A native of Barcelona, Spain, Isaac grew up in a family of musicians starting his music studies at an early age. As a young pianist and cellist he won several regional competitions and appeared as a soloist with chamber orchestras. He then decided to focus his studies on piano and went on to broader competitions, and was awarded first prize in the International Competition “Ciutat de Carlet” (València, Spain). After high school he moved to the United States to study at Indiana University with pianists Edward Auer and Émile Naoumoff. Currently at the University of Southern California he is pursuing a doctoral degree in piano performance under with Antoinette Perry..
Isaac has performed in venues such as the Mondavi Center for the Arts (Davis, CA) and Palau de la Música de Barcelona, and has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA) and the UC Davis Symphony. He has given solo and chamber recitals in the West Coast, from Portland to Los Angeles and is often invited to perform in Spain. He has also played two benefit concerts for Oxfam-Intermon and has recorded live for the Catalan radio station Catalunya Música. In teaching, his goal is to motivate students to be passionate about music and become creative musicians.
Liisa Davíla, soprano | Kevin Doherty, baritone
Jeremiah Trujillo, piano
Berlioz: Two songs from Les nuits d’été, op. 7
Liszt:Oh! quand je dors, S. 282
Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Dédé: Selections from Morgiane
A free-born native of New Orleans, Edmond Dédé (1827–1901) spent over four decades conducting orchestras in Bordeaux, France. His recently-found but never-performed opera, Morgiane (1888), is the earliest full-length opera by an African American composer. UC Davis Professor of History Sally McKee, author of The Exile’s Song: Edmond Dédéand the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World (Yale UP, 2017) will offer some remarks on the work’s significance.
Ngudi Raras hails from Central Java, Indonesia, and is led by the renowned drummer Wakidi Dwidjomartono. Wakidi is a native of Surakarta and has garnered a reputation as one of the most masterful and experienced living musicians, having performed extensively for dance, shadow puppet plays, and klenèngan. The group consists of several musicians who currently teach at the performing arts school in Surakarta.
In klenèngan, the setlist is not planned beforehand; the bowed fiddle (rebab) player signals each piece by its introductory phrase; the musicians must recognize this to know which piece is being selected. Javanese klenèngan foster a relaxing environment in contrast with formal western-style concerts. It is acceptable for audience members to chat quietly with their neighbor if they notice something fascinating in the music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and throughout her life.