UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:
”Amsterdam, Helsinki and Bali”

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:|”Amsterdam, Helsinki and Bali”
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, director and conductor


Colin McPhee’s “Tabuh-Tabuhan” is a groundbreaking 1936 piece for orchestra and two pianos incorporating Balinese melodies and rhythms into a Western symphonic structure. McPhee wrote the piece after four years in Bali as the first Western composer to study the music there. The orchestra will also perform the U.S. premiere of “Prélude à une nuit américaine” by Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar and Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius.

Mathilde Wantenaar: Prélude à une nuit américaine US PREMIERE

Colin McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan
Jennifer Reason and Adrián Zaragoza, piano
in conjunction with the LUCE Conference,
“Rethinking the History of Indonesian Music”

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

About the Soloists

Jennifer Reason is a vibrant young performer in consistent demand and the recipient of Sacramento Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Award for 2016. She gave her first solo recital at the age of five and acquired her first staff pianist position by age twelve. She has since gone on to appear in solo and ensemble performances across Europe, the United States, and Canada. A widely versatile and experienced musician, Jennifer is an adept pianist and vocalist in a variety of genres. Recently she completed her ninth international festival tour, twice appearing as a soloist to critical acclaim at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, as well as at the Schlern and Orfeo International Music Festivals in Italy. She has also twice appeared in an ensemble setting at Carnegie Hall, as well as the Vatican, the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and the International Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Italy. She received her bachelor’s of music degree in piano performance at California State University, Sacramento, with Steinway Artist Richard Cionco. She has developed a passion for collaborative performance and cofounded the nine-year-old modern chamber sextet Citywater, currently in residence at CSU, Sacramento.

Reason is artistic director of the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a sixteen-voice a cappella ensemble, which donates 100 percent of its proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. She has also recently been appointed music director of the Rogue Music Project, a music collective formed to challenge current perceptions of opera through unpredictable, adventurous, and socially conscious performances. She has also acted as music director, vocal coach, and lead keyboardist for over 30 theatre productions, notably including the world premiere of Max Understood, a musical created to raise autism awareness (produced by Paul Dresher and directed by David Schweizer), and the Bay Area premiere and adaption of Disney’s Shakespeare in Love (Marin Theatre, directed by Jasson Minadakis).

Adrián Zaragoza, piano, is a senior at Davis Senior High School and a student of Professor Richard Cionco at California State University, Sacramento, and Professor John McCarthy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied piano under Marjorie McBee, Lara Downes, and Dr. Lino Rivera. Adrian has also studied the harpsichord with Lorna Peters and Phebe Craig, and participated in masterclasses and lessons with world-renowned pedagogues Pavlina Dokovska, Eduardus Halim, Alexander Romanovsky, Natalia Antonova, Marina Lomazov, and Faina Lushtak. He has won top prizes at several local and international competitions, such as the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Orfeo International Music Competition, Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford Connecticut, Singapore International Piano Competition, Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition, Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, American Protege International Piano Competition, the MTAC Festival of New American Music, and the Solano Symphony Concerto Competition. He was honored to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Solano Symphony Orchestra.

Mondavi Center, Robert and Margarit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA

Wayang Bali (Indonesian Shadow Puppet Play)

Sconyers Plaza, North of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

ShadowLight Productions  |  Larry Reed, Artistic Director and Dalang
Carla Fabrizio, Lisa Gold, Paul Miller, Sarah Willner, gamelan
Katie Harrell, vocalist  |  Fred C. Riley III, assistant

Presented in conjunction with the conference Rethinking the History of Indonesian Music, a conference made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation.


Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play (which features a live gamelan accompaniment), is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. 

According to Balinese philosophy, a wayang performance is a symbol of the cosmos. The dalang (Shadow Master) represents God; the screen represents the world, including the atmosphere; the damar (oil lamp) is the sun and the banana log underneath the screen is the earth on which the creatures walk; the wayangs (puppet characters) are the creatures.  The accompanying gender music represents irama djaman, which means in phase with the periods of history.

Plots for the shadow play are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle. Five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess.

Wayang Bali takes place in two languages simultaneously: the ancient language and the language of the audience.

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

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