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Professor Polzonetti Book Published
University of Chicago Press

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, the Jan and Beta Popper Professor of Music at UC Davis, has published a new book, Feasting and Fasting in Opera: From Renaissance Banquets to the Callas Diet, with the University of Chicago Press. Feasting and Fasting in Opera moves chronologically from around 1480 to the middle of the nineteenth century, when [Richard] Wagner’s operatic reforms banished refreshments during the performance and mandated a darkened auditorium

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Laurie San Martin Work Performed in New York

Professor Laurie San Martin’s Zepplin will have its New York premiere on October 27 at the National Opera Center in Manhattan. The performance will be performed live as well as livestreamed beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EST)/4:30 p.m (PST). For live stream access, visit the National Opera Center YouTube Channel.

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Faculty Featured in Camellia Symphony Concert

Professor Christian Baldini, music director and conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, conducts the Camellia Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 25. The program is titled “Endless Melodies” and features Se fue Mendoza, a new work by Juan Diego Díaz, assistant professor of music.  

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Kurt Rohde Interviewed in Solar Journal

The editors of Solar Journal recently interviewed Professor Kurt Rohde who discussed his collaborative project with artist Marie Lorenz and writer Dana Spiotta. Their new piece, Newtown Odyssey, a floating opera on the Newtown Creek, addresses environmental catastrophe and justice.

Upcoming Events

Event

Blue Heron
Scott Metcalfe, Artistic Director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano
Laura Pudwell, alto
Jason McStoots, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Paul Guttry, bass

Program

Renaissance vocal works by Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore, Johannes Ockeghem, and others.

FREE
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

See also Blue Heron’s Cipriano de Rore program on Friday, October 29.

Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for its “expressive intensity.” The ensemble ranges over a wide repertoire from plainchant to new music, with particular specialities in fifteenth-century Franco-Flemish polyphony and early sixteenth-century English sacred music and is committed to vivid live performance informed by the study of original source materials and historical performance practices. Blue Heron’s catalogue of a dozen recording include five discs of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, copied in 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral, much of which consisted of world premiere recordings; the fifth disc won the prestigious 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, the first ever awarded to a non-European ensemble in the four-decade history of the Gramophone Awards.

Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents a concert series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival; in New York City at Music Before 1800, The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), and the 92nd Street Y; at the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; at the Berkeley Early Music Festival; at Yale University; in Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Providence, St. Louis, San Luis Obispo, Seattle, and Vancouver; and in Cambridge and London, England. Upcoming engagements include a visit to the University of California, Davis, and a debut at the Tage alter Musik Regensburg. Blue Heron has been in residence at the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University and at Boston College, and has enjoyed collaborations with A Far Cry, Dark Horse Consort, Les Délices, Parthenia, Piffaro, and Ensemble Plus Ultra.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Blue Heron
Scott Metcalfe, Artistic Director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano
Laura Pudwell, alto
Jason McStoots, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Paul Guttry, bass

>> Pre-concert talk by Jessie Ann Owens 6:15–6:45 pm <<

Program

Cipriano de Rore: I madrigali a cinque voci
with Italian recitations by Viola Ardeni, lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at UC Davis

Blue Heron brings to Davis mid-sixteenth-century Italian madrigals for five voices by the Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore, setting lyric poems by Petrarch and others. The poems will be recited in Italian to make audible the ways in which the music captures a wide range of emotions about the pain and pleasures of love. Blue Heron’s world premiere recording (in 2019) of De Rore’s 1542 madrigal set was made possible in part by the research of Jessie Ann Owens, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus and former dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. The collaborative project was awarded the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award.  

De Rore arrived in Italy in the 1530s, working at first as a freelance musician. His very first publication was the 1542 Madrigali a cinque voci, the book from which the madrigals to be presented are taken. This landmark publication launched his successful career as chapelmaster in Ferrara, Venice and Parma, where he died in 1565 at only 49.

He was the first composer to organize a madrigal book in modal order, moving from minor to major keys. The poetry itself is also highly organized, consisting of a cycle of sixteen sonnets. The ordering enables the music to express both the large-scale narrative of the poetry as well as its many affective moments. One of the important conclusions Owens has drawn about De Rore’s work is that his innovations were genre-defining for the madrigal as a whole: “These madrigals, each one a world unto itself, when taken together, tell a story about the pain of love. With this print De Rore established the madrigal as a genre that celebrates the fusion of music and poetry.”

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Gordis-Hantaï Duo
Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Jérôme Hantaï, viola da gamba
Lillian Gordis, harpsichord

Marin Marais: Pièces de viole in D Minor, Livre II (1701)

J. S. Bach: Sonate II for Obbligato Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba, BWV 1028

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 874 (Well-Tempered Clavier II)

François Couperin: Suite in E Minor (1728), Pièces de viole

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

NO NOON CONCERT—VETERAN’S DAY

Event

Berlin PianoPercussion: Graduate Student Compositions

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ya-ou Xie, conductor and piano
Sawami Kiyoshi, piano
Adam Weisman, percussion
Simone Beneventi, percussion

New compositions by UC Davis graduate student composers—

Emily Joy Sullivan: Escape Velocity​ WORLD PREMIERE

Jacob Lane: New Work WORLD PREMIERE

Sarah Wald: Asynchronies WORLD PREMIERE

Adam Strawbridge: infinity bells WORLD PREMIERE

Trey Makler: drift… WORLD PREMIERE

Founded in autumn 2008 by internationally renowned soloists who for many years have championed the interpretation and promotion of contemporary music, Berlin PianoPercussion is an ensemble characterized by the individual and complementary personalities of its members. During the Festival of Centre Acanthes 2008 in Metz, pianists Prodromos Symeonidis and Ya-ou Xie gave a series of concerts with works for two pianists and two percussionists under the direction of Sylvio Gualda, the reception of which led them to launch a new piano-percussion ensemble.

Free

See also Berlin PianoPercussion’s program on Saturday, November 13, at 3:00 pm.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Berlin PianoPercussion: Copland, Nichols, Seither, García

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ya-ou Xie, conductor and piano
Sawami Kiyoshi, piano
Adam Weisman, percussion
Simone Beneventi, percussion

Program

Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid WEST COAST PREMIERE
arranged by member Adam Weisman

Sam Nichols: Hinterland WORLD PREMIERE

Charlotte Seither: Running Circles

Orlando Jacinto García: Beneath the Surface

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Johannes Brahms and
Clara Schumann

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chase Spruill IV, violin
Dagenais Smiley, violin and UC Davis lecturer in music
Cassandra Lynne Richburg, viola
Susan Lamb Cook, cello and UC Davis lecturer in music
I-Hui Chen, piano and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 17

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Wayang Bali (Indonesian Shadow Puppet Play)

Sconyers Plaza, North of the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

ShadowLight Productions  |  Larry Reed, Artistic Director and Dalang

Presented in conjunction with the conference Rethinking the History of Indonesian Music, a conference made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Program

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play (which features a live gamelan accompaniment), is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. 

According to Balinese philosophy, a wayang performance is a symbol of the cosmos. The dalang (Shadow Master) represents God; the screen represents the world, including the atmosphere; the damar (oil lamp) is the sun and the banana log underneath the screen is the earth on which the creatures walk; the wayangs (puppet characters) are the creatures.  The accompanying gender music represents irama djaman, which means in phase with the periods of history.

Plots for the shadow play are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle. Five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess.

Wayang Bali takes place in two languages simultaneously: the ancient language and the language of the audience.

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA

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