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
Over the last several years I have composed cross-cultural works for Western and traditional Asian instruments, collaborating with various musicians, dancers and filmmakers in Asia, USA and Europe. The idea of ‘living composition’ is to explore solutions to problems of cross-cultural esthetics and musical elements, as well as to redefine the role of the modern composer in the multicultural society of the twenty-first century.
In this presentation, I discuss postwar Japanese diva Misora Hibari (1937–89) and her voice and image as public positioning, addressing issues of modernity framed within that mediated space. I ask, what did this version of modernity sound like? What did it represent? How did Hibari help define the era for which she was mourned? How did the very transgressiveness of the era— embodied and sounded through Hibari—characterize the modernity of which it was a part? Indeed, Hibari was not only the Queen of Enka, but also, I argue, the Queen of Tears, setting her divahood in motion directly through the range of emotions spectacularized on stage.