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
Ethnomusicologists have barely addressed sexuality, sexual orientation, erotics, or sex. First, I consider how and why ethnomusicologists routinely address macro-phenomena like nationalism, globalization, ethnicity, and ritual, but not sexuality. Though colonialism had a global impact on attitudes about sexuality, ethnomusicologists have paid little attention to this despite our sustained interest in how colonialism fundamentally changed other social structures and—indeed—structures of feeling. Second, I address how certain ethnographic habits have led us to ignore what we learn about erotics. Our interlocutors may be more apt to musick about erotics (and less apt to talk about them), but the absence of talk becomes the ethnographic truth of the matter. Finally, I argue that ethnomusicological inattention to heteronormativity is a key absence. Our habits of aligning gender with women and sexuality with queerness has led to ethnomusicological silence on how heterosexism is musicked and indeed built into the majority of musics. My essay ends with a manifesto for ethnomusicological erotics.
David Coll’s new work, Construction, is a two-part project that addresses the combination of music and installation art. Through fusion, gyration, alternation, dissolution, Construction is a two-hour event that will open the Music and Words festival. The assembled ensemble consists of artists Adam Carlin and Erich Richter; musicians Kristina Dutton and Teddy Rankin-Parker; and composers David Coll and Aaron Gervais.