Ariel Quartet Beethoven Cycle ArtPower Exclusive Video Release

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.

In honor of Beethoven’s sestercentennial in 2020, the Ariel Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven Cycle. This ArtPower exclusive video release includes six of the 16 Beethoven string quartets. The presentation of the complete Beethoven cycle concludes in 2021–22 season with a live performance by Ariel Quartet.

Video Release Schedule

Videos will be released at 10 am the day of the event and available for viewing for a week.

April 17: Quartet in A major, op. 18, no. 5 Buy Tickets >
April 24: Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, “Razumovsky” Buy Tickets >
May 1: Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, op. 133 (original ending with Große Fuge, op.133) Buy Tickets >
May 8: Quartet in D major, op. 18, no. 3 Buy Tickets >
May 15: Quartet in F major, op. 59, no. 1, “Razumovsky” Buy Tickets >
May 22: Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131 Buy Tickets >

Get access to all six videos and save $10 > 

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SuperPOWERED pricing is listed for all our virtual events. It’s the the average price you would’ve paid to see the event live. Thank you for being our superhero!

Ariel Quartet Beethoven Cycle ArtPower Exclusive Video Release

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.

In honor of Beethoven’s sestercentennial in 2020, the Ariel Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven Cycle. This ArtPower exclusive video release includes six of the 16 Beethoven string quartets. The presentation of the complete Beethoven cycle concludes in 2021–22 season with a live performance by Ariel Quartet.

Video Release Schedule

Videos will be released at 10 am the day of the event and available for viewing for a week.

April 17: Quartet in A major, op. 18, no. 5 Buy Tickets >
April 24: Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, “Razumovsky” Buy Tickets >
May 1: Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, op. 133 (original ending with Große Fuge, op.133) Buy Tickets >
May 8: Quartet in D major, op. 18, no. 3 Buy Tickets >
May 15: Quartet in F major, op. 59, no. 1, “Razumovsky” Buy Tickets >
May 22: Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131 Buy Tickets >

Get access to all six videos and save $10 > 

SuperPOWERED Pricing

SuperPOWERED pricing is listed for all our virtual events. It’s the the average price you would’ve paid to see the event live. Thank you for being our superhero!

Premiere: c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group

Dancer Rand Zeid Taha and choreographer Elad Schechter of c.a.t.a.m.o.n. Dance Group collaborate on a performance across borders. Performed live on stage in Jerusalem where both were born, Premiere “looks for a moment when everything will freeze and it will finally become possible to breathe.” The pair seek out how dance can become an international language which can bridge cultural differences and be used as a tangible tool for social change, particularly between their two religions.

After the performance stay for a conversation with the dancer and choreographer live from Jerusalem.

Elad Schechter is a Jerusalem native dancer and choreographer and a graduate of the High School for the Arts in Jerusalem. He served in the IDF Theatre Department and danced in many professional companies before founding the c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group in Jerusalem in 2021. He also founded the annual ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ Festival in Jerusalem’s famous Machne Yehuda Market.

Rand Zeid Taha is a Palestinian Dancer from Jerusalem. She graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. A member of the Academy’s Ensemble and its excellence performance program, Taha won 3rd place her senior year in the annual ‘Gertrude Strauss Choreography Competition’. She was also awarded the Henny Jurriens Summer Intensive Scholarship in Amsterdam. Taha is performing with c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group and took part in the CINARS Biennale 2018, in Montreal.

This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University, and sponsored by the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative and UC Berkeley.

A Handful of Earth, Handful of Sky – The World of Octavio E. Butler (conversation with Author Lynell George)

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler​ offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. Written by award-winning author Lynell George, this book was drawn from her time researching the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library as the recipie​nt of the library’s ​Alan Jutzi Fellowship.​ ​A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky​ draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. More than a biography, ​A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky​ is a collection of ideas about how a writer looks, listens, and breathes—how to ​be​ in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch—bit by bit by bit. ​A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky​ draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.

Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

UC San Diego is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Charan Singh (India/UK), and George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.

Ephrat Asherie: UnderScored (work in progress)

In UnderScored, Ephrat Asherie and her company of dancers explore the forms of club dancing that arose in New York during the 1970s and 1980s as part of the house music scene. The work explores the almost utopian panracial/pansexual scene at the Paradise Garage and other popular venues in the midst of the HIV crisis, which heavily affected the LGBT community and and communities of color. The work will feature testimonials and performances from survivors of the original scene.

The work is commissioned by ArtPower at UC San Diego along with the Guggenheim Museum, the Momentary at Crystal Bridges, and the Yard. The complete work will be performed as part of ArtPower’s 2021–22 season.

Corey Harris & Cedric Watson
True Blues

Featuring two of the most vivid voices in “modern-Delta” (Rolling Stone) blues—Corey Harris and Cedric Watson—team up for this special show. Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, along with Cedric Watson one of Louisiana’s foremost purveyors of Creole music and culture. True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation.  A True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music.

Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, and MacArthur fellow Corey Harris has carved out his own in blues. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L.Burnside, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Wilco, among others, and was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese 2003 film, Feel Like Going Home, which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. Harris shares the stage with one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson—a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.

Dom Flemons | The American Songster

GRAMMY award winner, two-time Emmy nominee,  and cofounder of GRAMMY award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops—Dom Flemons has been branded the moniker “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is an American old-time music, Piedmont blues, and neotraditional country multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones, Flemons is a true modern Songster, engaging audiences from the green Carolinas to the ruddy Southwest with personalized interpretations of folk, blues, early jazz and rock, country, and original material.

ArtTalk with Ariel Quartet
Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th

Join members of Ariel String Quartet in conversation as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.The quartet will share stories of how they approach the composer’s music and why it is still as vital today as it was two centuries ago.

Dahlak Brathwaite
Adapting History

Adapting History is an oral telling of American music through history and American history through music. From gospel to blues, jazz to R&B, America has produced some of the most innovative music of the 20th century. Although the songs are easy on the ears, their inception occurred in cultural climates that were often discordant. In Adapting History, musical artist Dahlak uses spoken word poetry to narrate the complex history of our nation. His musical chronicle shows that despite conflict and misunderstanding, we can still be brilliantly creative.

Adapting History was created in collaboration with and commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center’s Education Department, OneBeat via the U.S. State Department, ArtPower at UC San Diego, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.