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“Singing with your pants on fire: musical lies in a post-truth world”
Room 203, Music Building

Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice.

Free, a Valente Lecture

Music Building, Davis, CA
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Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Anna Presler, violin
Leighton Fong, cello

J.S. Bach: Andante from Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in A Minor

Sam Nichols: ghost walk echo drone song switch

Laurie San Martin: Vast Steppe 

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello

Founded in 1992, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. By embracing both musics, we enrich the audience’s experience — we reawaken a feeling of immediacy in performances of familiar masterpieces and we reveal the powerful expressive intentions in the music of our time. The ensemble’s fourteen musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, percussion, voice, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire.

The group has commissioned over 100 new works, sponsors an annual composition contest that draws over 150 applicants each year, and carries on a tradition of performing the very best that the composers of today (whether established or emerging) have to offer. Left Coast’s five annual subscription concerts are offered in Berkeley and San Francisco.

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Debussy Curiosities
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Debussy: En blanc et noir
Michael Seth Orland and Marilyn Swan, piano

Arthur Hartmann: Three Debussy Transcriptions
Dan Flanagan, violin, with Michael Seth Orland, piano

Debussy: La plus que lente
Stacey Pelinka, flute
​Laurie San Martin, clarinet
Jay Stebley, cembalom
Michael Seth Orland, piano
Dan Flanagan, Jolán Friedhoff, and Dagenais Smiley, violin
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Susan Lamb Cook, cello
Tom Derthick, double bass
D. Kern Holoman, conducting

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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“Music in Israel: Forty years of shifting boundaries, connections, and possibilities”
Room 266, Everson Hall

When we speak of music in Israel what are we talking about? How ought we to study it? Reflecting on decades of observation and participation in various aspects of musical life in Israel, Brinner will trace the trajectories of a variety of groups and individuals, and the types of music and musical activities in which they have participated, to sketch the boundaries they have encountered and constructed as well as the connections and bridges they have built within and across those boundaries.

Benjamin Brinner, professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Music, is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Javanese gamelan. He has been playing gamelan since 1977, has studied and conducted research in Java on several occasions, and is the author of Knowing Music, Making Music: Javanese Gamelan and the Theory of Musical Competence and Interaction (University of Chicago Press, 1995), the textbook Music in Central Java (Oxford University Press, 2007), which includes audio examples recorded under Midiyanto’s direction in Java, and Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is currently completing a book on Javanese musicians’ expert memory for music. 

Free, a Valente Lecture (co-sponsored with Jewish Studies, UC Davis)

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
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What Can I Do With This Major?

Location: Art Annex 107

This workshop will provide strategies for researching and discovering careers related to your career aspirations, including key areas and job titles for each major in the Arts Group. Learn about major related internships and where alumni are now. Majors include: Art Studio, Art History, Cinema & Digital Media, Design, Film Studies, Music, Technocultural Studies, and Theatre & Dance. Registration is not required

***This workshop will count toward the mandatory requirement for seniors.***

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Classical Chinese Music: Guqin, Erhu, Guzheng
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Hailing from a long line of Chinese scholars, David Wong is a lifelong student of traditional Chinese arts. He has studied guquin (a seven-string zither), guzheng (Chinese table harp), pipa (Chinese lute), traditional Chinese painting, and tea culture under masters in the United States and China. His interests also led him to graduate studies both here and abroad, researching and absorbing the depths of his Chinese heritage.

Growing up in Southern California, Alan Yip studied guqin, erhu (two-string fiddle), and traditional Chinese painting under several masters in the United States and China. His interests in orchids and plants also led him to graduate studies, earning a master’s degree in horticulture and agronomy from the University of California, Davis. Yip actively teaches and performs at schools and community culture centers throughout California and has been invited to perform in numerous concerts in the US, China, and Malaysia. Currently, he is Program Director at Tranquil Resonance Studio in San Francisco.

Bonnie Lee started taking piano lessons at the age of five and continued her musical training with guzheng and guqin later in life. A multidisciplinary scholar, she has devoted herself to various aspects of traditional Chinese culture, including literature, tea, art, and music, studying with masters both in the US and abroad. As a member of the Qin Sheng Ensemble, formed in 2009, along with David Wong and Winnie Wong, Lee delights audiences with her musical performances in the United States and China. Currently, she is Artistic Director at Tranquil Resonance Studio in San Francisco.

Free, but tickets are required

Cosponsored by the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, as well as the Department of Music.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Empyrean Ensemble: “Spectral Music”
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

There will be a pre-concert talk at 6:00 pm with selected composers and Mika Pelo, Empyrean’s director as well as a faculty composer.

Grisey: Anubis-Nous
   Michael Hernandez, solo bass saxophone

Debussy: Cloches à travers les feuilles
   Michael Seth Orland, solo piano

Murail: Feuilles à travers les cloches
   Joanna Martin, flute | Hrabba Atladottir, violin | Michael Graham, cello
   Michael Seth Orland, piano

Grisey: Stele for Two Bass Drums
   Chris Froh

Vivier: Paramaribo
   Joanna Martin, flute | Hrabba Atladottir, violin | Michael Graham, cello
   Michael Seth Orland, piano

Bolaños: Tessellations
   Joanna Martin, flute | Hrabba Atladottir, violin | Michael Graham, cello
   Michael Seth Orland, piano

Spectral music—by composers that include Tristan Murial, Peter Eötvös, and others—heavily involves computer-aided manipulation and mathematical generation of music. Spectralism developed in the 1970s, in large part because of the Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustic Music (IRCAM) in Paris, the Ensemble L’Itinéraire.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Michael Sand, baroque violin, with Phebe Craig, harpsichord
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

J.S. Bach: Partita for Solo Violin in D Minor, BWV 1004

J.S. Bach: Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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