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
San Francisco born cellist Gérard LeClerc has had a successful career in Europe, after studying with French cellist Pierre Fournier. His recordings range from Brahms sonatas to Alan Ridout cello concertos, and more.
Jason McGuire (“El Rubio”), guitar and director
Marlon Aldona, drums and cajon
Pal Martin Sounder, bass
Terceto Kali—a trio of world-renowned musicians—seamlessly blend flamenco, Latin, and jazz music. Led by the virtuosic and award-winning flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire (“El Rubio”), these three musicians have been igniting audiences since their 2014 debut, and were recently nominated for a prestigious Bay Area Izzie Award for Best Ensemble and Best Company. Terceto Kali’s music is fueled by El Rubio’s inspirational and dazzling compositions and are heard in both jazz clubs and concert halls—maintaining the essence and improvisational quality of both a flamenco or a jazz group.
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)
This workshop will provide strategies for researching and discovering careers related to your career aspirations, including key areas and job titles for each major in the Arts Group. Learn about major related internships and where alumni are now. Majors include: Art Studio, Art History, Cinema & Digital Media, Design, Film Studies, Music, Technocultural Studies, and Theatre & Dance.
***This workshop will count toward the mandatory requirement for seniors.***
Samba School UC Davis will perform excerpts celebrating Parent and Family Weekend, which is a chance for alumni to rediscover UC Davis and for parents to get a glimpse at their child’s college experience. Families can spend time together at a host of scheduled events and enjoy the hospitality of the Aggie community.
Modeled after the famous baterias of Rio de Janeiro’s renowned samba schools, the UC Davis Samba School performs high-energy music of Brazil’s Carnaval for audiences throughout Northern California. The group was formed in 2004 and has since become a vibrant force in campus life, performing at festivals, fundraisers and community events across the region. A contingent of 25 drummers muscle through traditional material taken from Rio’s major samba schools as well as original music created by the group.
David Sanford credits a variety of influences with igniting his musicianship. “I started on trombone when I was about ten and liked big band music early. I wanted to be a jazz musician. Charles Mingus inspired me to be a composer later on.” Sanford was also influenced by rhythm and blues/funk groups like Parliament, the Isley Brothers, and Sly and the Family Stone and, later, by orchestral and more mainstream popular music. After completing undergraduate music studies at the University of Northern Colorado, he earned a master’s degree in theory and composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University.
Sanford has won many awards and honors, including a BMI Student Composer Award, a Koussevitzky Commission and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Recently, Sanford won the Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship, allowing him to stay at the American Academy in Rome for 11 months with a group of 25 to 30 scholars in other areas of the humanities. One of the referees for his work wrote: “David Sanford is the real thing, a composer in the American tradition of brash, open-eared exploration: no material is too exalted or too debased for him to transform into his living art.”
Sanford’s works have been performed by the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Chicago Symphony Chamber Players, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem Festival Orchestra, cellist Matt Haimovitz, the Corvini e Iodice Roma Jazz Ensemble, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis, Mount Holyoke faculty members Linda Laderach, Adrianne Greenbaum and Larry Schipull, and dozens of other groups and performers. In addition, he has conducted performances of his own works at Monadnock Music, New England Conservatory, the Knitting Factory, and the Five Colleges New Music Festival, and leads his own big band, the Pittsburgh Collective.