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Carillon Marks Centennial in November; Looks Toward Future

On Friday, November 3 the carillon bells located in Sather Tower (the Campanile) will mark their 100th anniversary. Although originally cast in 1915 by the John Taylor Bell-foundry of Loughborough, England the bells and were not installed in Sather Tower until 1917 due to delays caused by WWI. The bells were first played for three … Continue Reading »

Campus Partners with CNMAT to Launch Certificate in Design Innovation

Studying across disciplines and challenging conventions is something that has always been encouraged at UC Berkeley. Students’ coursework regularly spans across academia; but today’s world requires the ability to integrate knowledge and theory from multiple disciplines. Thanks to the launch of UC Berkeley’s Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI), students will earn credit for taking courses … Continue Reading »

UC Berkeley Alum Donates Rare Instruments to Department

When David E. Fastovsky was a graduate student studying Paleontology at UC Berkeley in the 1970’s he was presented with the opportunity to play numerous rare instruments, including a prized Vuillaume viola in the Music Department’s rare instrument collection. “I told my current string quartet about the Vuillaume, and they were astounded – asking, ‘Did … Continue Reading »

Music Major Spotlight: Zhoushu Ziporyn

Zhoushu Ziporyn was drawn to the UC Berkeley Department of Music for a number of reasons. The open and very friendly atmosphere, a holistic academic approach, an extensive library collection, and an amazing and open-minded faculty all drew Ziporyn to UC Berkeley. “I ended up in Cal because I like what it stands for. I … Continue Reading »

Mathew’s 2016 includes Townsend Fellowship and Takács Quartet Residency

UC Berkeley Associate Professor of Music Nicholas Mathew’s schedule is pretty full most semesters. Between teaching a range of research and performance courses, maintaining a schedule of piano performances, and continuing to publish new research on late eighteenth-century music there is not much time for anything else in his professional calendar. But this year Mathew … Continue Reading »

5 Questions: Music Alumni Alexander Kahn ’08

Alexander Kahn graduated from UC Berkeley Music with his Ph.D. in 2008. After a stint at Gettysburg College, Kahn now serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University. 1- You note your father Eugene was a big influence on your passion for music. How did he and your family nurture your interest? I come from … Continue Reading »

Pacific Rim Music Festival Ensemble Korea, new music

A recent April noon concert featured Pacific Rim Music Festival Ensemble Korea, in the Bay Area for this and additional concerts at UC Santa Cruz, to be followed by a performance at the Italian Academy, Columbia University in New York. The program featured both preview concerts of new compositions by composer Shi-Hui Chen, chair and professor … Continue Reading »

Naomi in the news

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik about Angélique Kidjo’s concert at the Nourse Theater: : “(The concert) was as expected, a leap-from-your -seat and shake your booty op, and by the time she sang her last song, the audience had swarmed the stage and the aisles. Near the end of the show, she sang while walking through … Continue Reading »

Robert Commanday, colleagues and friends say farewell

Robert Commanday, prominent critic in the San Francisco Bay Area, died at age 93 on September 3, 2015 at his home in Oakland. Initial responses to his passing came in from all over the world, but within the San Francisco Classical Voice online music website, the man who established and ran SFCV 17 years ago … Continue Reading »

Elevating Berkeley's creative culture, an idea whose time has come.

Students from many academic disciplines at Berkeley are the focus of a new arts and design immersive initiative that introduces science, technology, engineering, and math students to arts and design, via a new Big Ideas course,  “Thinking Across the Arts and Design at Berkeley,” but of a major new effort at Berkeley called the Arts + Design Initiative. … Continue Reading »

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Under the artistic direction of composer Matthias Pintscher, the 31-member ensemble lent its “bracing expertise” (The Guardian, London) to two programs of 20th-century gems on November 6 & 7 in a concert sponsored by Cal Performances. Included in the concert programs were the American premiere of a new work, We met as Sparks, by Music Department faculty … Continue Reading »