The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1959, and has since established itself as a major campus and community arts offering. The UC Davis Symphony has toured California, Canada, and Australia and French Polynesia.In June 2003 the orchestra traveled to France to participate in the Berlioz bicentenary over the course of a series of five concerts.It regularly serves as the pit orchestra for UCD Mainstage productions and appears at major campus events and ceremonies, including Fall Convocation and Commencements.The UC Davis Symphony is a principal resident ensemble at the
The highly distinct piano parts of the Visions likely represent two personifications of Messiaen. After a warning, in the score, that the piece “was conceived and written for two pianos, demanding from these instruments their maximum force and diverse sonorities,” he distinguishes the first piano part as that containing “the rhythmic difficulties, the bunches of chords, everything concerned with velocity, charm, and quality of sound” and the second piano (composed with himself in mind) as entrusted with “the principal melody, the thematic elements, everything demanding emotion and power.” Their strongly characterized roles signify the reconciliation of the modernist intellectual—Yvonne Loriod [for whom the first piano part was written] was essentially the same age as Messiaen’s anti-Romantic students, and played brilliantly, but perhaps less fancifully than he—and the starry-eyed believer. Their layering at times suggests people from two different worlds who cooperate toward a shared aim.
—Michael Seth Orland
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)
Onur Türkmen is a Turkish composer who is known for his innovative use of Turkish music instruments and makams. His recent works also focus on interconnections between poetry, drama and ritual in order to create spiritual transformative environments for performers and audiences. His pieces has been performed by many different ensembles at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Maerz Musik Festival, ISCM, the German Historical Institute International Musicology Congress, MUSMA, Kreuztanbul, Istanbul Music Festival, the Mediterraneus Project, and for China-Turkey Communication Concerts, among others. He is currently working on two new pieces for Klangforum Wien/Hezarfen Ensemble collaboration and a song cycle for violinist/soprano Diamanda La Berge Dramm.
Türkmen contributes to the European Research Center’s five-year project “Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting and Evolving Transcultural Practice” with his compositions, lectures and articles. He is an assistant professor at Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Ankara.
Making the transition to life after college can be a time of uncertainty for many students. Whether you know here you are headed, or you are not sure of your next steps this workshop will provide tools for creating your future. You will learn about campus resources for career and grad school planning as well as developing professionalism and preparing for work life.