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.
The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Alumni Choir, and the community-based Davis Chorale will be featured together in a concert on Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Mondavi Center, which will include a performance of the Symphony No. 9 of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as shorter works by Beethoven and W.A. Mozart. It will be a big event, with nearly 200 singers and a large orchestra on stage.
Can you spare an hour at lunchtime on Thursdays? If so, you may be interested in joining the growing audience for the UC Davis music department’s Shinkoskey Noon Recitals. Did we mention that the concerts are free, and unticketed?
Attendance at the concerts, formerly held in an austere lecture hall in the Music Building, has blossomed over the past year or so as the location shifted to the more inviting Mondavi Center. (The transfer was prompted due to noise at the Music Building, stemming from the construction of the adjacent Pitzer Center).
Back in 2007, when Blue Heron, the virtuosic and intrepid early-music chorus, put on its first Christmas concert, it was stocked with esoteric fare: 15th-century English carols, Burgundian part songs, even a few motets from Cyprus. Most of it was stuff that few if any listeners would’ve heard previously, an unusual gambit for a season in which we prize the well-known, the comfortable.
Music faculty members and husband and wife Sam Nichols and Laurie San Martin have known cellist David Russell for 20 years and they’ve been writing music for him nearly that long.
Nichols’ newest piece for Russell, “This Is Not a Toy For a Child,” will have its first performance by the UC Davis Symphony and Russell on Nov. 21. The concert is at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis.
Russell, Nichols and San Martin met while they were students at Brandeis University in the 1990s. They each have written three pieces for Russell, who is a lecturer in music at Wellesley College.
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