The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered approximately 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.
Garden Songs for Soprano and String Trio
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Garden Songs was premiered at the Longy School of Music at Bard College as a Terezín Music Foundation Commission written for Dawn Upshaw; the text is by Louise Glück.
Milonguitas for Bass Clarinet
New Workfor Fortepiano
Eric Zivian, fortepiano
The music of UC Davis faculty composer and Professor of Music Pablo Ortiz includes works for voice that are delicately energetic and set to reflective texts.
$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults | Open Seating
—Tickets will go on sale August 15th. A list of ticket policies is available.
Contact Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office for ticketing information. You may visit www.mondaviarts.org, call (530) 754-2787, or visit the ticket office in person Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Discounts are available for faculty, staff, and active service members in the armed forces.
New compositions by graduate student composers, who include—
Alex Van Gils
$10 Students and Children, Adults $20 | (Open Seating)
Matilda Hofman, whose conducting has been described as having “a striking sense of purpose” and “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate) has a busy and varied performance schedule. She works regularly with a wide range of groups in Europe, and in California, which she has made her home. Matilda has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Holland Festival and Ruhrtriennale among others.