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Baroque Orchestras of UC Davis and Davis High School
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Telemann: Overture Burlesque

Handel: Concerto Grosso in F Major, op. 6 no. 2

Pez: Concert Sonata

The relationship between UC Davis’s Barqoue Orchestra and Davis Senior High School provides a yearlong relationship of learning, exploration, and performance of Baroque and early classical orchestral music on instruments of those eras. Phebe Craig, Angelo Moreno (a UC Davis Music Alum), and Michael Sand are their directors.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Hannah Yan, piano
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev, and Schumann.

Free, no tickets necessary (a Junior Recital)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Undergraduate Composers of UC Davis
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by undergraduate composers David Avis, Kristin Kirk, Albert Kolesinski, Sam Grusky, Ray Woffinden, and Steven Zhang, featuring Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, Leighton Fong, cello, and I-Hui Chen, piano. 

Free, no tickets necessary

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Telegraph Quartet
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 1

Free, non-ticketed (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Baroque and Romantic Songs of Spring
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Voice Students of Zoila Muñoz
with Jeremiah Trujillo, piano, and Melita Denny, viola da gamba

Works by Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Schubert, and others.

Free, no tickets necessary

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Ensemble Mise-En (Noon)
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ensemble Mise-En (artists-in-residence) gives first performances of graduate student composers—

Ryan Suleiman: Three Solar Essences

Jonathan Favero: Any Given Evening

Phil Acimovic: In the Process of Forming

Chris Castro: Sing Low

Yu-Hsin Chang: Alpine Wrath

Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Ensemble Mise-En
Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Sergio Cote: Rand (2016, 2017 rev.)

Robert A. Baker: all the lights are gathered in your eyes (2016)

Anna Meadows: Flight (2017)

Frederic Rzewski: Moonrise with Memories (1977)

Amanda Feery: Those So Moral (2016)

Moon Young Ha: (in)stillness (2015)

Ensemble Mise-En is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented young musicians, Mise-en strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the diverse musicians have coalesced around an aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.

Ensemble mise­-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti and others.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults | Open Seating

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: “Heavenly Life”
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Dvořák: Carnival Overture

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904), a successor to the Czech nationalist Bedřich Smetana, popularized the Czech idiom that Smetana had begun to cultivate. Dvořák’s affinity for grand, colorful treatments of folk tunes as well as a profoundly religious outlook on life provided grounding for his own idiosyncratic style. Syncopated, dancelike rhythms, as well as healthy percussive accents and a fiery finale proudly evoke an unforgettable opening for any concert. 

Schumann: Cello Concerto
with Richard Andaya, cello

Robert Schumann stretches the expressive capability of the soloist performer in this piece by demanding the portrayal multitude of contrasting characters. The three attacca (played continuously without pauses in between) movements develop an increasingly complex dialogue between soloist and accompaniment. After the first movement showcases the soloist’s expressive capabilities, the spare and songlike second movement begins, accented by an undercurrent of pizzicato strings, transitioning seamlessly into the gregarious third movement, which most audibly sounds like a dialogue as the orchestral accompaniment makes musical commentary on the soloist’s jovial melodic statements.

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
with Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

The first listening of any of Gustav Mahler’s (1860–1911) symphonies immerses the listener in a complex aural narrative, diligently masterminded by a virtuoso of orchestration and boundary-pushing harmony. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is his shortest and perhaps most joyful, but is not without his epic aesthetic and scale. The finale features a soprano soloist, who sings of an ideal picture of heaven, exuberantly ornamented by the orchestra.

$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Assigned Seating)

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