The year 2017 marks the eightieth birthday of marimba virtuoso, pioneer, and pedagogue Keiko Abe. As the most influential Japanese performer and most prolific composer and commissioner of works for solo marimba in history, Professor Abe’s work over the past sixty years has been largely responsible for the recognition of marimba as a concert instrument.
In celebration Professor Abe’s chief proponent in Japan, Mayumi Hama will present a program of the most significant works of the Japanese marimba repertoire. From bedrock compositions commissioned by Professor Abe like Akira Miyoshi’sTorse III to Abe’s own critically renowned works Dream of the Cherry Blossoms and The Wave, Hama will introduce audiences to the sound of the marimba played at the highest possible level.
The gently sorrowful melodies of Sospiri wield the subtle and soul-crushing power of a sigh.
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy’s symphonic poem is orchestrated as verdantly as a lush forest. “The afternoon of a faun” portrays a mythical journey filled with beauty, but not without hints of peril peeking through the pines.
Vaughan Williams:Flos Campi
with Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and the University Chorus
Harnessing the combined power of orchestra and wordless choir, Flos Campi summons the sublime and terrifying power of love in this six-movement suite.
A gorgeous idyll with a somewhat contentious musical history. It was removed from his Symphony No. 1, but has earned a place of its own in its repertoire.
Respighi:Pini di Roma
A thrilling and complex verdant journey through four movements. Respighi’s extravagant instrumentation lives up to his grand ambitions.
Bill Doggett is an independent scholar, a historian, archivist and lecturer who specializes in African American performing arts history. His study of the significance of the San Francisco Bay Area to the development of the careers of African American concert and opera singers, 1925–2005, was published in the journal of The San Francisco History Museum, The Argonaut (2015).
Liisa Davíla, soprano | Kevin Doherty, baritone
Jeremiah Trujillo, piano
Berlioz: Two songs from Les nuits d’été, op. 7
Liszt:Oh! quand je dors, S. 282
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Dédé: Selections from Morgiane
A free-born native of New Orleans, Edmond Dédé (1827–1901) spent over four decades conducting orchestras in Bordeaux, France. His recently found but never-performed opera, Morgiane (1888), is the earliest full-length opera by an African American composer. UC Davis Professor of History Sally McKee, author of The Exile’s Song: Edmond Dédéand the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World (Yale University Press, 2017) will offer some remarks on the work’s significance.
An internship is a great opportunity to learn about career opportunities and develop work skills. Internships offer an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, and define career paths. This workshop will provide ideas of how to find internships, and you will learn of internship opportunities for majors in the Arts Group. Registration is not required.
***This workshop will count toward the mandatory requirement for seniors.***
Jerusalem based artist, Victoria Hanna, is a world-renowned composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi, she has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. In her work, she deploys a variety of vocal techniques in the performance of ancient and modern Hebrew texts, among them Sefer Yetzirah (“Book of Creation”), an early Kabbalistic treatise.
One of Bach’s earliest surviving sacred cantatas, Aus der Tieffen (Out of the deep I call, Lord, to you) is set to Luther’s translation of Psalm 130. The same text has been used in many other musical settings, including the De profundis section of many requiem masses, perhaps suggesting it was composed for a somber occasion. The cantata also features the hopeful chorale “Herr Jesu Christ.”
American music; three composers across three generations, all still alive! Genres range from opera to songs to intimate chamber music.
Derek Keller:California Tableaux, Act I
A thought-provoking opera that deals with the complexity of California’s multicultural history. The piece questions what it means to be a citizen of the US; who’s in and who’s out, and perhaps even what it means to be “American.”
Also on the program is a piece by San Francisco composer Mark Winges, and a duo by Karl Kohn, who was born in Vienna but emigrated to the US in 1939, an eminence of Californian music life who turned 90 last year.
Featuring the Roseville Community Band under the direction of UC Davis alumnus Stephanie Sugano, who recently was named Best Teacher in the Placer County chapter of the California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA).
Roseville Community Band
Victor Herbert (and others): Safety Last!
An abbreviated live-music performance accompanying the 1923 comic silent film starring Harold Lloyd
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and throughout her life.