What is a “salon?” Want to find the weak spots in your jury piece? Trying out a new interpretation? This is an opportunity for music majors to perform and to receive feedback in an informal setting. Once a quarter the music department will host a performance workshop, or salon.
Eligibility: Declared music majors currently taking lessons, and in the performance track will receive first priority. Second priority will go to all other declared music majors currently enrolled in lessons.
When: The three salons will be held on October 27th, February 23rd, or May 18th. An accompanist will be provided.
Music composition doctoral candidate Daniel Godsil has been awarded the 2017 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition. His Aeropittura for flute, viola, cello, and piano, will be performed by the Earplay chamber ensemble in March in San Francisco.
We are pleased to announce that the Sacramento Business Journal named the Ann E. Pitzer Center a Best Real Estate Project of 2017. We are grateful and proud of the work LPAS Architecture + Design and Kitchell have done to bring this building to life. The students and community of UC Davis love using this great space.
The year 2017 marks the eightieth birthday of marimba virtuoso, pioneer, and pedagogue Keiko Abe. As the most influential Japanese performer and most prolific composer and commissioner of works for solo marimba in history, Professor Abe’s work over the past sixty years has been largely responsible for the recognition of marimba as a concert instrument.
In celebration Professor Abe’s chief proponent in Japan, Mayumi Hama will present a program of the most significant works of the Japanese marimba repertoire. From bedrock compositions commissioned by Professor Abe like Akira Miyoshi’sTorse III to Abe’s own critically renowned works Dream of the Cherry Blossoms and The Wave, Hama will introduce audiences to the sound of the marimba played at the highest possible level.
The gently sorrowful melodies of Sospiri wield the subtle and soul-crushing power of a sigh.
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy’s symphonic poem is orchestrated as verdantly as a lush forest. “The afternoon of a faun” portrays a mythical journey filled with beauty, but not without hints of peril peeking through the pines.
Vaughan Williams:Flos Campi
with Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and the University Chorus
Harnessing the combined power of orchestra and wordless choir, Flos Campi summons the sublime and terrifying power of love in this six-movement suite.
A gorgeous idyll with a somewhat contentious musical history. It was removed from his Symphony No. 1, but has earned a place of its own in its repertoire.
Respighi:Pini di Roma
A thrilling and complex verdant journey through four movements. Respighi’s extravagant instrumentation lives up to his grand ambitions.
Bill Doggett is an independent scholar, a historian, archivist and lecturer who specializes in African American performing arts history. His study of the significance of the San Francisco Bay Area to the development of the careers of African American concert and opera singers, 1925–2005, was published in the journal of The San Francisco History Museum, The Argonaut (2015).