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“UC Davis jazz ensembles to perform classics and new works”
May 22, 2018 (Davis Enterprise)

The UC Davis Green Big Band will perform a jazz rendition of the operetta song  “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II from the 1928 operetta “The New Moon” in a modern arrangement by Manricks. Also on the list are “Jazz Police” by Gordon Goodwin, written around 2003, and “Groove Merchant” by Jerome Richardson, written in the late 1960s and arranged by Thad Jones.

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“UCD Concert Bands to perform music by Gerswhin, Vaughan WIlliam, Eylar”
May 22, 2018 (Davis Enterprise)

Pianist Richard Glazier, an expert in the music of George Gerswhin (and his era) who has performed Rhapsody in Blue nationally and internationally, will appear with the Concert Bands of UC Davis on Friday, June 1, for a performance of a band-and-piano version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center, under the direction of faculty member Pete Nowlen.

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“UC Davis Symphony to perform showpiece ‘Scheherezade’”
May 22, 2018 (Davis Enterprise)

Rimsky-Korsakov is widely considered to have been a master of orchestration, and “Scheherezade” contains what many regard to be the most striking and vivid musical depiction of a storm at sea in all of the orchestral repertoire.

Upcoming Events

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“Beethoven Revisited”
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Igor Veligan, violin | Susan Lamb Cook, cello
Gayle Blankenburg, piano

Beethoven: Variations on a theme from Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major (“Archduke”)

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Percussion Students of Chris Froh: Compositions by UC Davis Students
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by UC Davis graduate students— 

Ryan Suleiman: Two Pieces in Variable Order

Phil Acimovic: Water Wheel Machine

Jonathan Favero: E Pluribus Unum

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz Combos of UC Davis
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Jacám Manricks, director

The Jazz Combos of UC Davis return to the Shinkoskey Noon Concert series for a swinging afternoon of great music–but at a special time 2 p.m.

Featuring music from the jazz cannon, the concert includes performances of “Kit and Caboodle Blues” and “It All Begins with You” by Martine Tabilio, “Grown Folks” by Snarky Puppy, “New Afro Cuban” and “Shufflin” by Jacam Manricks and “Blindman” by Herbie Hancock. The performance also features ”Georgia” by Ray Charles, “This Here” by Bobby Timmons and “Recordema” by Joe Henderson–all arranged by Manricks.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz Bands of UC Davis
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Jacám Manricks, director

The Jazz Bands of UC Davis take the stage at the Pitzer Center stage for vibrant spring concert. The UC Davis Green Big Band performs “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II, arranged by Jacam Manricks, “Jazz Police” by Gordon Goodwin and “Groove Merchant” by Jerome Richardson, arranged by Thad Jones. The UC Davis Blue Big Band’s program includes “This Here” by Bobby Timmons, arranged by Manricks, “Fun-Key Blues” by Manricks, “Wave” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by John LaBarbera and “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock.

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Concert Bands of UC Davis: Rhapsody in Blue
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Pete Nowlen, director

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
with Richard Glazier, piano

Ira Gershwin invited Richard Glazier at age 12 to meet him in Beverly Hills. During their visit, Ira asked Glazier to play a Gershwin tune on the piano that once belonged to his brother, legendary composer George Gershwin. Fueled by Ira’s encouragement and interest, Glazier dedicated himself to the Gershwin repertoire and the American Popular Songbook, eventually becoming one of the genre’s leading authorities. Over the years he has also developed a keen interest in contemporary music standards from the Broadway stage and the Hollywood screen.

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
with the Camerata California Chamber Choir

Leo Eylar: Orpheus and the Maenads: The Last Dance
World Premiere for Concert Band

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

Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: “Scheherazade”
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade 
with Devon Bradshaw, violin

Mozart: “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide
with Mira Huang, soprano
Co-Winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition

Mozart: Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
with Claire (Ruicong) Zheng, piano
Co-Winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition

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

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Bach’s “St. John Passion”
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kyle Stegall, tenor (evangelist)
Elizabeth Nitzan, soprano
Michelle Lajeunesse, alto
Michael Jankoskey, tenor
Daniel Yoder, bass (Pontius Pilate)

Matilda Hofman, conductor

Early Music and Baroque Ensembles of UC Davis with guests—

Glenda Bates and Lot Demeyer, oboe
Thomas Hill, bassoon | Farley Pearce, violone

Although originally performed in a church setting during Easter celebrations, Bach’s Passions are almost operatic in nature. The Easter story is dramatically presented using the Gospel of St. John (rather than, say, Matthew), by featuring a chorus (which play the role of the crowd, soldiers, or disciples), as well as singers that play the roles of Evangelist (narrator), Jesus, Peter, a maid and servant.

It is the Passions of J. S. Bach—not the Toccata in D Minor or Brandenburg Concertos—that were vital to bringing Bach to modern audiences. Had Mendelssohn not performed in the St. Matthew Passion in 1829, it is possible Bach would not be a household name as it is today. Both the St. John and St. Matthew Passions are exemplary of Bach’s best work, from stunning chorales to virtuosic instrumental work.

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Chamber Ensembles
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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