Richard Cionco and the UC Davis University Chorus will be featured in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy — a work dating from 1808. The 18-minute piece include some musical material that would later appear (in different and grander form) in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 1824.
The American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress are pleased to present a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the division’s collections. Open to the public, the series is held in the Library’s famed Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building. It is the same room that Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring premiered in, with Martha Graham.
Stepans grew up in northern part of East Bay — specifically the Kensington/El Cerrito/Albany area. “I have played horn since the fourth grade, but have only really started practicing it in the last four years,” he said. “Before that, I played football and wrestled in high school so there was no time to play horn in between sports and school.”
The second half of the program will feature Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”) as arranged by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn. Mahler composed “Das Lied von der Erde” between 1907 and 1909, after a trio of personal disasters overtook him (the death of his eldest daughter from scarlet fever and diphtheria, his forced resignation from the Vienna Court Opera, and the diagnosis of a fatal heart condition). He described this as his most personal work, but he did not live long enough to hear it performed.
I originally came in as a double math and music major, but I realized that with the way each degree is structured, it would be difficult to finish both within four years. One of my professors, Dr. Kern Holoman, showed such passion and expertise in a beginning music history course that I realized I wanted to be a music major.
“It is scored for an extremely unusual orchestra: quintuple woodwinds (including a heckelphone, similar to a bass oboe), eight horns, six trumpets, five trombones (including a contrabass trombone, that we are borrowing from the San Francisco Symphony), two tubas, celesta, two harps and 14 percussionists — including a siren — plus orchestral strings.”
Those attending the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago could visit a faux Javanese village, sample tea and coffee from the Indonesian island, and hear music of the gamelan, a large percussion ensemble.
Exposure to this exotic culture produced a “javaphilia” – a fascination for the music and dance of Java. That long-lasting allure, and how the music had been transformed, could be seen nearly 100 years later at the 1986 First International Gamelan Festival at Expo ’86 in Toronto.
The Empyrean Ensemble — the professional group at UC Davis dedicated to performing new music — will give a concert titled “Young and Restless” at 7 pm, Sunday, April 26, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at UC Davis.
Henry Spiller — a member of the music department faculty at UC Davis for 10 years — has a new book out, detailing “American love affairs with Javanese music and dance” through the stories of four North American artists.
Spiller and the UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble will be performing music that goes with the book’s theme on Friday as part of the “Musics of the World” concert in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.
The study of ethnomusicology shows that music is more than just organized sound. By digging into the roots of various music styles, ethnomusicology uncovers social and historical meanings unique to its cultural context.
To support our campus’ own ethnomusicology program, the music department is putting on Musics of the World Ensembles of UC Davis, a showcase featuring four of the university’s world music groups. The performance will take place on Fri., April 24, at the Mondavi Center.
“We’re excited to get back to work,” said Larry Gardner, president of American Federation of Musicians Local 12, which represents the orchestra members. “Here, you’ve gone from no momentum to something. That’s good for us, and it’s good for the community.”
Friday, April 10, 2015, at 10:15 and 11:35 am, at the Community Center Theater, Sacramento. Sacramento Philharmonic musicians perform with soprano Carrie Hennessey and Sacramento-area elementary school students—part of the Link Up program sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
Two UC Davis ethnomusicology grad students—Gillian Irwin (first year) and Sarah Messbauer (ABD)—share this year’s Marnie Dilling Prize, presented by the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology for the best graduate student presentations at its annual chapter meeting, which was held on February 28, 2015, at UC Berkeley.