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Announcement Phil Daley

Music Student Lauren Risha’s Paper Published in Prized Writing
Prized Writing

Music student Lauren Risha has had her paper—”‘In the Hands of a Noblemen’: Enlightenment Values and Collective Morality in Mozart’s Don Giovanni‘”—published in the 2019–20 UC Davis Prized Writing publication. This year’s collection is the 30th anniversary of the annual publishing by the University Writing Program.

Announcement Phil Daley

Kurt Rohde appointed Artistic Director of the Composers Conference
Composers Conference

UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde has been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Composers Conference. The Composers Conference, guided for nearly 50 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mario Davidovsky, who recently passed away, offers a unique opportunity for emerging composers, professional musicians, amateur chamber players, and conservatory-level instrumentalists and singers.

Announcement Phil Daley

Rita Sahai receives Global Music Award
Global Music Awards

UC Davis Lecturer Rita Sahai has received a gold medals by the Global Music Awards for one of her songs, “Incessant Time—Samaya Nirantar,” from her recent album, Samaya Anubhuti—The Experience of Time. She was recognized in World Music and Female Vocalist categories.

Upcoming Events

Event

Trois Bois
Madrigals and Pastorales

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Laura Reynolds, oboe
Patricia Shands, clarinet
UC Davis Lecturer in Music David Granger, bassoon

Wind trios from the 20th century and the Renaissance. Works by Darius Milhaud, Bohuslav Martinů, Joan Ambrosio Dalza and others. 

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
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Dominic Favia,
Baroque trumpet

with Janine Johnson, harpsichord

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

UC Davis Lecturer in Music Dominic Favia performs Baroque works for trumpet with Janine Johnson, harpsichord.

Dario Castello: Sonata

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Empyrean Ensemble

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Empyrean Ensemble
Mika Pelo, director
UC Davis Professor of Music

Honoring Larry Austin—

Austin: Threnos for Bass Clarinet and Electronics (Peter Josheff, bass clarinet)

Austin: Redux for Violin and Electronics (Hrabba Atladottir, violin)

Larry Austin was a faculty member in the music department at UC Davis between 1958–72 during some formative years for the department. Austin was an award-winning composer who founded SOURCE: Music of the Avant Garde and gained widespread recognition through a televised performance and recording of his Improvisations for Orchestra and Jazz Soloists by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Austin was also very well connected and was friends with some of the most important composers in those days. For example, he invited Karlheinz Stockhausen to teach at Davis while on sabbatical. Larry Austin was a very original composer, avoiding the current trends of his day, writing truly unique music. Austin taught for many years at the University of Northern Texas and passed away in 2018.

 

Preview of Taproot New Music Festival Participating Composers—

Inga Chinilina: Sky Everyday for Bass Clarinet (Peter Josheff)

Yuting Tan: Moon On Water for Violin (Hrabba Atladottir)

Two young composers have been invited to write pieces for the Empyrean Ensemble for the Taproot New Music Festival in 2020: Inga Chinilina and Yuting Tan. At this concert we will hear two older (already written) pieces by these talented composers.

 

Empyrean’s Peter Josheff—

Peter Josheff: September for Violin (Hrabba Atladottir)

Last, but not least, we’ll hear a piece by our very own Peter Josheff, a founding member of the Empyrean Ensemble and an accomplished composer.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Steven Lehning,
viola da gamba

with Phebe Craig, harpsichord

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

with UC Davis Lecturer in Music Phebe Craig, harpsichord

Dubuisson: Suite in A Minor
—Manuscript housed at the Library of Congress (1666)

Marin Marais: Suite in F Major
Troisième Livre de Piéces de Viole (1711)

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Works for Violin or Trombone and Piano
Works by the Schumanns

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Gabrielle Wunsch, violin
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Bruce Chrisp, trombone
with Jeff LaDeur, piano

Works by the Schumanns

Robert: Sonata No. 1 in A Minor for Violin and Piano

Robert: Three Romances for Oboe and Piano (played on trombone)

Clara: Three Romances for Violin and Piano

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Maximilian Haft, violin
Graduate Student Works

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by UC Davis graduate student composers for solo violin—

Trey Makler: Three Trinkets​
Emily Joy Sullivan: Pavane
Adam Strawbridge: have a nice day :)​
Joseph VasindaAs Close to Peace as You Can Get with Electronics

—plus a solo violin and electronics piece by Jürg Frey titled distant colors.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz Bands of UC Davis
Fall Concert

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program to be announced.

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Percussion Group Davis
Fall Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chris Froh, director
UC Davis Lecturer in Music
—with guest instructor and marimba player Mayumi Hama

UC Davis Professor of Music Pablo Ortiz: Dos Marimbas
(a World Premiere)
Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, marimbas

Keiko Abe: The Wave for Solo Marimba and Percussion Quartet
featuring Mayumi Hama

Masaki Endo: Negan Jongara for Solo Marimba

Mark Ford: Head Talk for Percussion Quintet

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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