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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

Seasonal Event

FILM FEST @ UC Davis
Varsity Theatre

Varsity Theatre

Experience new works by student filmmakers at the 2022 Film Fest @ UC Davis. Now back in person, the festival will be held May 16 and 17 at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Davis.  

“We are so grateful to be able to present this year’s festival in person after two years of being virtual,” said Christine Davis, publicity director for Film Fest. “Returning to an in-person event adds excitement and enthusiasm for the screenings as the filmmakers experience an audience’s reaction to their work.” 

Varsity Theater, 2nd Street, Davis, California
Event

“A Hesterian Musicism Approach to Afrofuturism”

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Karlton Hester Jazz Trio (“Hesterian Musicism”)
Karlton Hester, saxophone and UC Santa Cruz Professor of Music
David Smith​, bass
Motoko Honda, piano

Hesterian Musicism is the creative process through which Karlton Hester’s compositional and performance styles merge to give rise to aesthetic environments where other musicians, kinetic and visual artists, and poets, can meet to produce new art forms through imaginative effort.

Program

(all compositions by Karlton Hester)

QE Depth of Awareness (Electroacoustic composition #1)
Quantum Spirit Dance Mix (Electroacoustic composition #2)
The Freedom Principle (Spontaneous Composition)
Free Hesteria
Saturnday Head
Byrd Math

Hesterian Musicism is the creative process through which Karlton Hester’s compositional and performance styles merge to give rise to aesthetic environments where other musicians, kinetic and visual artists, and poets, can meet to produce new art forms through imaginative effort. Its philosophical basis involves intrinsic freedom of expression, focused and disciplined spontaneity, and a structural basis that explores the creative components of diverse sources from the whole earth. Contemporary Trans-African Experiments create ways in which to search for universal musical concepts that can be examined for their inherent capabilities as commonage. Hester’s interdisciplinary experimental approaches re-contextualize African American music as prioritized global music that aligns with emerging discourses regarding Afrofuturism and aspires to have both students and general listeners engage music and research with a variety of perspectives on issues that encourage discussion beyond colonial musical and sociocultural contexts. 

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Karlton Hester
a Valente Lecture

Room 266, Everson Hall

Karlton E. Hester, Ph.D., composer-flutist-saxophonist, began his career as a composer and recording artist in Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and music educator. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is currently Director of Jazz Studies (and member of the Digital Arts and New Media faculty) at UC Santa Cruz. A performer on both flute and saxophone, he is founding music director of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band (in San Francisco), director of Hesterian Musicism, and served as the Herbert Gussman Director of Jazz Studies at Cornell University from 1991 to 2001. Hester specializes in premeditated, spontaneous, and electro-acoustic composition. His compositions span a wide range; from numerous solo cycles for various woodwinds to chamber configurations, music videos and electro-acoustic symphonic works written in an eclectic array of styles.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz Combos of UC Davis
Otto Lee, director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

To be announced.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Recital:
Mars Lewis, percussion

Senior Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Akira Miyoshi: Selections from Conversation

Mark Applebaum: Aphasia 

Elliott Carter: Canaries

Eckhard Kopetzki: Canned Heat

Keiko Abe: The Wave

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:
”Twilights”

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, director and conductor

Program

Richard Wagner: Rienzi Overture

Johann Strauss: ”Mein Herr Marquis” from Die Fledermaus with Tiara Abraham, soprano (winner of the 2022 Concerto Competition)

Jan Koetsier: Allegro con brio from Concertino, op. 77
with Alex Rossi, tuba (winner of the 2022 Concerto Competition)

David Felder: Die Dämmerungen WEST COAST PREMIERE

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Student Recital: Tiara Abraham, soprano
Senior Honors Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

with Karen Rosenak, piano

Program

G.F. Handel: “I know that my Redeemer liveth” from Messiah

J.S. Bach: “Mein Gläubiges Herze” from Cantata BWV 68

Albert Hay Malotte: The Lord’s Prayer

H.T. Burleigh: Go Down Moses

Franz Schubert: Frühlingsglaube

Ricky Ian Gordon: Will There Really Be a Morning

Tiara Abraham: Untitled

Joaquín Rodridgo: Cuatro madrigales amatorios

Claude Debussy: Nuit d’étoiles

Vincenzo Bellini: “Ma rendi pur contento” from Sei Ariette

Manuel de Falla: “Nana” from Siete Canciones populares Españolas

Lori Laitman: “If I” from Four Dickinson Songs

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Graduate Student Ensemble

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program will include two new works by UC Davis graduate students in music as well as “In C” by Terry Riley, often noted as the first minimalist music composition.

Program

Emily Joy Sullivan: Bootstrapping

Dean Kervin Boursiquot: Nightingale

Trey Makler: Hiding Place

Joseph Vasinda: Frame No. 1

Terry Riley: In C

Emily Joy Sullivan: Confetto

Musicians
  • Paul Engle
  • Joseph Donald Peterson
  • Emily Joy Sullivan
  • Devin Romines
  • Joseph Vasinda
  • Leanny Muñoz

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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