PROFESSOR KEN UENO TO SPEAK AT CHANCELLOR’S “BRILLIANCE OF BERKELEY” COURSE ON FEB 9

Brilliance of Berkeley is a new course in the College of Letters & Science that promises to celebrate all that is UC Berkeley. On Friday, February 9, the course will feature Department of Music Professor Ken Ueno, who will give a lecture titled “Daedalus Drones: Instrumentalizing Architecture and Drones”. The lecture will cover Daedalus Drones, which is a site-specific installation/performance work involving the partnership of three major cultural institutions in Hong Kong. For more details or to sign up for the course, click here.
Cindy Cox

ECO ENSEMBLE PEFORMS MUSIC OF CINDY COX ON FEB 3

UC Berkeley’s acclaimed ensemble in residence pays tribute to the work of Music Department faculty member and eminent composer Cindy Cox, whose compositions are inspired by the invisible laws of nature. The program presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of Cox’s chamber music over several decades, from 1989’s [Four Studies of Light and Dark] for piano and percussion to 2010’s Cañon for an octet of woodwinds and brass, to 2014’s Hishuk ish ts’ awalk (All Things are One), a piece for clarinet, strings, and piano, inspired by the rainforest and native inhabitants of Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The concert also features soprano Amy Foote, alto Sara Couden, tenor Michael Jankosky, and baritone Nikolas Nackley in the world premiere of selections from Cox’s large new theatrical work, The Road to Xibalba. “Her music…is always buoyant, puckish, rhythmically alive and crisply engaging” (San Francisco Chronicle).

RENOVATION OF 125 MORRISON HALL TO BEGIN

The renovation of the new Helen and Thomas Wu Performance Hall will begin in January after years of planning and preparation! Formerly known as the Elkus Room, the new space has been renamed in honor of Charles and Laurie Wu McClain and will open in August 2024. The renovation will include an enlarged stage as well as state-of-the-art upgrades to sound, lighting and digital technology, and will result in a splendid performing venue of 100 seats for all manner of ensembles and presentations. Your support for this project, including sponsoring seats with your name for a gift of $5,000 or more, would be most welcome; please contact us at Give2Music@berkeley.edu.