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Tiara Abraham Wins 2nd Place in Sacramento Master Singers Scholarship

Student Tiara Abraham in a cream colored dress, floral print, against a dark blue tile backdrop.

Undergraduate music major (focusing on vocal performance) Tiara Abraham has won second place in the Sacramento Master Singers Youth Scholarship competition. For it she sang one of only a few Vincenzo Bellini art songs, ”Per pietà, bell’idol mio,” in the collegiate category, age 20–22.

Announcement

Polzonetti’s Book Explores the History of Opera’s Intersection With Dining

Professor Pierpaolo Polzonetti is the author of the recently published book Feasting and Fasting in Opera: From Renaissance Banquets to the Callas Diet. Published by the University of Chicago Press, the book is filled with engaging insights drawn from Polzonetti’s research about opera — from its origins as entertainment during 16th-century banquets to 20th-century opera star Maria Callas’s diet. 

Announcement

Remembering Andrew Frank
(1946–2022)

Andy Frank in a suit and tie, arms crossed, in black and white.

Andrew “Andy” Frank, who joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1972, passed away in April, 2022. A consummate artist, Andy was in his beloved music studio until the very end, composing, revising, and revisiting cherished musical and literary masters of the present and past.

Announcement

Chris Castro Joins Faculty at Chapman University

Lecturer in music and alum Christopher Castro (Ph.D., composition and theory, ‘18) has accepted the position of assistant professor of composition at Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. He joins the faculty in August 2022 and will teach composition and theory.  

Upcoming Events

Event

Concert Bands of UC Davis
with The Band of the Golden West

In Memory of Bill Hollingshead

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

UC Davis Concert Band
Pete Nowlen, director and UC Davis lecturer in music

Campus Band
Dr. Garrett Rigsby, conductor

USAF Band of the Golden West
Major Joseph Hansen, commander and conductor

This concert program is being presented free to the public in memory of the longtime clarinetist and dedicated alumnus Bill Hollingshead, who passed away in 2021.

Program

Campus Band

Dr. Garrett Rigsby, conductor

Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli’s Anime March Medley

Vincent Persichetti: Adagio Sostenuto from Symphony No. 6

Brian Balmages: Kyiv, 2022 (a Sequel to “Moscow, 1941″)

Written as a powerful sequel to Moscow, 1941, this work changes the narrative, where the theme from Moscow now represents the aggressor, and the heroic people of Ukraine are represented by the Ukrainian National Anthem and the powerful song Prayer for Ukraine.

UC Davis Concert Band

Pete Nowlen, conductor

William Grant Still: Africa, Land of Superstition from the Africa Suite
FIRST PERFORMANCE of this work transcribed for Concert Band

William Grant Still (who never went to Africa) said the Africa Suite was “designed as an American Negro’s wholly fanciful concept of the cradle of his Race, formed on the folklore of generations.” The work is the first of a trilogy focused on the subject of the African American experience.

Julie Giroux: Evening Snow at Kambara from Symphony No. 4 (“Bookmarks from Japan”)

Based on the bookmark “Evening Snow at Kambara” by Hiroshige Ando which is from the series The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Highway.

Arturo Márquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo

David Maslanka: Give Us This Day (Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble)

The words “Give us this day” are, of course, from the Lord’s Prayer, but the inspiration for this music is Buddhist. I have recently read a book by the Vietnamese Bhuddist monk Thich Nhat Hahn (pronounced “Tick Nat Hahn”) entitled For a Future to be Possible. His premise is that a future for the planet is only possible if individuals become deeply mindful of themselves, deeply connected to who they really are. While this is not a new idea, and something that is an ongoing struggle for everyone, in my estimation it is the issue for world peace. For me, writing music, and working with people to perform music, are two of those points of deep mindfulness.

—David Maslanka

USAF Band of the Golden West

Major Joseph Hansen, commander and conductor

Armed Forces Medley

Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future

Andy Narell: Kalinda
featuring steelpan

… and more!

Free, but tickets are required (General Admission)

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED—Necati Çelik, oud

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Lei Ouyang
a Valente Lecture

Room 266, Everson Hall

Lei X. Ouyang, she/her, (Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh; B.A. in East Asian Studies, Macalester College) is Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Swarthmore College. Her scholarly interests are in music, culture, and performance in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Taiwan) and Asian America. Her research examines issues of music and memory, identity, politics, race and ethnicity, and social justice. Research projects include music and memory in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Race and Performance in Asian American musical theatre, and social justice and taiko drumming in the American Midwest. Lei previously taught at Skidmore College (2006–17) as Associate Professor of Music, at Macalester College (2004–06) as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, and at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Musicology (Spring 2021) as a Visiting Associate Professor. You can find her CV and published work at academia.edu.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
Event

Percussion Ensemble of UC Davis
Chris Froh, director

Noda Lobby and Front Courtyard, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Note: This concert takes place in the Noda Family Lobby and also the front outdoor courtyard at the Ann E. Pitzer Center. It will not be available to view via livestream or on the web.

Program

To be announced.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

“See / Hear / Say”
a Collaborative Concert

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Faculty Coordinator: Kurt Rohde, viola and UC Davis Professor of Music 

This concert is a collaboration of graduate students in music composition and creative writing, with artist-in-residence Zachary James Watkins. Watkins has been working with the creative students in a series of workshops, with additional guidance by music department faculty Kurt Rohde and Sam Nichols.

The work has been developing organically using words and electronic media in addition to the musicians.

“See / Hear / Say” is sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute’s “HumArts” Research Clusters, which provides a space for research and collaboration which is not easily accomplished in a single department or program.

Participants

Graduate Student Ensemble Musicians

Orkun Akyol
Dean Kervin Boursiquot
Paul Engle
Trey Makler 
Joseph D. Peterson
Adam Strawbridge 
Colin Minigan
Leanny Muñoz
Devin Christopher Romines 
Joseph Vasinda
Emily Joy Sullivan

 

Graduate Writers from the Creative Writing Program

Amanda Hawkins ​
Claudia Ross 

 

Undergraduate Participant from Theatre & Dance

Tessa Fray

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz “Big Bands” of UC Davis
Otto Lee, director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

To be announced.

$12 Students and Children, $24 Adults

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Chamber Ensembles

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Pete Nowlen, coordinator

Program

To be announced.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Musics of the World

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Capoeira
Gamelan
Hindustani Vocal
Mariachi
Samba School

Program

Selections to be announced from the stage.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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