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“A Rediscovered Symphony Radiates Cosmic Grandeur”
New York Times

UC Davis alumnus Luciano Chessa (PhD 2004) recently conducted the Mannes Orchestra of the New School in a never-before-heard edition of a symphony written by a modern master composer Julius Eastman. Eastman died in 1990 in relative obscurity as he had spent his remaining years in intermittent periods of homelessness, with many of his belongings—including his scores—lost.

Announcement

Music Alum Featured in UC Davis First Generation Campaign

UC Davis alum, Kristin Kirk, an undergraduate music composition major who graduated with Honors in 2017, is featured in an ad for the university’s Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services’ #FirstGenUCDavis campaign. The program spotlights students and alumni who are the first in their families to graduate from college.  

Upcoming Events

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Henry Spiller, harp

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

UC Davis Professor of Music Henry Spiller performs works by Sophia Dussek, Marcel Tournier, Ami Ma’ayani, and Lou Harrison.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Ann Lavin, clarinet:
”Music on the Orient Express”

Faculty Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

with John Cozza, piano

“From Paris to Constantinople”—

Debussy: Petite Piece

Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie

Edward Hines: Yeni Makam No. 4 for Clarinet and Percussion with Chris Froh, percussion

Finzi: Five Bagatelles op. 23

 

“From the salons of Budapest and Vienna”—

Leo Weiner: Peregi Verbunk

Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Daedalus Quartet

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D Major

Laurie San Martin: Six Cuts

Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, op. 59, no. 2

Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violins 
Jessica Thompson, viola 
Thomas Kraines, cello

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Daedalus Quartet: Graduate Student Composers

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by graduate student composers of UC Davis—

Addie Camsuzou: Thaw
Daniel Godsil: sans terre
Sarah Wald: Allegro Scherzando
Ryan Suleiman: Thought Bubbles
Jonathan Favero: String Quartet No. 2

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Rhonda Rider, solo cello: Graduate Student Compositions

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by graduate student composers of UC Davis—

Addie Camsuzou: Beautiful Bones
Sam Clark-McHale: untitled IV
Aida Shirazi: latent
Ryan Suleiman: Reverie
Sarah Wald: Declamation

A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over 20 years, Rhonda Rider is now a member of the celebrated piano trio Triple Helix. Ms. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic’s Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe. 

Free, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Rhonda Rider, solo cello
Grand Canyon and
Petrified Forest Projects

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

My [Petrified Forest] project was to ask ten exceptional composers to write short pieces for solo cello inspired by some aspect of the area. The highly versatile sound of the cello is a wonderful medium for this project, singing at times like a human voice and at others like an ancient instrument from another world. —Rhonda Rider

How does one capture the grandeur of the Grand Canyon with one cello?” —Yu-Hui Chang

UC Davis Professor of Music Laurie San Martin: Vast Steppe

UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde: credo petrified

Raven Chacon: Invisible Arc

Eric Moe: Verklaerte Holz

Yu-Hui Chang: Rio del Tizon

Mischa Salkind-Pearl: Pari

Marti Epstein: So Near, So Far

John Kennedy: Even the Stones Breathe

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

EARplay: Music of Anton Arensky
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Rhonda Rider, solo cello

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Founded in 1985 by a consortium of composers and musicians, EARplay is dedicated to the performance of new chamber music. EARplay offers audiences a unique opportunity to hear eloquent, vivid performances of some of today’s finest chamber music. EARplay has performed over 550 works by more than 300 composers in its 33-year history, including 140 world premieres and 80 new works commissioned by the ensemble. Visit the EARplay archives to learn more about EArplay’s rich history.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Valente Lecture:
Inés Thiebaut, composer

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Inés Thiebaut was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State, East Bay. She holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center (New York). Her research interests primarily engage with the music of the twentieth century. Her music is rooted in postmodern tradition and influenced by perceptual art and complexity. Before her move to the East Bay, Inés held a three-year visiting assistant professor position at the University of Utah.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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