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“After three years, a writer and a composer’s collaboration will debut in Sacramento”
Sacramento Bee

A collaboration between writer Cristina Fríes—alumna of UC Davis’s Creative Writing program—and current doctoral candidate in UC Davis’s music composition program will premiere Bones of Girls in Sacramento January 24–25.

Announcement

“Taproot New Music Festival Composes Connections”
Davis Enterprise

New Taproot music festival offers a lineup of new music groups and commissioned works over four days. “The festival is rooted in this place and produces unique works,” said Sam Nichols, festival coordinator, composer and music department faculty member. “The different groups and people come together and meet one another and share. We didn’t just want groups parachuting in and performing what they might perform elsewhere and then leave.”

Announcement

UC Davis student among competition winners to play in concert
Davis Enterprise

Music major Matthew Rasmussen ‘20 will play the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Solano Symphony Orchestra. He is one of three winners of the orchestra’s 2019 Young Artist’s Competition. Matthew is the principal bassoonist in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and studies with UC Davis Lecturer in Music David Granger.

Announcement

Taproot New Music Festival Composes Connections
UC Davis College of Letters and Science

New Taproot music festival offers a lineup of new music groups and commissioned works over four days. “The festival is rooted in this place and produces unique works,” said Sam Nichols, festival coordinator, composer and music department faculty member. “The different groups and people come together and meet one another and share. We didn’t just want groups parachuting in and performing what they might perform elsewhere and then leave.”

Upcoming Events

Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
”Opening Concert”

Quince • Empyrean • Spektral

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Empyrean Ensemble
Mika Pelo, director
UC Davis Professor of Music

Yuting Tan (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): Kinetic Toys
Premiere

Inga Chinilina (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): fire green as grass
Premiere

Quince
Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Laura Steenberge: Red Giant, White Dwarf from The Four Winds

David Reminick: Aún from The Sleep Cycle

Spektral Quartet
Clara Lyon and Maeve Feinberg, violins
Doyle Armbrust, viola  |  Russell Rolen, cello

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium

Eliza Brown: String Quartet No. 1

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Mary Ann Smart
UC Berkeley

Room 266, Everson Hall

Made possible by support from the
William E. Valente Endowment in Music.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Quince

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Premieres of three new pieces written especially for Quince—

Eren Gümrükçüoglu: optimist (to a 1958 text by Nazim Hikmet)
Taproot Participating Composer

Maija Hynninen: Texture Notes: weak/strong (text by Sawako Nakayasu)
Taproot Participating Composer

Aida Shirazi: Portrait (based on a poem by Meredith Herndon)
Taproot Participating Composer

and works by Gilda Lyons, Warren Enstrom, Laura Steenberge, Carrie Shaw, Eliza Brown, and David Reminick.

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

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Writing for the Voice
Quince Ensemble

Noda Lobby, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Presentation on aspects of vocal writing and performance.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Spektral Quartet
Friday Night Program

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

inti figgis-vizueta (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): talamh: land
Premiere

Emre Eröz (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): String Quartet
Premiere

Daniel Godsil (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): de rerum natura I “el leñador”
Premiere

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Enigma
West Coast Premiere

Post-Concert Q & A with participating composers and members of the Spektral Quartet, moderated by UC Davis Lecturer in Music Sam Nichols.

$10 Youth, $20 UC Davis Students, $40 Adult
(Classical Cabaret Assigned Seating)

Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra

"Korean Virtuosity, Immortal Dances"

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor
UC Davis Professor of Music

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

The haegeum is a two-stringed fiddle of Korea. The physical nature of the haegeum allows it to produce a diverse variety of timbres making it a popular instrument for court, folk, and contemporary music. It is even being used in Korean pop music.

Jean Ahn: The Woven Silk for Haegeum and Orchestra
with Soo Yeon Lyuh

Christian Baldini: Unequal Freedom, an Exploratory Concerto for Haegeum, Electronics, and Orchestra
with Soo Yeon Lyuh
Premiere

Ravel: La Valse

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

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Spektral Quartet “After-Hours Concert”
as part of the Taproot New Music Festival

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Lisa Coons: The Space Between (2019)
with director and choreographer Mark DeChiazza

(West Coast Premiere; second performance of the work)

Composer Lisa Coons uses her own experience of social silencing as a springboard for The Space Between, a fully staged, choreographed work for Spektral Quartet that unravels the social hierarchies of human interaction, and ultimately, invites musicians to explore the roots and motives of communication through the spectacle of music and theatre. Choreographed by director and designer Mark DeChiazza, the work is seamlessly interwoven in a style unique to Coons, and organically mixes moments of improvisation with written material: a musical gesture might be the start of a conversation between musicians that is mirrored through physical movement. Or, a physical movement might disrupt, provoke, or engage the music of another player. The simple act of watching the violist of a string quartet cradle the head of the cellist, or of one violinist muting the performance of their fellow violinist is also shocking, and through the unexpected drama created by physical interaction, Coons and DeChiazza compel both the performers and the audience to consider the ways in which we navigate communication, conflict, and connection.

$10 Youth, $20 Students, $40 Adult
(Classical Cabaret, Assigned Seating)

Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL:
”Music for 18″

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (1974–76)
with members of the Empyrean Ensemble
   Hrabba Atladottir, violin
   Michael Seth Orland, piano
   Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
voices of the Quince Ensemble,
   Liz Pearse | Kayleigh Butcher
   Amanda DeBoer Bartlett | Carrie Henneman Shaw
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Chris Froh and
   undergraduate percussion students, 
   marimbas, xylophones, and vibraphones,
UC Davis Lecturer in Music I-Hui Chen, piano,
   with two to-be-announced pianists,
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Ann Lavin,​ clarinetist,
UC Davis Graduate Student in Music Joseph Vasinda, clarinetist,
and Stephen Bingen, audio engineer

* the piece runs 65 minutes without stopping *

Free, no tickets required

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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