Monday, December 22, 2014


Our granddaughter helped us decorate the TREE 
Our granddaughter, who flew from the Bay area,
attended the Rossini's opera and loved it !!

This time of the year when we reflect on how fortunate we are to celebrate Hope, Peace, Love, Wonder, and our newly found MUSIC GROUP with friends and families.

My warmest wishes to all of you !!
To our friendship and music !!

We enjoyed Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia Metropolitan Opera (HD) at the UCLA's James Bridges Theater (Sunday at 2 PM, December 21st 2014).

I am posting several photos from last night's performance. We had several distinguished "guests" including our granddaughter Katarina, several husbands, and many UCLA FWC members -- I hope will join our Music Section.

From left: Zorana, Tom & Jarka Wilcox, Mireya, Gerry and Joy Frank, Rochelle
Peter and Dagmar Lestrel, (please fill in), and Joanna Woods-Marsden
Prof. Milos Ercegovac is moving UCLA forward through his leadership,
research, and teaching. Here he is at the UCLA's F.D. Murphy Sculpture Garden
just before the Rossini's opera. He also photographed the music group below.

Here's to the Music Section! At the performance, there were also
Feli Halma, Roma King, Rita Carranza, and others, but were not captured in our photoshoot

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Our second MUSIC SECTION gathering of the UCLA's Faculty Women's Club was held November 19, 2014. We first watched Michael Tilson Thomas' The American Sound which pondered questions such as "Why does it sound American," and "What are the elements that have characteristically participated in the formation of American Sound." We heard excerpts from jazz, American folk music, Jewish and Russian traditions, the music of Mexico, and the hot beats from the streets of Brooklyn. MTT took us to Aaron Copland himself, his residence, his own words about Chavez, Graham, Bernstein.
Thomas conducting SF Symphony
Madonna, teaching us bolero dance and sevillanas
In the context of Spanish inspired rhythms, arias, and dances, please join us at the UCLA's James Bridges Theater for The Metropolitan Opera (MetOperaHD), Sunday December 21st at 2 PM. We will be enjoying Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Zorana with Roma, an amazing friend and author

FWC Music Section members: Noel and Madona 
Here are a few more photos from yesterday's gathering: getting ready for bolero
Jarka, our hostess, is apparently ready

Amelita, Mireya, and Rochelle

Zorana, Music Section chair

Joy with Helen and Rochelle

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Arlene, the flamenco dancer
and choreograph

Shirley, the co-hostess and singer
Carol Betti

Music Section has been founded as a part of the UCLA Faculty Women's Club special interest groups. Our first meeting was October 15th 2014 -- well attended, high in enthusiasm, and with lots of fresh ideas. We started off dancing, socializing, planning the events, toasting :-) For (music) current calendar of events at UCLA, please check HAPPENINGS as well as the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music -- visit their Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology departments. 
Our next Music Section Meeting is Wednesday, November 19, 1-3 PM. We will be exploring the American Sound with Michael Tilson Thomas (watch video "Music and Emotion Through the Time").

Copland's work was inspired by the streets of Brooklyn, by jazz, Jewish and Russian music, Yiddish music, blues, American folk music, latin rhythms, and more. We might try to sing "Long time ago," or "By the river," both arranged by A. C. Madonna and Arlene are preparing us gently to the Spanish dance and music (e.g., the bolero, the fandango, the sevillanas). How about The Nutcracker and the Spanish Dance (from Act II) -- all that coming NOVEMBER 19th 1-3 pm.  
Jarka dancing to Hungarian and Slavonic dances
(by J. Brahms; A. Dvorak) 
Rochelle, UCLA FWC President '14-'15

Madonna, our dance guru
Shirley, our enthusiastic singer
Zorana with Madonna
Mireya: great ideas, helpful comments

Monday, April 21, 2014

Introducing a new Section of the UCLA's Faculty Women Club

Music in Cultural Contexts is our newly created Section within the UCLA FWC

Igor Stravinsky -- FIREBIRD
Description of the NEWLY ADDED MUSIC Section
Dates: We will be meeting on 3rd Wednesday, starting October 15th 2014, 1-3 pm.
Chair: Zorana Ercegovac

As a group, we will attend the most relevant events at UCLA including those at the Schoenberg Hall (, the Center for the Art of Performances (CAP at, The Music Series at the Hammer Museum (, and among my favorites is UCLA’s own Spring Festival of World Music and JAZZ. It features performances of the African American Ensemble and music of Mexico. 

In addition, The Music Section will be also attending The Metropolitan opera in HD (MetOpera in HD) at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. Check the events periodically to reserve the best group seats in the theater. Just outside of the UCLA campus, check the following programs at:
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in Beverly Hills, for plays, dance, music, and other programs. 
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and the Getty Center in Brentwood and in Malibu.
The Ebell Los Angeles is another elegant venue in the mid Wilshire district featuring great performances. Check their calendar regularly. Performances are sold out fast!

These are just some of the few examples of a variety of music genres, periods, and styles we will be listening, learning, discussing, and reflecting on the interdisciplinary nature that combines the arts and literature, with soirees and social events. Performing (playing and singing) may also be a part of this Section, resulting in an annual event of each term. All UCLA FWC members are welcome including husbands and partners. 


The Hammer Museum : A fusion of senses: Poetry, music, dance and visual arts in Paris 1880-1914, co-presented with the Department of French and Francophone Studies and the UCLA Department of Music. You will experience pieces by Debussy, Saint-Saens, Satie, Boulanger, and more.  
View the video on TEA and MORPHINE, 1880-1914 in Paris.

Ready to dance in your seat? 
Check out this amazing Clayton Cameron's session: 

With Special Honor and Distinction:
Schoenberg Hall, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) proudly inscribes into the ASCAP JAZZ WALL OF FAME

KENNY BURRELL, presented and moderated by Jim Steinblatt. 
I was privileged, along with our own Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, who had invited Kenny Burrell to join the African American Studies at UCLA in the seventies, to hear Kenny talk about his amazing career as a performer, composer, jazz educator, "the primary source," and hear him play for us a rendition of single petal rose! What an honor to be there, to listen to the man, and to chat with him.

Kenny Burrell (4/24/14) at UCLA

Kenny Burrell: ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame

Terry Richter, soprano and Gregory Sliskovich, tenor, both of UCLA performed a duet
in Handel's Oratorio L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Il Moderato (composed in the winter of 1739 in London).

Paul Floyd accompanies the duet: Terry and Gregory, UCLA FWC, April 22, 2014

Alexys, Danielle, Terrence, Gregory, Terri, and Paul Floyd

Zorana with UCLA performers in Handel's Oratorio

See the UCLA Faculty Women's Club blog for the events, programs, and sections. 

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