Recital with kirsten wiest (soprano)

April 8, 2017  |  7pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Concert Hall, San Diego, California


In this concert, we'll play music by John Zorn, James Erber (London), Bill Alves, and Daniel Felsenfeld. This will be Kirsten's third DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) recital.

A "new music natural," Kirsten has traveled to numerous venues in France, Texas, and California for concert and operatic performances. She is also the winner of the Young Musicians Foundation Concerto Competition in 2015, when we collaborated in playing Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre. (See also her orchestral performance here.)

Presentation at international musicological society (Tokyo)

March 22, 2017 

The most recognized learned society in musicology around the globe, the IMS holds its quadrennial congress (the 20th this year) in Tokyo. I'll be presenting the academic paper "Unpolitical Music as Response to Political Apathy in Hong Kong."

COURSE instructor appointments

July to December, 2016

I taught "Western Classical Music Appreciation" (180-student, big lecture-hall style class), "Music and the Theatrical Mask" (upper-level undergraduate seminar), and "Popular Music: Hong Kong Identities and Politics" (lower-level undergraduate lecture) at the University of California, San Diego.

Music I taught in the Appreciation course include Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 (second movement, "Orpheus in the Hades"), Undine Smith Moore's oratorio Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, and Lei Liang's piano concerto Tremors of a Memory Chord.

Course syllabi are available upon request.

other recent activities

Dec 1, 2016, Disabling Schubert's Erl-king: Collaboration with ASL (American Sign Language) performer and percussionist Chris Clarino

January - June 2016, Special Discussion Section Leader and Teaching Assistant for Undergraduates with Basic Needs in English Writing (many of them being minorities and international students) Revelle College "Humanities" Writing Program, UC San Diego

February 26-28, 2016, Curator and Coordinator, Intercultural Music Conference and Concerts, UC San Diego