“Building Musical Alliances with Mellon Public Scholar Hannah Adamy”
Maya Weeks (Davis Humanities Institute)

UC Davis Graduate Student in Music Hannah Adamy has been using her Mellon Public Scholarship to build alliances among women and gender-expansive musicians in Sacramento.


“ZOFO Puts a Fresh Spin on Piano Duos”
Lilly O'Brien (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Reviewer Lilly O’Brien of the San Francisco Classical Voice sat down with pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann to talk about their upcoming  performance of their Pictures-at-an-Exhibition-like performance project called “Zofo-Moma,” which they will perform at UC Davis on Friday, February 14.


“West Edge Opera’s Snapshot shines spotlight on promising new work”
Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle)

The very title of “Moon, Bride, Dogs,” an eerily beautiful new chamber opera by composer Ryan Suleiman and librettist Cristina Fríes, serves as both the cast of characters and a hint at the piece’s terse M.O. There’s nothing in this 20-minute opus that doesn’t need to be there, but it covers plenty of ground in just a few deft strokes.

West Edge Opera’s “Snapshot” Festival program was comprised of four short operas, including UC Davis Graduate student Ryan Suleiman’s Moon, Bride, Dogs, which was set to a libretto by UC Davis graduate student in creative writing Cristina Fríes. The work was originally premiered at UC Davis in May 2018 by the Brooklyn Art Song Society along with five other pieces for voice and piano in collaboration with the Program in Creative Writing.


“Symphony d’Oro director aims to connect Sacramento area residents to creating art”
Anthony Barcellos (Sacramento Bee)

In addition to teaching horn and the concert bands at UC Davis, Lecturer in Music Pete Nowlen is director of the Rancho Cordova’s Civic Light Orchestra called “Symphony d’Oro.” Through this orchestra he builds on local connections.

Upcoming Events


The Wizard of Oz
Film Screening

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

The 1939 award-winning film (Best Score and Best Song Academy Awards) is a perennial favorite that has been meticulously restored. The Pitzer Center provides comfortable seating and great sound for this Technicolor classic. 

A young farm girl and her little dog are magically transported into the enchanted land of Oz via a Kansas tornado. As they travel down Oz’s Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard and ask him to send them home, they encounter a wonderful, funny, terrifying and, ultimately, enlightening group of characters, human and otherwise.

The film is based on the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900 and written by Frank Baum. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton star in this film.

Audience members can come dressed up as their favorite Oz character. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual and group costumes.

$10 Students and Children, $12 Adults (Open Seating)

Run time is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

Splinter Reeds
Reed Quintet

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

UC Davis Lecturer in Music Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
David Wegehaupt, saxophone
Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet
Dana Jessen, bassoon

Anna Webber: Rectangles 2
György Ligeti: Hungarian Rock
Cara Haxo: Exercices
Lansing McLoskey: #playlist
Matthew Welch: Shapeshifter Dialogues (US Premiere)
Sky Macklay: Choppy
Paula Matthusen: Antenna Studies

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

L’ensemble Coclico
Friday Night Concert and Saturday Symposium in honor of Professor Anna Maria Busse Berger

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Barnabé Janin, tenor and director
Lise Viricel, soprano
Josquin Gest, countertenor
Benjamin Ingrao, tenor
Eric Chopin, bass-baritone

Read more about the Saturday symposium “New Perspectives on Improvisation and Compositional Process.”

L’ensemble Coclico, founded in 2014, brings together professional singers who specialize in Renaissance and medieval music and improvisation. In concert, the ensemble revives the improvised polyphonies of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, restoring to life the organa, hymns, French chansons from the court of Burgundy, motets, psalms, songs of the Renaissance, Italian lauds, English carols, and more.

In a spirit musical and playful, as well as pedagogical, the members of the ensemble share their enjoyment of improvisation through concerts, spectacles and lectures with musical illustrations.

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

New Perspectives on Improvisation and Compositional Process
Friday Night Concert and Saturday Symposium in honor of Professor Anna Maria Busse Berger

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Read more about the Friday night concert given by L’ensemble Coclico.

9:15 am: Introduction at 9:15 am by Department Chair Laurie San Martin ’91 (UC Davis)

Session I: 9:30–10:55 am

Chair: Pierpaolo Polzonetti (UC Davis)

9:30 am: Stephen Blum (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
“Three Musicological Concepts: Mode, Composition, Improvisation”

10:05 am: Jesse Rodin (Stanford University)
“Memory, Liveness, and the Chanson”

10:40 am: Coffee & Tea

Session II: 10:55 am –12:05 pm

Chair: Beth Levy (UC Davis)

10:55 am: Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)
“Improvisation and Composition in Cipriano de Rore’s Ariosto Settings”

11:30 am: John Lutterman ‘06 (University of Alaska)
“Re-creating 18th-Century Improvisatory Practices on the Cello”

12:05 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm

Christopher Reynolds (UC Davis)
“A Career of Improvisation”


Session III: 2:15–3:25 pm

Chair: Carol A. Hess (UC Davis)

2:15 pm: Sarah Eyerly ‘04 (Florida State University)
“Sound and Spirit: Improvised Hymnody in the Moravian Mohican Missions.”

2:50 pm: Philippe Canguilhem (University of Toulouse)
“Formulas for Composing and/or Improvising: A Closer Look at Rome, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, ms. G 384”

3:25 pm: Coffee & Tea


Session IV: 3:45–4:55 pm

Chair: Henry Spiller (UC Davis)

3:45 pm: Robert O. Gjerdingen (Northwestern University)
“Three Centuries of Classical Improvisation: Naples and Paris”

4:20 pm: Elisabeth Le Guin (UCLA)
“‘El cancionero de Santa Ana’: Improvisation as
the Practice of Freedom in a California Immigrant Community”
—with singers of Son del Centro / El Centro Cultural de México


Made possible by support from the William E. Valente Endowment in Music, from the UCHRI, and support from the departments of Art History, Art Studio, History, French, and English.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

Sakurako Kanemitsu,
solo piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109

Liszt: selected Transcendental Étude

… plus brief selections by Bach, Debussy, Ravel, and a contemporary composer. 

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra
and University Chorus

"Celebrating Beethoven"

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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

University Chorus
Caleb Lewis, director
UC Davis Lecturer in Music

UC Davis Professor of Music Laurie San Martin: what remains
with the University Chorus

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
with Andrei Baumann

Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives, op. 85
with the University Chorus,
Jacqueline Piccolino, soprano,
Kyle Stegall, tenor,
and Daniel Yoder, bass

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

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

House of Angklung: “Learn from Pring”
Tricia Sumarijanto, music director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

* The concert will be preceded by a reception in the Noda lobby beginning at 6:00 pm. *

The House of Angklung presents a music, dance, and multi-media program called “Learn from Pring” (pring refers to the wisdom of bamboo) at the beautiful Ann E. Pitzer Center. “Learn from Pring” is based on a poem titled “Ngelmu Pring,” which talks about the philosophy of bamboo.

The music performed by House of Angklung ranges from traditional regional folk songs and classical Indonesian ballads to Sundanese pop and American music, and will feature dancers from Bandung, Indonesia, as part of the group Padepokan Jugala. The audience will be invited to participate!

The Musicians

House of Angklung was established by a group of women in Washington DC with a purpose to form a cultural organization with a focus on the Sundanese culture of West Java, Indonesia, and the goal of not only introducing and promoting Indonesia to the United States through the beautiful angklung (bamboo rattles) music, but also fostering harmony and peace in society at large.

Angklung is an instrument made of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The use of angklung is swayed and shaken by hand to produce a note. This instrument has been played for centuries in Indonesia, especially in West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Bali.  The word ‘Angklung’ was originated from Sundanese “angkleung-angkleungan,” which means the movement of angklung player and the sound “klung” that comes from the instrument.

The Dancers

Padepokan Seni Jugala was founded in 1976 by an artist couple from West Java, Gugum Gumbira and the late Euis Komariah. Gugum Gumbira is a Sundanese composer, orchestra leader, choreographer, and entrepreneur from the city of Bandung, Indonesia. After 1961, when the Indonesian President Sukarno banned all forms of Western music and challenged his people to revive their cultural music, Gugum Gumbira made this task his own. In order to do this he studied the rural, festival dance music for twelve years, which resulted the Jaipongan dance. Jaipongan dance is based on traditional Sundanese ketuk tilu music and pencak silat movements. Accompanied by the dynamic kendang (drum), this exciting dance has become a social dance. The drum patterns are in harmony with the dance movements to express an outpouring of joy.

How to Attend

Free, no tickets are required. However, we ask you let us know you are coming via the corresponding Facebook event we can monitor the capacity of the venue.

The evening is generously sponsored by House of Angklung, the Indonesian Students Association of UC Davis (PERMIAS), the Office of the Consulate General of Indonesia, and many individual friends and supporters.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

Chamber Music
Winter Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program to be announced.

Free (a Student Recital)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA


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