The relationship between UC Davis’s Barqoue Orchestra and Davis Senior High School provides a yearlong relationship of learning, exploration, and performance of Baroque and early classical orchestral music on instruments of those eras. Phebe Craig, Angelo Moreno (a UC Davis Music Alum), and Michael Sand are their directors.
Works by undergraduate composers David Avis, Kristin Kirk, Albert Kolesinski, Sam Grusky, Ray Woffinden, and Steven Zhang, featuring Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, Leighton Fong, cello, and I-Hui Chen, piano.
Robert A. Baker: all the lights are gathered in your eyes (2016)
Anna Meadows: Flight (2017)
Frederic Rzewski: Moonrise with Memories (1977)
Amanda Feery: Those So Moral (2016)
Moon Young Ha: (in)stillness (2015)
Ensemble Mise-En is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented young musicians, Mise-en strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the diverse musicians have coalesced around an aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.
Ensemble mise-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti and others.
Aida Shirazi: A Traipse on Ice
a UC Davis graduate student in music composition
John Liberatore: Nemo Sleeps
Nicholas Vines: Selections from Indie Ditties
Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen for Piano and Tape
Dedicated to the belief that a performer find their unique sound, whatever the instrument or medium, American pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a diverse career as soloist and collaborator, comfortable with music ranging from standard repertoire to electroacoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others. McCullough has worked closely with composers George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Miłosz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable, and in January of 2013 was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano.
A UC Davis music alumnus Uwate went on to first earn a master’s of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and then a doctor of musical arts from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She teaches on the faculty of the University of Oregon, Eugene, where she has founded the Delgani String Quartet. Kimberlee performs nearly sixty concerts each year in a variety of capacities. Kimberlee’s orchestral experiences notably include concerts with the Festival Orchestra of the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo, and at Carnegie Hall with members of the New York Philharmonic in a special benefit performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony.
Free, no tickets necessary (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)
The Korean Percussion Ensemble explores the genres of samulnori and p’ungmul. Korean samulnori features the dynamic interplay of four percussion instruments known as changgo (hourglass drum), puk (barrel drum) ching (large gong), and kkwaenggwari (small gong). Samulnori draws its roots and rhythms from a much older musical tradition known as p’ungmul, which was associated with village rituals and agrarian life in Korea for many centuries. Much like Japanese taiko, Korean samulnori is now performed all around the world by professional and amateur ensembles.