Tag Archives: Music

Philip Glass and Company Introduce Cello Concerto

It’s not everyday that a famous composer comes to town to premiere a new work. That day came for San Diego in 2007 when composer Philip Glass made his way to the beautiful beach community of La Jolla for the American debut of his piece, Cello Concerto, with the renowned La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, an ensemble affiliated with UC San Diego.

Also classing up the place was cellist Wendy Sutter and conductor Steven Schick, all of whom are featured in this short video introduction, new on UCTV Prime Cuts. Once you’ve got your primer, it’s time to watch the performance itself.

Chances are you’ll be hungry for more, so consider perusing our complete collection of diverse La Jolla Symphony and Chorus performances and behind the curtain interviews that we’ve made available over the years. Enjoy!


Splish Splash, Music’s Taking a Bath

Though perhaps best known for his film scores, including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Tan Dun is a prolific and versatile composer whose work fuses conventional instruments, natural sounds, electronics and Asian and Western idioms into a dynamic, cohesive whole.

In this interview, recorded during La Jolla Music Society’s 2012 SummerFest season, Tan Dun discusses the artistic strategies employed in his theatrical oratorio “Water Passion,” inspired by Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.”

You’ll be able to see more from this and other SummerFest performances when they premiere in October on UCTV. For now, get primed with this special “UCTV Prime Cuts” clip from the show.

Or how about catching up with some of Tan Dun’s previous SummerFest appearances?

Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June — La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2006

Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera” – La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2003


Listen to the Sounds of Capitalism….

Timothy Taylor’s “Sounds of Capitalism” might not espouse the same sentiments as Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence,” but they’re interesting nonetheless.

In his new book, Taylor,  a professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at UCLA, tracks the use of music in American advertising for nearly a century, from variety shows to the rise of the jingle, the postwar rise in consumerism and the more complete fusion of popular music and consumption in the 1980s and after. It’s fascinating stuff, especially as we find ourselves in such a turbulent and exciting time of media shape-shifting.

On the latest episode of “UCTV Prime Cuts,” Professor Taylor discusses the awkward transition endured by early 20th century advertisers as they adjusted to the new medium of radio.  For more from Taylor,  watch the entire interview here.


Who Owns Music and Why You Should Care with UCLA’s Anthony Seeger

Photo: UCLA Dept of Ethnomusicology

Have you swapped music online and felt guilty about it? Been to a file sharing site while looking over your shoulder? Then you’re not alone. We’re smack dab in the middle of a complex debate over the ownership and distribution of digital entertainment and how things shake out in the next couple of years will shape both the business and creative sides of music, film, television and beyond.

As Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, Anthony Seeger knows a lot about both sides of the conversation and he shares his considerable knowledge in “Who Owns Music and Why You Should Care,” the 110th Faculty Research Lecture.

In this entertaining and insightful talk, Seeger, a nephew of folk music icon Pete Seeger, imparts some of his considerable musical knowledge, and also a song, while also examining the opposing positions of “Don’t pirate my music” and “Knowledge wants to be free,” before leading into a discussion of the more general point that copyright law is only one way among thousands that societies regulate the transmission of and access to knowledge. The lecture is preceded by the UCLA Bluegrass and Old-Time String Ensemble singing, “This Land is Your Land.”

You can watch or download the talk here. Also, read a recent interview with Seeger here.


UCTV Programs Nab Three Telly Awards!

We’re proud to announce that three UC-produced programs have received Bronze Telly Awards!

The World’s Most Endangered Forests: Tropical Dry Forests of Oceania
Produced by first-time UCTV contributor Thomas Gillespie, professor of geography at UCLA, this half-hour documentary takes you to the beautiful southwest Pacific region of Oceania, where the forests have been reduced to less than one percent of their historic range. Professor Gillespie examines the biodiversity of woody plants and the local culture of some of the Pacific’s most threatened regions.

SummerFest 2009: Stewart Copeland, Composer
Produced by our sister channel at UC San Diego, UCSD-TV, this half-hour performance features original compositions by percussionist Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for superstar rock band The Police. This is the first award for the SummerFest series and, after twelve years of partnering with La Jolla Music Society, we are confident it won’t be the last.

Opera Spotlight: Romeo and Juliet
Also from UCSD-TV, this 30-minute program gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Opera’s 2010 production of Gounod’s Shakespeare-inspired masterpiece. This is the fifth award for the Opera Spotlight series, which UCSD-TV and San Diego Opera have co-produced since 1995 — including this year with San Diego Opera’s 2011 season.

UCTV programs are no stranger to the Telly Awards, having picked up fifteen of them since 2004. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, their mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 31st Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Congratulations to our UC producers, program contributors and community partners!