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.
Four faculty members from the University of California, Davis have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences including Christopher A. Reynolds, professor of music. They are among 213 scientists, artists, writers and leaders in business, politics and philanthropy to be selected this year.
Music professor Laurie San Martin has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for San Martin, who has taught at UC Davis since 2001, to do research and compose works for the San Francisco vocal ensemble Volti and New York’s Cygnus Ensemble.
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Audiences can try an afternoon of Javanese-style music and storytelling at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, as Javanese-born musician and storyteller Midiyanto performs with the Bay Area-based ensemble Gamelan Sari Raras in a program titled Wayang Kulit.
Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream byUC Davis Music Professor Carol A. Hess (Oxford University Press, 2013) was referenced by William Robin in a feature profiling composer Alberto Ginastera for The New York Times. The extensive article, “Protecting Alberto Ginastera From Oblivion,“ celebrates the late composer’s centennial and his place in Latin American composition.