Music professor Kurt Rohde’s “Power Is Everywhere” songs will have its world premiere in San Francisco May 30. Rohde’s songs are a kind of companion piece to Maurice Ravel’s Chansons madécasses that will also be part of the “Francophilia” concert by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
Rohde’s music in “Power is Everywhere” is set to the writings of Michel Foucault, the 20th century philosopher and literary critic.
“I find the writings and lectures of this groundbreaking thinker to be direct, anything but simple, and yet always so clear,” said Rohde. “The singer is the observer, actor and deliverer of the message; she is not there to simply sing the text – she is there to instigate the way the music unfolds.”
He calls it a “a surreal singspiel” influenced by opera, song cycles and theater.
The concert, which will also be performed in Berkeley June 1, will also include works by Debussy, Massenet and Rorem. Nikki Edenfield will be the singer.
Rhode, a violist who is a member of Left Coast, recently completed works for the Lyris Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet and eighth blackbird. His opera, “Death with Interruptions,” premiered in March 2015, will be performed at UC Davis Nov. 11 and 12.
UC Davis cello student Angelica Rojas won the Senior Division in the local California Music Educators Association competition. Angelica will perform in the Sacramento Section’s Winners Recital in the fall, will be given a cash award, and will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in the fall of 2018. Also, UC Davis alumnus Stephanie Sugano won best teacher in the Placer County chapter of the CMEA.
Grace and Grant Noda, long-time supporters of the UC Davis Department of Music and the original donors for creation of the Ann E. Pitzer Center, will be honored at a noon concert and reception May 25.
The long-time Davis residents made the initial $1.5 million donation that eventually led to construction of the Pitzer Center which houses a recital hall and music department facilities. The lobby of the center is named for them.
Philip Acimovic, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition, has received a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018.
Acimovic’s dissertation analyzes three musical works from different eras that challenge established musical conventions of clarity, intent and perception: “Musical Offering” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1747), “Holiday Symphony” by Charles Ives (1913) and “Melodien” by György Ligeti (1971).
Audio engineer Steve Bingen for the UC Davis Department of Music has been profiled by Jeff Hudson of the Davis Enterprise. Read Hudson’s article that takes you behind the scenes prior to and during a concert and the ability to watch a Pitzer Center performance on your computer.
Graduate student Sarah Messbauer has been awarded the coveted President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for academic year 2017–18. In addition to a stipend, Messbauer has been invited to attend the prestigious Annual Meeting of President’s Predoctoral Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows sponsored by the UC Office of the President.
Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology Hannah Adamy was awarded the Charlotte Frisbee Student Paper Prize. Adamy’s paper, “Sounding Absence: Tanya Tagaq’s Theoretical Intervention at Polaris,” has been awarded this prize. The prize recognizes the most distinguished student paper in ethnomusicology of Indigenous music research presented at the SEM annual meeting. The prize comes with an award of $100.
Kurt Rohde has received a two-year appointment (2017-2019) as a curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
In this capacity, each curator is encouraged to realize their own vision, and to encourage artists to do the same. As a group, their responsibility is to make the best possible use of the Center’s resources to create concerts and special events that embody the values of diversity, inclusion, and excellence.
Fawzi Haimor, an alumnus of UC Davis and the Indiana School of Music has been named the music director of the Württembergische Philharmonic in the town of Reutlingen, just south of Stuttgart, Germany.
Fawzi Haimor has been named music director of the Württembergische Philharmonie after a unanimous vote by the musicians. He was selected from 18 auditioning candidates. Local media have introduced him as ‘an American of Arab roots’ (“Amerikaner mit arabischen Wurzeln”).
The Society for Ethnomusicology has awarded the 2016 Bruno Nettl prize to Henry Spiller for his recent book, Javaphilia. The prize, awarded annually and comes with a $500 award, recognizes ”an outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined, or with the general character, problems, and methods of ethnomusicology.”
UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus D. Kern Holoman returns to the classroom this fall to teach his Music 10: Introduction to Musical Literature. And now it will be offered in the recital hall of the soon-to-open Ann E. Pitzer Center.
A momentous performance of “Carmina Burana” featuring the UC Davis University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Boychoir conducted by music MFA student Garrett Rigsby received outstanding praise in the Sacramento Press.
Jonathan Favero (Ph.D. student in composition) was recently selected to be part of the inaugural Mellon Public Scholars Cohort at UC Davis for 2015-16 . The ten members of the cohort represent eight different departments and programs, and their interests address issues and problems in history, education, incarceration, gentrification, and citizenship.
Serena Yang (Ph.D. student in musicology) was awarded the Nippon Foundation Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. The fellowship will allow Serena to pursue language study at the prestigious Inter-University Center for Japanese language studies in Yokohama and join a cohort of Nippon research fellows.
The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform a program titled “Parisian Russians” on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Featured will be works by three composers — Igor Stravinsky, Serge Koussevitzky and Sergei Prokofiev — who were all born in czarist Russia in the late 1800s. They all departed Russia due to the social turbulence that accompanied the Russian Revolution of 1917, lived in Paris for a time during the years between the world wars and then settled (for at least a while) in the United States.
On Saturday, April 30, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director and conductor Christian Baldini, will close its 53rd season with a concert titled “Magnificent Spirit” at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center.