The CSUSB Music Department offers an accredited education in a wide variety of fields such as performance, composition, music technology, commercial music, musical theater, music education, and music history. The department hosts several musical events throughout the year. Our quarterly concert selection depends on the students and faculty and typically includes jazz, string orchestra, symphonic band and choir. The Music Department also hosts several guest artists from around the world throughout the year. The annual Opera Theatre presentation is one of Cal States premier events.
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Welcome to Winter quarter 2016!
Kurt Weill and Brecht's The 7 Deadly Sins
Feb. 5th, 2016 - Performing Arts Recital Hall: DIGITAL PROGRAM
Feb. 13th, 2016 - The Vine Theater in San Diego, CA
$8 Students/$12 Facutly, Staff, Seniors, Military/$15 General
We’re very excited to bring the West Coast premier of the piano and percussion version of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins opera to the CSUSB Recital Hall stage on Feb. 5 at CSUSB and on Feb. 13 at The Vine Theater.
The performance is a collaboration between CSUSB, Mojalet Dance Collective and the lotusflower new music project. This production is funded in part by the city of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission.
Dr. Stacey Fraser, professor of music and critically acclaimed Canadian soprano will be playing the role of "Anna I", and Faith Jensen-Ismay, an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, will be taking on the role as "Anna II".
Anna I (who sings) and Anna II (who dances) are two facets of one personality. She travels with her family to six different American cities to make enough money to build a little house on the banks of the Mississippi. In each city, she/they encounter a different deadly sin, and Anna I (the practical side) rebukes Anna II (the artistic side) for engaging in sinful behavior – that is, behavior that hinders the accumulation of wealth.
The opera will be directed by Carol Damgen, an award-winning playwright/director and CSUSB theatre arts professor. Andre Harrington, also a CSUSB theatre arts professor, will bring his innovation and vast experience to the costume design. In addition, Jason Mann, CSUSB theatre faculty member and renowned lighting and set designer, will light the entire production.
The piece will also feature Kevin Blickfeldt, of the male quartet VOX, who received great attention this past summer on NBC's hit TV show “America's Got Talent.” As well as, Dr. ChoEun Lee, CSUSB collaborative keyboard artist faculty who recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall, will join Wen-ting Huang, distinguished pianist and CSUSB director of keyboard studies, at the two pianos in this new version of Weill’s provocative and exciting work.
Tickets are on sale now, visit music.csusb.edu. $15 general admission; $12 for senior citizens, faculty, staff and alumni; and $8 for students. Parking is $6 at CSUSB.
Music Tuesday Series Presents: Thomas Kozumplik and Loop 2.4.3
Feb. 9th, 2016 - Performing Arts Recital Hall: DIGITAL PROGRAM
Loop 2.4.3 creates original music steeped in percussion and electronics. Upon release of the debut album in 2007, NPR called Loop 2.4.3 an original voice that "sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now." This idea of simultaneous familiarity and experimentation has been at the heart of Loop 2.4.3 since its inception in 2004. Loop's founder, percussionist/composer Thomas Kozumplik (also a member of Clogs), has created a flexible ensemble that rotates players and varies in size, but a powerful sense of exploration and freedom is constant.
Percussionist/composer Thomas Kozumplik has appeared internationally, including collaborations with Clogs, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Dafnis Prieto, Evan Ziporyn, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Shara Worden, Sufjan Stevens, The Books, The National, Gyan Riley, Legacy Percussion Orchestra, and more, at venues such as the Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Brighton Dome (Brighton, UK), Paradiso (Amsterdam), France Inter Radio "White Sessions" (Paris), international festivals such as the Sydney Festival (AUS), Adelaide Festival (AUS), London Jazz Festival (UK), Music Now (Cincinnati), Big Ears (Knoxville), Ecstatic Music Festival (NYC), Halifax Jazz Festival (NS), and universities, including Cornell, California Institute of the Arts, Michigan State Univ., Santa Clara Univ., and many more. His original music has been described as "brand-new yet iconic" (Gramophone) and "a refreshing combination of rigor, complexity and force" (The Big City).
Dr. Christopher Leible studied piano and violin before earning his undergraduate degree magna cum laude at Long Island University. Dr. Leible then completed a Master of Music degree at Yale University. While attending Yale, Dr. Leible studied composition with celebrated American composer Ned Rorem, and performed at the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, and the Yale Repertory Theatre. After graduating from Yale, he entered Claremont Graduate University, receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003.
Dr. Leible has been on faculty at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts and is currently professor of classical guitar at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.
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