"Aztec, Maya, and Inca Worlds"
Christian Baldini, music director and
UC Davis Professor of Music
Ann Cleare: phôsphors (. . . of ether)
Brahms: Double Concerto
with Stephanie Zyzak, violin, and Eunghee Cho, cello
Esteban Benzecry: Rituales Amerindios
Eunghee Cho, a native of Davis, has won awards from the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China, the University of Southern California Bach Competition, and the New England Conservatory of Music where he earned his master’s degree and is currently working on his doctorate. Cho received his bachelor’s degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music. He is the artistic director and founder of the Mellon Music Festival in Davis.
Stephanie Zyzak earned a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. She was a finalist at the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition and has performed at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Shanghai International Isaac Stern Competition, and Zhuhai International Mozart Competition.
One of South America’s most renowned composers, Benzecry has received commissions from numerous orchestras and institutions including Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.
A recipient of a 2019 Ernst von Siemens Composer Prize, Cleare works in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments, and hybrid instrumental design. She holds a PhD from Harvard University.
Composed in the summer of 1887, the Double Concerto was Brahms’s final work for orchestra and was first performed in October of that year in the Gürzenich [de] in Cologne, Germany.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra is one of the most forward-looking university orchestras in the United States, and is committed to presenting repertoire from different periods and styles at the highest artistic level. Its members include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff as well as community members.