Works for chamber orchestra written by Revision/s Festival composer fellows Jenny Beck and Lily Chen, and UC Davis graduate students Phil Acimovic and Chris Castro.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s residency activities are supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The symphony continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education and community activities.
A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas.
Works written by “Revision/s” Composer Fellows Oren Boneh and Natalie Draper.
The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking, eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven extraordinary core players—the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, Empyrean has premiered more than 200 works and performed throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series.
Travis Andrews, electric guitar
Andy Meyerson, percussion
Works written by “Revision/s” Festival Composer Fellows Christine Burke and Laura Schwartz.
The San Francisco-based ensemble uses the traditions of classical and experimental music as tools to allow artists of all disciplines to create their most ambitious works and respond to the world in which they live. Memorizing every work it performs, The Living Earth Show thrives on pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility in its presentation of commissioned electro-acoustic chamber music.
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Quartet No. 9 (“Last Ground”)
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5
Water courses through this program, in turn symbolizing life, death, flowing motion, peaceful repose and raging violence. Five unique compositional voices guide us on a visionary journey from the fragmentary, lost idylls of Thomas Adès, to the pulsing waves of Philip Glass.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, UC Davis will show West Side Story in an ideal setting: the recital hall at the Ann E. Pitzer Center, which features phenomenal acoustics and comfortable seating.
Music was a force of understanding and co-operation between different faiths and ideologies in the courts of two politically astute sixteenth century rulers—Emperor Akbar 1st of India and Elizabeth 1st of England—rulers both known for their use of tolerance as a force to strengthen and build their respective countries into leading forces on an increasingly connected world stage.
Thomas Christensen’s scholarly research centers on the history of music theory. Fundamental to his work has been a desire to situate the many intellectual frames, arguments and linguistic models used by writers in the early modern period deeply within cultural discourses. Hence, as one example, Christensen’s 1993 monograph on Jean-Philippe Rameau attempts to analyze his music theory as a complex response to both the empirical as well as synthetic values of Enlightenment science.
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.