through a distinctive museum space, experimenting with sound and surprising even themselves.

These are the kinds of unusual experiences you’re privy to in Episode 2 of UCTV Prime’s new series “Museum Meets Orchestra,” which goes behind the scenes of a most unique musical residency. The UCLA Hammer Museum invited wild Up, a 24-member, experimental classical/contemporary orchestra, to be in residence over a six-month period in 2012. During that time, the orchestra presented three major concerts and 30 smaller chamber music performances that defied convention and transformed the museum into a space as unexpected and moving as the music itself.

Episode 2 examines in-depth two very different compositions commissioned for the residency.

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When Museum Meets Orchestra, Things Get Wild

What happens when a group of young, talented musicians are given free reign in a world-class museum? Things get wild.

See for yourself in the first episode of “Museum Meets Orchestra,” a new UCTV Prime documentary series that goes behind the scenes with wild Up, a 24-member, experimental classical/contemporary orchestra that just wrapped an unusual six-month residency at the UCLA Hammer Museum.

During that time, the orchestra presented three major concerts and 30 smaller chamber music performances that defied convention and transformed the museum into a space as unexpected and moving as the music itself. Through interviews and performance footage, the 4-part series invites you inside the group’s creative process for a truly unique viewing experience.

Episode 1 offers an overview of the residency and an introduction to wild Up’s key ensemble members, who talk about the origins and sensibility of the group. Stay tuned Tuesdays in January for new episodes that just might change how you think about “classical” music.

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Museum Meets Orchestra – Sneak Peek!

What comes to mind when you think ‘orchestra?’

Well, you’ll toss that idea out the window when you see what wild Up, a 24-member, experimental classical/contemporary orchestra based in Los Angeles, pulled off during their unprecedented six-month residency at the UCLA Hammer Museum, which concludes December 21.

We’re in production now on “Museum Meets Orchestra,” a four-part series that goes behind the scenes with the artists and illustrates the modern music collective’s creative process as they defy convention and transform the museum into a space as unexpected and moving as the music itself.

The series premieres January 8 on UCTV Prime but here’s a sneak peek of what wild Up’s up to now.

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The Best Seat in the House

If you’re a chamber music fan and you find Wigmore, Alice Tully and Carnegie halls not nearly exclusive enough, consider UCLA’s Clark Library, where high culture doesn’t have to mean a high price tag.

Since 1994, the beloved rare-book library in Los Angeles’ West Adams district has featured the same talent as the best-known music halls in the world, in the kind of intimate setting for which chamber music was conceived.

In the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts, we visit this sumptuous, acoustically superlative 100-seat drawing room, first conceived by L.A. Philharmonic founder William Andrews Clark Jr., for an inside look at the Chamber Music at the Clark concert series, one of L.A.’s best kept secrets.

The Best Seat in the House: UCLA’s Chamber Music at the Clark Library – UCTV Prime Cuts

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