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The Empyrean Ensemble — the professional “new music” group at UC Davis — opens its season on Sunday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring edgy new works in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. There will also be a free concert featuring excerpts from the program at noon on Thursday (Nov. 5).
The concert is titled “Newly Written, Here and There,” and the concert will feature six recent works by composers living in different parts of the United States. On the program:
The UC Davis Early Music Ensemble will present its fall-quarter concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. A donation of $20 general or $10 for students is suggested at the door.
A well-known jazz musician and professor at the University of California at Davis visited American River College on Thursday to discuss how students could succeed in the music industry in his lecture during a jazz clinic.
Jacam Manricks said that being a successful musician is more than just playing music. Manricks urged the students to not only think about the artistic side of music, but the business aspects of the industry as well.
Two classic works of chamber music by Johannes Brahms — the Piano Trio in C Major, and the String Sextet in G Major — will be featured in a free noon concert on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center.
With 10 days to fill, Sacramento State’s Festival of New American Music (www.csus.edu/music/fenam) has a lineup Nov. 6-15 to please all music lovers with a variety of forms and artists, and even includes a couple of former members of the Grateful Dead.
FeNAM’s featured composer is Kurt Rohde, who will present a keynote address at noon, Friday, Nov. 13. A recipient of the Rome Prize, Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rohde also is a founder of and performs with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen will visit the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, for a free concert. It will feature a piece titled “Manzi,” with music by Davis composer Pablo Ortiz performed by Kartunnen on solo cello. A dance video with choreography by Diana Theocharidis — featuring dancers Romina Pedroli and Aníbal Jiménez, recorded by videographer Jean-Baptiste Barrière — will accompany the music.
The Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Christian Baldini, will perform in Sacramento at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
Returning by popular demand will be soprano Carrie Hennessey, singing arias from “Don Giovanni” and “Le nozze di Figaro” by Mozart and “Don Carlos” by Verdi. Opening the program will be “Midsommarvaka” (Swedish Rhapsody No. 1) by Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960). Concluding will be the moody Symphony No. 4 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento will highlight the double bass — an instrument that often plays a background role in classical music — as the group hosts bassist Thomas Derthick at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis.
Derthick is principal bass of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Ballet and Sacramento Choral Society. He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and has recorded and toured with the Empyrean Ensemble of UC Davis.
On Friday, UC Davis offered a tour of the still-under-construction Ann E. Pitzer Center to donors and music lovers Grace Noda, third from right, Grant Noda, center back, Malcolm MacKenzie, far right, and Natalie MacKenzie, second from right, who were early supporters of the project. The 17,500-square-foot building will include a 399-seat recital hall, which will double as a lecture hall. There also will be a lobby for receptions, book or CD signings, etc., several much-needed practice rooms, storage space for instruments, office space and more.
Michael Accinno, Ph.D. candidate in musicology at UC Davis, is one of the contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, a newly released collection of peer reviewed essays published by Oxford University Press. His essay “Disabled Union Veterans and the Performance of Martial Begging” documents the lives of disabled military veterans who performed as organ grinders in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War.
The Design Museum at UC Davis is hosting “Rattled,” an exhibition of more than 100 baby rattles (many of them historic) from the collection of Lu and Maynard Lyndon, the founders and owners of Placewares+LyndonDesign in Gualala, on the coast in Mendocino County.
“That the overtures are as much of a pleasure to listen to as the arias is thanks to the exceptional qualities of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) under conductor Christian Baldini—never rushing, usually finding the perfect tempo in common with his and Robin Ticciati’s predecessor in perfect SCO Mozart, Sir Charles Mackerras.”
From their annual summer festival to their subscription series of concerts, American Bach Soloists has made an impact on the early vocal music scene in the Bay Area. So it’s no surprise the group won this category with 51.21% of the vote, followed by Schola Cantorum (31.76%) and the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (17.03%) — also fantastic choral performers.
Just because a group invokes Bach in its very name doesn’t mean there isn’t room for it to explore the music of other composers. The American Bach Soloists proved the point on Thursday with a grand, and even grandiose, account of a little-known operatic gem of the French Baroque, Marin Marais’ 1709 opus Sémélé….
This sparkling recording features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Christian Baldini conducting a personal selection of arias from six of Mozart’s well-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures. The soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier prize, is the featured soprano and she brings character and depth of understanding to her performance.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic environment at UC Davis through active engagement with faculty and fellow students, along with excellent academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in the music major.
Jessica M. Gutierrez is the first music and Native American studies major to receive a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research since it was established in 1994.
Each year up to two graduating seniors who have completed outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity tied to any academic subject while at UC Davis are awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.