Arts @ UCSB
The diversity of arts — and the world’s diversity as reflected by art — are on full display this season at UC Santa Barbara, with accomplished students, world-class faculty and special guests set to showcase their talents in dance, music, art and theater.Among other creative endeavors, the UCSB spring arts calendar features music from around the world, a master of movie makeup, original choreography and films exploring gender identity.
The Department of Music presents a trio of different performance styles this season. First up is the UCSB Jazz Ensemble in concert with renowned saxophonist and composer Garret Wingfield, known for his embrace of diverse genres and mediums. The jazz ensemble will perform “Skylark” (as arranged by Bob Brookmeyer) and Wingfield’s original compositions “Quicksilver” and “Antropoidiea,” among other songs. The performance is May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
The spring concert series continues with the University Wind Ensemble, directed by Paul Bambach and featuring guest conductor Frank Ticheli. Works in the program include “Angels in the Architecture,” featuring graduate student Molly Clementz (mezzo soprano) and “Song for Aaron” from the Clarinet Concerto, performed by Paul Bambach and conducted by Ticheli himself. The performance of Ticheli’s music is June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
Finally, the UCSB Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Richard North, will perform with Santa Barbara-based Gamelan Sinar Surya. Gamelan is traditional Indonesian ensemble music, featuring predominantly percussive instruments including metallophones, xylophones, bamboo flutes and hand-played drums called kendhang. The music will range from calm and introspective to lively and energetic. The program will take place June 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall.
Tickets prices for each of these ensemble performances are $10 for adults, $5 for non-UCSB students and free for UCSB students and children under 12 years of age. More information about musical performances is available at http:// …