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
The highly distinct piano parts of the Visions likely represent two personifications of Messiaen. After a warning, in the score, that the piece “was conceived and written for two pianos, demanding from these instruments their maximum force and diverse sonorities,” he distinguishes the first piano part as that containing “the rhythmic difficulties, the bunches of chords, everything concerned with velocity, charm, and quality of sound” and the second piano (composed with himself in mind) as entrusted with “the principal melody, the thematic elements, everything demanding emotion and power.” Their strongly characterized roles signify the reconciliation of the modernist intellectual—Yvonne Loriod [for whom the first piano part was written] was essentially the same age as Messiaen’s anti-Romantic students, and played brilliantly, but perhaps less fancifully than he—and the starry-eyed believer. Their layering at times suggests people from two different worlds who cooperate toward a shared aim.
—Michael Seth Orland
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)