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Spring Quarter Presentations are Cancelled

The Department of Music has cancelled all performances and lectures for the academic Spring Quarter. We have made this decision because we truly believe it is in the best interest of our students, musicians, faculty, and the community at large. 

Choruses, orchestra, and our different bands will reschedule repertoire and visiting musicians, as able, to one of their existing future dates in 2020–21. Other events will be rescheduled when possible. Ticket holders of concerts in April, May, and June will automatically be offered a refund. Please allow for some extra processing time for this to take place.

We know this is a difficult moment to comprehend. We hope that by taking these measures we will be actively participating in slowing the virus’s spread, allowing for a quicker recovery period, and we can then return to normal presentations as soon as possible.

Thank you—and we hope to see you sooner rather than later.
       —Staff and Faculty, UC Davis Department of Music

Upcoming Events

Event

CANCELLED-Marilyn Swan, solo piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Bach: Goldberg Variations

“The Goldberg Variations,” BWV 988, is a musical composition for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is one of the most important examples of the variation form. It is named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may also have been the first performer of the work.

The work itself consists of 30 variations, starting with a single ‘Aria’. After transforming the music over the course of an hour, using different time signatures, textures, and harmonies, the beautiful first aria returns, with a completely different feel from the first hearing. Once the listener has heard the tune transformed in almost uncountable ways, the simplicity of the original music is nothing short of arresting.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Susan Lamb Cook, cello

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Nancy Wu, violin (of the Metropolitan Opera)
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Susan Lamb Cook, cello
Gayle Blankenburg, piano

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G Major, op. 96

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Major, op. 70, no. 1

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Picnic Day

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program to be announced.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Sandbox Percussion

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ian David Rosenbaum  |  Jonny Allen
Terry Sweeney  |  Victor Caccese

Program to be announced.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

* Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Empyrean Ensemble
Graduate Student Composers

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Mika Pelo, director
UC Davis Professor of Music

Works written by UC Davis graduate student composers—

Orkun Akyol
Trey Makler
Emily Sullivan
Addie Camsuzou
Aida Shirazi
Ryan Suleiman

* There will be a pre-concert talk with the composers at 2:15 pm. *

Free, no tickets necessary

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Keyed Kontraptions

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kristopher King, bassoon
Michael Hernandez, saxophone
Jonathan Szin, clarinet

Keyed Kontraptions was founded in 2016 as a duo of contra-bass wind instruments and continues to explore unique colors and instrumental combinations of the wind family. The members of Keyed Kontraptions advocate for contemporary music through commissioning projects, working directly with composers to expand their repertoire.

​Saxophonist Michael Hernandez is a founding member of the acclaimed Mana Quartet and has collaborated with many well known Bay Area organizations including Empyrean Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, and others.

​Clarinetist Jon Szin is an active teacher, chamber musician, and co- founder/co-director of the SF-based wind octet, Nomad Session.

​Bassoonist Kris King is a founding member of Keyed Kontraptions, a member of the chamber groups Nomad Session and Elevate Ensemble and regularly performs as a freelance musician with several orchestras throughout California.

Program to be announced.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-Keyed Kontraptions
Music by Graduate Student Composers

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kristopher King, bassoon
Michael Hernandez, saxophone
Jonathan Szin, clarinet

New music by graduate student composers at UC Davis—

Adam Strawbridge
Joseph Vasinda
Addie Camsuzou
Josiah Catalan
Daniel Godsil
Sarah Wald

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

CANCELLED-UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra

"Spirits and Dances"

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5

María Granillo: Danzas de los espíritus animales
with Mercedes Gómez Benet
—a world premiere harp concerto

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major

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

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

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