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.
A free concert featuring music by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis — perhaps best known in this country for his music for the films “Zorba the Greek” (1964), “Z” (1969) and “Serpico” (1973) — will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Pitzer Center on the UC Davis campus.
A distinctive series of events featuring collaborative efforts between a number of UC Davis composers, as well as writers and musicians from UC Davis and elsewhere, will take place during May. Included will be recent works by UC Davis faculty composer and violist Kurt Rohde; poet Diane Seuss, visiting from Michigan…”
Fries and Sulieman are one of six duos from the College of Letters and Science music and English departments that have collaborated on works for voice, piano and some electronics. The pieces will be premiered by the Brooklyn Art Song Society at the “Creative Writing” concert May 10.
The [violin] concerto is known for its mix of Hungarian folk melodies, Bulgarian dance rhythms, modern microtonality and references to Medieval and Renaissance music — including the composer’s use of scordatura (an alternate tuning of the violin that was used by Baroque composer H.I.F. Biber in some of his violin sonatas).
UC Davis graduate student Josiah Catalan won first place in the 2017 NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA) Composition Competition for his piece titled Wanderlust, written for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.
Laurie San Martin, professor of music, will receive the Andrew Imbrie Award in music given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. San Martin is among the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000.