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Bela Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion grew out the composer's interest in the piano as a percussive rather than a lyrical instrument. Though rarely performed, since it requires the unusual combination of two superb pianists and two virtuoso percussionists, the Sonata is considered one of Bartok's most individualistic and expressive works.

Writer-director Scott Frank, talks to UCSB students about getting the crime drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones" made. Frank's other screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven's Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter and Marley & Me. Frank graduated from UCSB in 1982 with a BA in Film Studies. Since then he has written movies for filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Sidney Pollack, Steven Soderbergh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jodie Foster and Kenneth Brannagh.

The opera "Lilith" by librettist Allan Havis and composer Anthony Davis, which premiered in 2009, is given a fresh interpretation by designer Peter Torpey and director Keturah Stickann in this workshop production of five scenes. "Lilith" explores and celebrates the ageless erotic myth of Lilith, the woman who preceded Eve in the Garden of Eden. The opera, which blends a variety of musical tropes from jazz to classical, reenacts the tale from a twin timeframe of contemporary America and the beginning of Paradise. The opera's directing and design concept relies on windows, mirrors, screens and shadows to reflect the myriad contours of female identity split into two halves. Video and visual projection are essential tools for probing the paradoxes of Lilith's role in contemporary life, and the experimental overtones add to the opera's seductive and eerie impact.
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