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David Coll: “Construction”
Nelson Gallery, Della Davidson Dance Studio, and Courtyard (in Nelson Hall)

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.

Nelson Hall, Davis, CA
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Sō Percussion: Music and Words Noon Concert
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood

Sō Percussion Members: sept/life is blank

John Cage: Story from Living Room Music

Free, non-ticketed

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
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Empyrean Ensemble:
Music and Words

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre,
Mondavi Center

Melinda Wagner: Four Settings for Soprano and Ensemble
   with Nikki Einfeld, soprano
   based on texts by Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov,
   and Robert Desnos.

Melinda Wagner: Noggin for Solo Piano
   with Michael Seth Orland, piano

Tomás Gueglio: Knowledgeable Viuda

Chrissy Seunghee Lee: Bon III, for Flute, Viola, Cello, and Percussion

Dan VanHassel: fzzl for Solo Snare Drum and Electronics
   with Megan Shieh, percussion

$8 Students & Children, $20 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
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Colloquium: “Music and Words”
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

“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).

Free, non-ticketed

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
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Sō Percussion: Music and Words
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Jason Treuting: Selections from Amid the Noise
   june
   september
   extremes
   fire escapes
   life is blank

Selections from Where (we) Live [Composed by Sō Percussion members]
   this place the place
   5 rooms
   (toothbrush)
   Room and Boardlight piece

Steve Mackey: It Is Time

If you think about it, drums are the new violins.”

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
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Sooner or Later
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre,
Mondavi Center

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. 

Free, ticketed; limit 4 per household | Classical Cabaret Seating

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616
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UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:
Music and Words

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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
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Sō Percussion: Steve Reich’s “Drumming”
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Sō Percussion—along with guest percussionists of UC Davis and Megan Shieh—will perform Steve Reich’s Drumming. Tod Brody, piccolo, and Alice Del Simone, soprano, will also be featured.

$11 Children (under 18) & UC Davis Students (Under 18), $32 Adults | Classical Cabaret Seating (a Mondavi Center Visions Series performance)

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, 95616

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