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"A Distant Music" Paul Nauert, composer - Friday Night Live Concerts


Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:30pm
Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC)
Presented by: 

Music Department


A concert featuring the premiere performances of Paul Nauert's song cycle "A Distant Music" for tenor, piano, and string quartet and "Pathfinding" for solo B-flat clarinet with guest artist Paul Miller, clarinet. Also on the program: "Suite italienne" by Igor Stravinsky featuring Roy Malan, violin, and Michael McGushin, piano, and Nauert's "Darwin Street" for solo bass clarinet with Paul Miller. 

String Quartet

Roy Malan, violin

Kevin Rogers, violin

Ivo Bokulic, viola

Vanessa Ruotolo, cello


Paul Miller, clarinet

Brian Staufenbiel, tenor

Michael McGushin, piano


Composer Paul Nauert has created a body of work marked by colorful harmonies, fluid rhythms, and qualities of intimacy and abstraction. His compositions have been performed at the BGSU New Music & Art Festival in Ohio, Resonances at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Works and Process at the Guggenheim in New York. His music appears on the CD Night of the Living Composers (New Music Works). Nauert teaches theory and composition at UC Santa Cruz and has held research positions at IRCAM in Paris and Columbia University in New York. He is also known for a series of scholarly articles on issues of harmony and rhythm in contemporary music.

Michael McGushin is a music instructor at Cabrillo College and the coach/accompanist for the UC Santa Cruz Music Department. He is the conductor of the chamber choir Ariose and Cabrillo’s Westside Choir. From 2002-2004 he served as the director of the Full Spectrum Chorus of Santa Cruz and has served as music director for a number of theater and opera productions. As a pianist, Michael is a long-time member of the New Music Works Ensemble for which he also serves as an artistic advisor, and has appeared with many performing groups in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area. He is a featured performer on recordings of chamber music by Paul Bowles, Lou Harrison and Germaine Tailleferre.

Roy Malan’s contribution to Bay Area musical life is unusually wide-ranging. His violin playing represents a distillation of his links to the ‘Golden Age’ of romantic performance practice, combined with a hands-on knowledge of contemporary performance techniques. As concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet, Malan has been heard by thousands for 35 years in the grand ballet solos of every period. As the San Francisco Contemporary Players’ premier violinist for as many years, Malan has performed standard cornerstone as well as hot-off-the-press new music, collaborating with such luminaries as Olivier Messaien, Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez, Lou Harrison, John Adams, and Frank Zappa. He was trained at the Curtis Institute under Efrem Zimbalist and at Juilliard with the 20th-century’s most celebrated star-producer Ivan Galamian. As a teacher, Malan has placed students in most of the Bay Area’s major orchestras and chamber groups. In addition, he directs a summer chamber music festival in Telluride, Colorado and is the author of an acclaimed biography of his teacher Efrem Zimbalist, who bequeathed Malan his favorite concert bows.

Paul Miller is a freelance clarinetist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Following his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego, he joined the US Marine Corps as a bandsman, serving as concertmaster and staff arranger at Marine Band San Diego.  After his honorable discharge in 2008, he moved to San Francisco to pursue graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was a prominently featured soloist at the Conservatory, performing John Adams’ concerto Gnarly Buttons in the BluePrint Festival.  Paul currently plays principal clarinet in Ensemble Parallèle and the After Everything Ensemble, and has recently been performing with the Monterey Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  He studies clarinet with Luis Baez and Carey Bell, and maintains a teaching studio in San Francisco.

$12 general

$10 seniors (62+)

$8 youth & students w/ ID

Prices *include* applicable ticketing service fees.


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