Keys to Transposition teaches a step-by-step, strategic approach built on key and starting from scales, arpeggios and common patterns. It has several “failsafes” to prevent students from going wrong, and each unit includes excerpts from the orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire, starting with passages with no accidentals and few leaps and gradually adding difficulty. Each standard key also includes at least one duet excerpt.
Experiencing Latin American Music draws on human experience as a point of departure for musical understanding. Students explore broad topics—identity, the body, religion, and more—and relate these to Latin American musics while refining their understanding of musical concepts and cultural-historical contexts.
Music, art, design and theatre come together at UC Davis on a single day through exhibitions, performances and events. On Oct. 4, the College of Letters and Science’s arts programs showcase the diversity of the university’s performing and visual arts in a series of free events.
Musicians representing UC Davis faculty, staff and students are participating in a summer chamber music program called CalCap which is being held at California State University, Sacramento. Pete Nowlen, director of UC Davis Concert Bands, is the director of CalCap which runs July 22 to August 3 in two one-week sessions
Among the musicians participating in the workshops are student Oscar Santamaria, bassoonist, who performs with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, and staff member Marjorie Phillips from environmental toxicology who is a flutist.
The Department of Music, UC Davis, announces lecturer Caleb Lewis to direct both the University Chorus and the Chamber Singers beginning fall quarter, 2018. Originally from Rome, Georgia, Lewis moved to Berkeley in 2017, where he worked as a church musician, music teacher, and performer. While in Berkeley, he also worked as assistant conductor of the San Francisco Bach Choir and sang as a regular baritone soloist and chorister with San Francisco Choral Artists.
“It will be an extraordinary journey!” said the ensemble’s director Matilda Hofman. “I believe the ‘St. John Passion’ has not been performed at UC Davis in decades, and the students are all so excited to be part of this great work of art. It is an exciting collaboration between the Early Music Ensemble, the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble as well as members of the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble.”
The UC Davis Green Big Band will perform a jazz rendition of the operetta song “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II from the 1928 operetta “The New Moon” in a modern arrangement by Manricks. Also on the list are “Jazz Police” by Gordon Goodwin, written around 2003, and “Groove Merchant” by Jerome Richardson, written in the late 1960s and arranged by Thad Jones.
Pianist Richard Glazier, an expert in the music of George Gerswhin (and his era) who has performed Rhapsody in Blue nationally and internationally, will appear with the Concert Bands of UC Davis on Friday, June 1, for a performance of a band-and-piano version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center, under the direction of faculty member Pete Nowlen.
Rimsky-Korsakov is widely considered to have been a master of orchestration, and “Scheherezade” contains what many regard to be the most striking and vivid musical depiction of a storm at sea in all of the orchestral repertoire.
This year’s “Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis” showcases the work and research of graduate students across seven disciplines — art studio, design, art history, music, theatre, creative writing and French — at the Manetti Shrem Museum.
Music’s Sam Clark-McHale, Jonathan Favero, Ryan Suleiman and Sarah Wald will be featured in this interdisciplinary show.
New compositions by UC Davis Associate Professor of Music and composer Kurt Rohde and graduate student Addie Camsuzou recently premiered in the Bay area. Writer Jessica Balik for San Francisco Classical Voice caught a performance and wrote favorably of the new works.
Rohde composed music for “Three Scented Candles” with text by Scott Hunter and ’s texts, while Camsuzou created music for “Opens Lark in its Constellation” with text by Luke Munson.
ABS Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas earned star status with his peerless work on the podium. The suites (like other Baroque works) can turn busy and dutiful when they’re played too much for speed and showiness.
Writing It wasn’t a dream made Rohde realize that a similar collaborative project would likely be fruitful for graduate students in both departments. On Saturday, the musicians presented two new works from this project.
Local philanthropist and lover of music Grace Noda (née Imamoto) died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, surrounded by family and music. She was 98 years old. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness to others.