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World Music Celebration

Friday, May 16, 2014
  7–10 p.m.

Location: University Theatre
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Category: Concert


UPDATED May 15, 2014


10th annual World Music Celebration
Deborah Wong, coordinator
An array of music from around the world and down the street, including the Andes, Japan, Java, India, the Philippines, Spain, Scotland, Cape Breton, Thailand, and the United States. Featured ensembles include:

• UCR Taiko Ensemble:
Japanese drumming by members of the UCR taiko class performing traditional and contemporary works.
Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai, director.

• UCR Gamelan Ensemble:
Contemporary and traditional music of Java performed on a gamelan ensemble which includes large, tuned bronze gongs, metal-keyed instruments, xylophones and drums.
René T.A. Lysloff, director.

• UCR South Asian Music (Tabla) Ensemble
: Tabla are the drums used as timekeepers in many classical, popular and religious South Asian musics.
Abhiman Kaushal, director.

• UCR Rondalla Ensemble
: Instrumental music and songs of the Philippines.
Tagumpay "Pi" de Leon, director.

• UCR Bagpipe Ensemble:
Traditional bagpipe music from the Scottish Highlands.
Ian Whitelaw, director.

• Mayupatapi - UCR Latin American Music Ensemble:
Traditional and popular music of Andean South America.
Jonathan Ritter, director.

• Riverside Bluegrass music ensemble:
A combination of country blues and traditional fiddling developed during the mid-20th century.
Janet Beazeley, director.
This program will highlight the ethnomusicology program in the Department of Music, which has expanded dramatically in the last few years. Prof. René T.A. Lysloff has led the UCR Gamelan Ensemble since 1996 and is a noted specialist in the music and shadow theater of Central Java, Indonesia. Mayupatapi is led by Prof. Jonathan Ritter and features Latin American and Andean musics.

Three other ensembles are led by renowned culture bearers who teach at UCR. Tagumpay "Pi" de Leon directs the UCR Rondalla Ensemble, which performs music from the Philippines. Rondalla is a traditional ensemble of small stringed instruments. It is at once quintessentially Filipino and also an intensely intercultural music, reflecting 500 years of Spanish cultural influence. The UCR Taiko Ensemble is taught and led by Rev. Shuichi Thomas Kurai, already well-known to Riverside audiences for his virtuosic drumming. Tabla master Abhiman Kaushal directs our newest ensemble, the UCR South Asian Music Ensemble. Tabla is a percussion instrument of North India.
The concert will also feature traditional music of the Scottish Highlands performed by Bagpipe Ensemble director Ian Whitelaw - and short sets by ethnomusicology doctoral students, including Josh Brown performing flamenco guitar, Thai classical music by Supeena Insee Adler, Nana Kaneko on Japanese folk music (minyo), and Kate Alexander with a Cape Breton fiddle tune.

This celebration enacts the UC Riverside Department of Music's commitment to education through cross-cultural performance. It will feature over 80 students, some drawn to these musics through heritage and others by curiosity. The end result is an energetic evening of wildly varied sounds, each representing different places and differently-sounded world views.

Admission: $10 General, $8 Students/Seniors, $6 Children

TICKETS: (951) 827-4331
Advance Tickets: available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office,
Monday-Friday 10am-3 pm
Walk-Up Tickets: available one hour before the concert.
Ticketmaster: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000,

Events are subject to change without notice.
No Reserve Seating: Seating in some venues is limited, so arrive early for best seats.
Events begin promptly at the announced curtain time.
Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate pause in the program as designated by the management.
Please order carefully. No exchanges or refunds will be made, except in the event a performance is canceled.
Regardless of age, all patrons must have a ticket. Infants on laps are not permitted.

Parking: $5 in Lot 6 (No fee with UC permit)

Open to: General Public
Admission: Entry Charge: $10 General, $8 Students/Seniors, $6 Children
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245