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Author: Terry Schilling

IVC Music Professor Daniel Luzko: Composing an Unpublished Symphony

We don’t have to look far for ideas about how to be more productive while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Daniel Luzko, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Irvine Community College (IVC), this period at home has presented an unexpected opportunity.

After completing a year on sabbatical leave, Daniel is now putting the finishing touches on his first symphony.

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Dropped Notes, Missed Cues, Lost Steps

Theatre curtains are down.  Dance studios, practice rooms, and classrooms are locked tight.  Faculty members are available only in “virtual” classrooms.  

As someone who appreciates the amazing local talent and wide range of performing arts productions at Irvine colleges and universities, I have been wondering how this new stay-at-home regimen is impacting the academic performing arts community.

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Justus Schlichting: Commissioner of New Music

Two of this year’s Grammy nominations had a local connection.  Nominated songs “Fanm d’Ayiti,” by Nathalie Joachim and “Perpetulum” by composer and pianist, Philip Glass were both commissioned privately by Laguna Beach music benefactors Elizabeth and Justus (Jay) Schlichting.

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Molly Lynch: UCI Dance Department Chair

They say that dance lives only in-the-moment. However, after watching UCI’s Dance Visions 2020 a few weeks ago at the Barclay Theatre and then speaking with Molly Lynch – the artistic director of the program – I’ve learned just how many moments are braided into a single dance performance.

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