A program celebrating the birthday and musical contributions of one of the most celebrated composers of South India, Muthuswamy Dikshitar.
Muthuswamy Dikshitar used the signature “Guruguha” in his compositions and he is one of the most important composers of Carnatic (South Indian) classical music. Guruguha is a Sanskrit compound which translates as the “Teacher who is Guha.” Guha is the name of the deity of secret wisdom, of love and war, known more commonly as Murukan. Dikshitar became “Guruguha” when, after Guha himself is said to have placed a hard candy on Dikshitar’s tongue, he spontaneously burst into song in praise of Guha. The resulting song is set to raga Mayamalvagowla, the first raga that students of Carnatic music learn.
Nathan Hesselink’s research broadly encompasses the topic of rhythmic play and social meaning, firstly in South Korean traditional percussion genres and more recently in British rock music. He received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in Korean studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to visiting posts at the University of Chicago and the Academy of Korean Studies, in 2012 he was Trinity Term Visiting Research Associate, St. John’s College, University of Oxford.
Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis)
Karol Berger (Stanford)
Mark Evan Bonds (UNC Chapel Hill)
David Brodbeck (UC Irvine)
Stephen Hinton (Stanford)
Raymond Knapp (UCLA) Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)
Tony Sheppard (Williams College)
Elaine Sisman (Columbia)
Acclaimed musicologist and pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu was born on November 27, 1966, in Bucharest. She is presently a professor at the Department of Musicology and Education at the National University of Music Bucharest (NUMB), and has been a Permanent Fellow at the New Europe College, Bucharest, since 2010.
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Michael Brofman, piano and artistic director
Miori Sugiyama, piano
A program of post-war art song traditions, including a premiere by faculty composer and professor of music Kurt Rohde, Harrison Birtwistle, and Kaija Saariaho.
Harrison Birtwistle: Songs from the Same Earth (West Coast Premiere)
Kurt Rohde:It wasn’t a dream
UC Davis faculty composer Kurt Rohde’s song cycle It wasn’t a dream, for soprano, tenor, and piano four-hands, is commissioned by the Brooklyn Art Song Society and will also be included in the society’s new music series “New Voices.” The text is a setting of poet Diane Seuss’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist book of poetry Four-Legged Girl
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.