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Rising Stars of Opera
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellows
Mark Morash, director and pianist

Tickets are free, but limited to 4 per household.
Exact seat locations can be requested, but cannot be promised.

Please call the Mondavi Center ticket office at (530) 754-2787 to request tickets.

Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
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Readings from Clara and Robert Schumann’s Diary
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Donna Apidone (classical host at Capital Public Radio) will read from the diaries exchanged between Robert and Clara Schumann.

Free, no tickets necessary

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Music of Clara and Robert Schumann
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Clara Schumann: Allegro moderato from Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, op. 47
   Sarah Plum, violin
   Lynne Cassandra Richburg, viola
   Susan Lamb Cook, cello
   Gayle Blankenburg, piano

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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What’s Next?
Life After Graduation

Location: Art 125

Making the transition to life after college can be a time of uncertainty for many students. Whether you know here you are headed, or you are not sure of your next steps this workshop will provide tools for creating your future. You will learn about campus resources for career and grad school planning as well as developing professionalism and preparing for work life.

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Michael Seth Orland and Jacqueline Chew, piano
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Olivier Messiaen: “Visions de l’Amen (1943)

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)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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“The Notion of Relativity and Interspace in Composition”
Room 266, Everson Hall

Onur Türkmen is a Turkish composer who is known for his innovative use of Turkish music instruments and makams. His recent works also focus on interconnections between poetry, drama and ritual in order to create spiritual transformative environments for performers and audiences. His pieces has been performed by many different ensembles at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Maerz Musik Festival, ISCM, the German Historical Institute International Musicology Congress, MUSMA, Kreuztanbul, Istanbul Music Festival, the Mediterraneus Project, and for China-Turkey Communication Concerts, among others. He is currently working on two new pieces for Klangforum Wien/Hezarfen Ensemble collaboration and a song cycle for violinist/soprano Diamanda La Berge Dramm. 

Türkmen contributes to the European Research Center’s five-year project “Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting and Evolving Transcultural Practice” with his compositions, lectures and articles. He is an assistant professor at Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Ankara.

Free, a Valente Lecture

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
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Mozart’s Gran Partita
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Free, No Tickets Necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Music Sustainability: An Exploration of Challenges in Lombok, Indonesia
Room 266, Everson Hall

Valente Lecture by Professor David Harnish

When the issue of music sustainability arises – a notion within applied ethnomusicology that views music culture as an ecological system – concerns are that “traditional” musics in developing nations are endangered; that globalization has decreased local musical diversity; that local cultures are overwhelmed by hegemonic forces; and, that local musics then change, homogenize, or hybridize in the drive for modernization. Since the middle of the 20th century, developing nations have struggled to maintain traditional arts as global capitalism, often parallel with political pressures, opened new markets and goods and influences spread worldwide. The “traditional” arts then are sometimes no longer perceived to fit with the resulting more cosmopolitan population.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA

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