Music in the Rotunda
Admission is free, but reservations are sometimes required; see instructions in each listing. The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $12 (cash only); the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five, and further details are available on the UCLA maps and directions page. For more information, contact Catherine Brown at 310.206.4608.
The UCLA Library offers "Music in the Rotunda" and other cultural programs at no cost to students, faculty, staff, and the community. For information on supporting the Library, contact the development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.206.8526.
Friday, April 18
Comprised of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate students and alums, the Royce String Quartet features violinists Myroslava Khomik and Leila Nassar-Fredell, violist Alison Spieth, and cellist Sean Fischer. Winners of the 2013 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (founded 1891) Small Ensemble Competition and the 2013 San Diego MTAC Chamber Competition, they will perform a program of the Haydn String Quartet Op. 76, no. 4 "Sunrise"; the Shostakovich String Quartet no. 7, Op.108; and the Prokofiev String Quartet no. 2, Op. 92. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Saturday, May 3
In 1969 the Beatles aspired to record an album and perform it live without any studio tricks. However, it was an unenthusiastic effort as they would disband the following year, and contrary to their initial undertakings, the album was edited, overdubbed, reorganized, renamed, and released as their last LP, Let It Be. Music Library staff member Henry Lim together with current and former graduate students of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will perform the original unreleased album Get Back arranged for vocals, acoustic guitar, and string quartet. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Friday, May 9
UCLA Department of Music graduate student violinists Luke Santonastaso and Brita Tastad, violist Jennifer Wu, and cellist Jasmine Lau comprise the Lumia String Quartet. Their program will include Mozart's "Dissonance" String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K 465, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op 80. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Thursday, May 15
Two UCLA Department of Music undergraduate voice students will perform solos and a duet from the upcoming Opera UCLA production of Händel's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato. The entire opera will be presented at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library on June 7. These performances are part of Powell Undergraduate Research Week, with research panels, poster sessions, and oral presentations. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Saturday, May 17
GuitAria reawakens the ancient combination of voice and guitar, producing sounds ranging from medieval ruminations and John Cage soundscapes to collisions between art song and popular song. Recent explorations have been into the nostalgic Brazilian modinha, obsessive folksong arrangements, and (on a dare) new songs of love and heartbreak. Musicology doctoral candidate Alexandra Grabarchuk, when not singing in her sumptuous alto voice, chimes in on toy piano, while faculty guitarist Peter Yates plucks, stomps, and croons in accompaniment. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.
Historical Dance in the Rotunda
Admission to the dances is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required; reservation instructions are in each listing. No experience is necessary; each event includes a historical dance workshop. Costumes are optional, but semi-formal or formal attire is encouraged. Information about additional dances sponsored by the UCLA Historical Ballroom Dance Club is available online.
The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $12 (cash only); the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five, and further details are available on the UCLA maps and directions page.
Saturday, May 31
7 - 11 p.m.
Learn English waltzes and set dances from the period 1790-1820. Organized by the Historical Ballroom Dance Club, the guest instructor will be John Hertz from the Friends of English Regency. All UCLA students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public are welcome; no dance experience is necessary, and there will be instruction throughout the evening. Attire can be costume, formal or semi-formal. Admission is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required; make a reservation online or call 310.206.4608 with your name and the number in your party.