View From a Hilltop: Mark Carlson at 65

Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM
445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, Los Angeles, California, United States

View From a Hilltop: Mark Carlson at 65
Wednesday, April 18, 8pm
Schoenberg Hall
Free Admission

After 44 years as a composer and with nearly 100 works completed, acclaimed composer, UCLA alumnus and adjunct professor Mark Carlson presents a retrospective of his “lyrical, emotionally powerful, and stylistically unique” work. Admired for his versatility, his compositions include art songs, chamber and choral music, concertos, large ensemble works, and songs for musical theater. View From a Hilltop: Mark Carlson at 65, presented in the composer’s 65th year, features movements and songs that span his entire career, offering a glimpse into how his music evolved as a composer. He also gives us a peek into the future as he presents an aria from his opera on The Scarlet Letter, which he is currently writing with librettist Bruce Olstad, also a UCLA alumnus. Fittingly, the roster of performers on the program is exclusively Herb Alpert School of Music students, faculty, alumni and staff. “I have spent most of my adult life at UCLA, and my output as a composer is intimately linked with and has been nurtured in so many ways by my life at UCLA,” he said.

Program includes:

Batik, The Homeward Heart (mvt 2) (2010)
This is the Garden (songs 1 & 2) (1987)
The Scarlet Letter, Hester’s Plea (2016)
Entre la sombra y el alma (2007)
Cuatro sonetos de amor (songs 2 & 3) (1998)
From One Who Stays (songs 3 & 5) (1992)
View From a Hilltop (mvts. 3 & 2) (2009)
Two pieces on speeches by John F. Kennedy (2002)
Twilight (1990)
From the Song of Songs I (songs 2 & 3) (1986, 1979)
From the Song of Songs II (songs 2 & 4) (1992)
Night Will Blossom (songs 1 & 2) (1994)
An die Geliebte (2017)
Patchen Songs (songs 1 & 8) (1975-76)
Piano Quartet (1992) (mvts. 1 & 3) (1992)

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