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
A program of American Traditional and Spirituals, as well as James Whitbourn’s Luminosity, written for choir, viola, tanpura, tam-tam, and organ.
Whitbourn’s Luminosity is a multi-media work, commissioned by the conductor James Jordan of Westminster Choir College for the Westminster Williamson Voices, the women of the Westminster Schola Cantorum, the Blair Academy Singers (conducted by William Hammer) and the black-light dance company Archedream, for performance in Philadelphia Cathedral, April, 2008. The text, compiled and edited by the composer, centers on the transcendent beauty of creation expressed by luminaries down the ages. Texts are taken from the writings of St. John, St. Teresa of Avila, Ryonen, St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and St. Isaac of Nineveh.
$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Assigned Seating)
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.