UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:
Music and Words
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Pre-concert talk by Carol A. Hess, at 6:15 pm in Jackson Hall.
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia for Eight
Amplified Voices and Orchestra
with members of Volti, Robert Geary, artistic director
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti and Cecilia Lam, soprano
Sharmila Guha Lash and Celeste Winant, alto
Jeffrey Wang and Julian Kusnadi, tenor
Jeffrey Bennett and Sidney Chen, bass
With more than 20 musical quotations from well-known classical music works—from Debussy’s La mer to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring—Berio’s Sinfonia is a magnificent work for eight amplified vocal soloists and orchestra. It was premiered by the New York Philharmonic for their 125th anniversary concert in 1970, Leonard Bernstein conducting. Bernstein noted that the work was representative of the new direction classical music was going at that time.
Melinda Wagner: Concerto for Flute, Strings, and
with Tod Brody, flute
Composer-in-residence Melinda Wagner won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion. The work is similar in structure to Bartók’s concerto for celesta harp and strings, and features virtuosic flute work and equally virtuosic orchestral accompaniment.
Also featured on the program is Deception, by Music and Words Festival composer fellow Ben Goldberg.