featuring The UC Davis Concert Band
Pete Nowlen, director
and Rollo Dilworth, visiting composer
If the American Dream includes hope of a better life in a
promised land, then the story we tell must also acknowledge
that dream has not always been equally available to all
Americans. This concert gives us both sentiments of this
Rollo Dilworth set his choral and wind ensemble work “Weather”
to the poem of the same name by Claudia Rankine. “Weather” (the
poem) appeared in the New York Times Magazine shortly after the
murder of George Floyd in 2020. It captured in a few
pointed phrases the pain of the pandemic and of America’s
racial conflicts. Using American-born musical traditions,
including the Blues, Rollo Dilworth juxtaposes Rankine’s words
against a musical fabric, which challenges us to accept this
part of our American story, and in time weather that challenge.
André Thomas, a composer known around the world for his
spirituals, wrote his “Mass of Love and Joy” (filled with
moving and joyous spirituals) in 2018 upon his own retirement,
and which concludes and lifts up this choral concert. Thomas
says of his work, “anyone can relate to spirituals. Everyone
goes through trials and everyone looks for comfort.”
Norman Dello Joio: A Jubilant Song
Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei
William L. Dawson: Soon-Ah-Will Be Done
Selections to be announced.
— Intermission —
Rollo Dilworth: Weather
with the UC Davis Concert Band
and Shinae Kim, piano
“Historically, the arts have always fulfilled the dual roles of
responding to change while at the same time creating change.
Claudia Rankine’s poem, Weather, is a poem that gives
voice to the voiceless, especially those who have been and
continue to be marginalized because of difference. It responds to
and reflects realities that are both culturally specific and
humanly universal. Claudia Rankine challenges all of us (no
matter your background or lived experience) to know better, to do
better, to take action, and to become agents of social justice
and social change.”
The UC Davis Concert Band Program has existed on the campus for
more than 50 years, performing in commencements, ceremonies, and
its own concerts.
The UC Davis Concert Band is an auditioned wind-symphony sized
group of about 55 musicians and plays during the
Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Both groups are
open to all students, professors, alumni, and community members.
The Concert Band Program is proud to include students from over
30 majors and minors on campus.