The gently sorrowful melodies of Sospiri wield the subtle and soul-crushing power of a sigh.
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Debussy’s symphonic poem is orchestrated as verdantly as a lush forest. “The afternoon of a faun” portrays a mythical journey filled with beauty, but not without hints of peril peeking through the pines.
Vaughan Williams:Flos Campi
with Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and the University Chorus
Harnessing the combined power of orchestra and wordless choir, Flos Campi summons the sublime and terrifying power of love in this six-movement suite.
A gorgeous idyll with a somewhat contentious musical history. It was removed from his Symphony No. 1, but has earned a place of its own in its repertoire.
Respighi:Pini di Roma
A thrilling and complex verdant journey through four movements. Respighi’s extravagant instrumentation lives up to his grand ambitions.
A program of American Traditional and Spirituals, as well as James Whitbourn’s Luminosity, written for choir, viola, tanpura, tam-tam, and organ.
Whitbourn’s Luminosity is a multi-media work, commissioned by the conductor James Jordan of Westminster Choir College for the Westminster Williamson Voices, the women of the Westminster Schola Cantorum, the Blair Academy Singers (conducted by William Hammer) and the black-light dance company Archedream, for performance in Philadelphia Cathedral, April, 2008. The text, compiled and edited by the composer, centers on the transcendent beauty of creation expressed by luminaries down the ages. Texts are taken from the writings of St. John, St. Teresa of Avila, Ryonen, St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and St. Isaac of Nineveh.
$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Assigned Seating)
In 2002, Professor Jeffrey Thomas invited alumni of the UC Davis choral programs to join the University Chorus and Chamber Singers in their inaugural performance at Mondavi Center. Over the past few years, the Alumni Chorus has evolved into an integral part of the Department of Music’s concert seasons.