UCSB Summer Music Festival 2019

Event Date: 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 9:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Campus

Event Price: 

Seating is first-come, first-served
Reservations are not available

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

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The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music will present the fourth annual UCSB Summer Music Festival on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, 2019 on the UCSB campus. Sponsored by the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions, the festival will feature performances by the Los Angeles-based Isaura String Quartet, violist and UCSB Music alumnus Jonathan Morgan, Adelfos Ensemble, Sahlala Band, UCSB University Carillonist Wesley Arai, dancers from the Santa Barbara community, and UCSB Music graduate students and alumni.
Additional festival highlights include an Interactive Multimedia Exhibition presented by graduate students from the Media Arts and Technology program and the Department of Music, a Children’s Concert featuring the folk music ensemble Kalinka, a concert highlighting plucked string instruments from around the world, and world premiere performances of works by UCSB composers. All events will be presented free of charge at several venues across the UCSB campus including the MultiCultural Center Theater, Storke Tower, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts’ Digital Arts and Humanities Commons, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the Music Department’s Karl Geiringer Hall, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, and Music Bowl.
Sponsored by the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Interactive Multimedia Exhibition
12-7 pm | Digital Arts & Humanities Commons
The World on a String
1 pm | MultiCultural Center Theater
Violist Jonathan Morgan
2:30 pm | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Dance Concert
5:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
Graduate Student & Alumni Showcase
7:30 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Children’s Concert with Kalinka
11 am | Music Bowl
Interactive Multimedia Exhibition
12-7 pm | Digital Arts & Humanities Commons
Carillon Concert
12:30 pm | Storke Plaza
Sahlala Band
1:30 pm | Music Bowl
Adelfos Ensemble
3:30 pm | UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Woman, Arts, Life (concert and discussion)
5:30 pm | Karl Geiringer Hall
Isaura String Quartet
7:30 pm | Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

About the Artists

Isaura String Quartet

The Isaura String Quartet is an LA-based ensemble dedicated to the promotion of contemporary chamber music through live performance, workshops, and collaborative projects with composers and interdisciplinary artists. ISQ has worked with composers including David T. Little, Anne LeBaron, Gloria Coates, Ulrich Krieger, Julia Wolfe, Sean Griffin, and Charles Gaines. Recent projects include John Kennedy's chamber cantata One Body at Boston Court; Machines and Strings, a 2-part concert series curated by ISQ for CalArts and REDCAT; a workshop performance of Artaud in the Black Lodge with Beth Morrison Productions at REDCAT's NOW Festival; the world premiere of Gloria Coates' chamber opera Stolen Identity; a concert of microtonal string quartets for MicroFest LA; and Love, Honor, Obey with Timur and Margaret Cho. ISQ is featured on Refractions, Daniel Corral’s concert-length work for string quartet, processed music box, and guitar, released in 2017 on Populist Records. In addition to ISQ’s work in new music, they are the house band for Emo Nite LA under the alias String String Quartet, and have performed with artists including the All-American Rejects and Demi Lovato. They have also performed and recorded for artists such as Baths, Man Man, Emily Wells, and Jherek Bischoff. The Isaura String Quartet is violinists Emily Call and Madeline Falcone, violist Jonathan Morgan, and cellist Betsy Rettig. Visit IsauraStringQuartet.com to learn more.

Jonathan Morgan

Violist Jonathan Morgan specializes in the music of living composers. He’s a founding member and Executive Director of the Now Hear Ensemble and is the violist of the Isaura String Quartet. Jonathan is on the artist roster of the Aerocade Music label, on which he released a recording of Nick Norton's Elegy II and is donating all proceeds from the recording to the ACLU. Jonathan has given world premiere performances of newly-commissioned music at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Los Angeles City College, and has performed at the NOW Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eureka Musical Minds of California Conference, Synchromy, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and the UCSB Summer Music Festival. Jonathan has performed with the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra and as principal violist of the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, and as soloist with the Choir of St. Barbara Parish. He can be heard on three albums; My Hope is Arisen, Made in California, and The Lament Cycle. Jonathan holds a B.M. from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He served on the viola faculty at CalPoly San Luis Obispo for the 2017-18 academic year and is former faculty of violin, viola, and chamber music at the Preparatory and Continuing Education Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Visit JonathanMorganMusic.com to learn more.

Sahlala Band

The Sahlala Band is a group of world-class artists based in Santa Barbara, who perform urban art music of the Arab world. Led by ethnomusicologist Nicholas Ragheb, the Sahlala Band is dedicated to bringing the treasures of Arab music alive through impassioned performance, and skillful improvisation. The Sahlala Band has performed at local Santa Barbara venues including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Piano Kitchen, and Brasil Arts Café. More recently they curated “Love, Wine, and Immortality,” a multi-media evening of Middle Eastern music, dance, and storytelling at the Fishbon Pescadrome in the Funk Zone. See them on Facebook at facebook.com/thesahlalaband/.

Adelfos Ensemble

The Adelfos Ensemble was founded in 2004 as a men’s a-cappella ensemble and pursued that path until 2010, when it became a mixed voice choral ensemble. Temmo Korisheli took over direction of the group from Dr. Michael Eglin in 2008. The ensemble's goal is to offer the best of a-cappella and other choral music to audiences in the Santa Barbara area through live performances, radio broadcasts, and recordings. The group programs a broad repertoire of music spanning more than a millennium, from ancient chant and Renaissance motets to folksong arrangements and contemporary works. Adelfos Ensemble exists to explore the wide world of choral literature and, as the Santa Barbara News-Press observed, to “move right and left of center in the choral tradition.”

Wesley Arai

Wesley Arai studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received BA degrees in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Music. While earning an MA degree in Mathematics at UCLA, he continued to play the carillon and subsequently passed the advancement examination of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Arai has toured extensively as a guest recitalist throughout the United States and abroad, most recently performing in Australia. He is an annual recitalist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington and has been featured as a recitalist at several Congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, the Berkeley Carillon Festival, and was the dedicatory recitalist for the carillon at the University of Washington. In addition to the carillon, Arai has studied piano, trombone, and voice, and has performed in a number of different concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and choral groups. He enjoys arranging music and occasionally performs some of his own arrangements on the carillon.


Kalinka is a world-folk music ensemble that plays a zesty mix of Jewish Klezmer, Balkan and Eastern European melodies, and Manouche ("Gypsy”) swing. Their performances offer a fun display of multiculturalism, revealing how cultures mix in the melodies of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean world. Kalinka‘s concerts fuse Jewish and Eastern European music traditions, the musical legacy of the Ottoman empire, and Manouche jazz. Kalinka has performed at Santa Barbara K-12 school assemblies, UCSB’s Noon World Music Series, The Live Oak Music Festival, the Skirball Cultural Center, and Westmont College.
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