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Oct 26 2022

Songs of Our Time: A recital celebrating works of retired UCLA composition professor Mark Carlson

Lani Hall

This special event showcases works written by retired UCLA composition professor Mark Carlson. Performing Mark's works will be soprano Rebecca Sjöwall, and pianist Victoria Kirsch. Finishing the program will be a piece by Marcus Sjöwall.


Mark Carlson:

From the Song of Songs (1979, 1988)
on poems from the translation by Marcia Falk

Cuatro Sonetos de Amor (1998)
four songs on sonnets by Pablo Neruda

The Glade (2020)
on a poem by Diana Decker

Marcus Sjöwall:

För Trädets Skull (For the sake of the tree)
three songs on poems by Karin Boye


Mark Carlson has been a composer and flutist on the UCLA music composition faculty for 28 years; he retired in 2018. He was also the Founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning chamber music series Pacific Serenades, which ran from 1982-2016.

Marcus Sjöwall, a native of Sweden, has orchestrated and arranged music for well over a hundred movies, tv shows, video games, albums, and live performances, including Lost In Space, Marvel's Agent Carter, Shaft, Invictus, and UglyDolls.

Rebecca Sjöwall, soprano, has performed over 30 different roles with opera companies across the U.S. Her repertoire encompasses a wide variety of roles, such as The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Liù in Turandot, Older Alyce in Glory Denied, and Alice Ford in Falstaff. Her voice is also featured in the popular video game, BioShock, and several films, including Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar and Annette. A frequent collaborator with fellow UCLA alumni Ron & Russell Mael (a.k.a. Sparks), she received an M.M. degree from UCLA in 2008.

Collaborative pianist/vocal coach Victoria Kirsch has created and performed innovative programs throughout Southern California, including concerts based on museum exhibitions and staged art song/poetry programs. She serves as a vocal and opera coach at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music.

This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. We are proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2022 - 23 Dobrow Series.


UCLA, the School of Music, and Los Angeles County strongly recommend indoor masking.

While masking is not mandatory, it is encouraged as a way of helping to protect our community.

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Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $1 for 20 minutes to $20 all day. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.