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expenses for individual music lesson instruction for UC Davis
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from a career professional in their field and use those skills in
individual and group performances—including the UC Davis Symphony
Orchestra, Choruses, Percussion Ensemble, Baroque, Early Music,
and more. We seek everyone’s support in this endeavor.
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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.
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.
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.
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
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Kyle
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
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
3:45 pm: Robert O. Gjerdingen (Northwestern
“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
* 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
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.
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.