UCR Dance and Music: Master Class with acclaimed Composer Jeff Beal

Departments of Dance and Music present:
Master Class with acclaimed Composer Jeff Beal
Coordinated by Ian Dicke,  Ximena Garnica, Dana Kaufman, and Jeff Zahos

February 21, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Free and open to the campus.

Composer Jeff Beal will work directly with UCR composers in a special master class, which will include detailed discussions on instrumental writing, aesthetics, and working with visual media. Beal will share insights about the music for Frantic Beauty, a dance-theater performance created in collaboration with the New York-based artist duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya featuring their LEIMAY Ensemble.

Frantic Beauty will have two performances of February 20th and 21st at 7:30 pm in the Performance Lab, ARTS 166. Performances are open to the public. For more details and to purchase tickets please visit Frantic Beauty.


Jeff Beal is a composer with a genre-defying musical fluidity. His film scores have received critical acclaim, while he remains a respected composer in the concert, theater, and dance worlds. Beal’s evocative score and theme for the Netflix drama House of Cards received four Emmy Award nominations and recently won for outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen nominations and four statues.  Other lauded series include HBO’s Carnivale and Rome. Film scores feature the documentaries Blackfish and Queen of Versailles and dramas Pollock and Appaloosa. Beal’s orchestral works have been performed by the St. Louis, Rochester, Pacific, Munich, and Detroit symphony orchestras. Commissions include works for the Metropole Orchestra, The Ying Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Henry Mancini Institute, Prism Brass Quintet, Smuin Ballet, and Grammy winner Jason Vieaux.  His first choral commission, The Salvage Men, was written for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Eric Whitacre Singers. Music for theater includes 2015 the World Science Festival production Light Falls.

Photo credit: Jonas Hidalgo


Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya with the LEIMAY Ensemble are in residence in the UCR Department of Dance, January through March 2019.

There will be multiple opportunities to engage through embodied dialogue with the artists while they are in residency. Click here for a full listing of activities open to the UCR campus.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts, Dance, Film & Screenings, Theatre & Plays, Lectures & Presentations, Workshops


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and open to the campus

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