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
With a focus on the work of living composers, this new music festival features the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, members of the Volti Ensemble, SO Percussion, the Empyrean Ensemble, soprano Nikki Einfeld, and others.
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.
“Music and Words” Colloquium with presentations by Jon Rossini (Department of Theatre and Dance), Jessie Ann Owens and Henry Spiller (Department of Music), Danielle Heard (Department of English), moderated by Christopher Reynolds (Department of Music).
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
A solo work for live electronics by Bob Ostertag. The first movement of Sooner or Later is built from a recording made in El Salvador during the civil war, of a young boy burying his father. The piece has been described by High Performance Magazine as an “audio microscope” of the words spoken by the boy during this emotional experience.
Pre-concert talk by Carol A. Hess, at 6:15 pm in Jackson Hall.
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia for Eight Amplified Voices and Orchestra
with members of Volti, Robert Geary, artistic director
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti and Cecilia Lam, soprano
Sharmila Guha Lash and Celeste Winant, alto
Jeffrey Wang and Julian Kusnadi, tenor
Jeffrey Bennett and Sidney Chen, bass
With more than 20 musical quotations from well-known classical music works—from Debussy’s La mer to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring—Berio’s Sinfonia is a magnificent work for eight amplified vocal soloists and orchestra. It was premiered by the New York Philharmonic for their 125th anniversary concert in 1970, Leonard Bernstein conducting. Bernstein noted that the work was representative of the new direction classical music was going at that time.
Melinda Wagner: Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion
with Tod Brody, flute
Composer-in-residence Melinda Wagner won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion. The work is similar in structure to Bartók’s concerto for celesta harp and strings, and features virtuosic flute work and equally virtuosic orchestral accompaniment.
Also featured on the program is Deception, by Music and Words Festival composer fellow Ben Goldberg.
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA 95616