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.
UCLA Early Music Ensemble
Saturday, March 8
Under the direction of Alexandra Grabarchuk, this quarter's concert will feature Eastern European early repertoire ranging from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries, including choral and instrumental works from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Cyprus, Russia, and Ukraine. Composers featured will include Dmitry Bortniansky, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Marcin Mielczewski, Waclaw z Szamotul, and Adam Jarzebski. Reservations are not required.
Alexander Lloyd Blake and Han Na Jang, Conductors
Saturday, April 5
Friday, April 11
Friday, April 18
Comprised of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduate students and alums, the Royce Quartet includes Myroslava Khomik, Leila Nassar-Fredell on violins, Alison Spieth on viola, and Sean Fischer on cello. Winners of Frances Walton Competition and the San Diego Chamber Music Competition, they will perform Prokofiev String Quartet no. 2, Haydn String Quartet Op. 76, no. 4, and an additional piece.
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.
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.
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.