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Announcement

UC Davis Students’ Mini-Opera Being Staged in Sacramento and Bay Area

Two versions of a miniature opera by Ryan Suleiman, a doctoral student in music composition and theory, and Cristina Fríes, who earned an M.A. in creative writing from the English department, will have performances in Sacramento, Berkeley and San Francisco this month.

Announcement

Pelo Awarded a 2019 Fromm Foundation Commission
Harvard University

UC Davis Associate Professor of Music Mika Pelo is one of fifteen composers who has been awarded a 2019 Fromm Music Foundation commission. The foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning fee, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.

Announcement

Hess Awarded Prize for Book in Teaching
American Musicological Society

The American Musicological Society has given its annual award for a book in the category of teaching to UC Davis Professor of Music Carol A. Hess. Experiencing Latin American Music (UC Press) draws on human experience as a point of departure for musical understanding. Students explore broad topics—identity, the body, religion, and more—and relate these to Latin American musics while refining their understanding of musical concepts and cultural-historical contexts.

Upcoming Events

Event

Tanya Tomkins, cello,
and Eric Zivian, piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chopin: Ballade

Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
”Opening Concert”

Quince • Empyrean • Spektral

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Empyrean Ensemble
Mika Pelo, director
UC Davis Professor of Music

Yuting Tan (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): Kinetic Toys
Premiere

Inga Chinilina (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): fire green as grass
Premiere

Quince
Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Laura Steenberge: Red Giant, White Dwarf from The Four Winds

David Reminick: Aún from The Sleep Cycle

Spektral Quartet
Clara Lyon and Maeve Feinberg, violins
Doyle Armbrust, viola  |  Russell Rolen, cello

Tomás Luis de Victoria: O magnum mysterium

Eliza Brown: String Quartet No. 1

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Mary Ann Smart
UC Berkeley

Room 266, Everson Hall

Made possible by support from the
William E. Valente Endowment in Music.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Quince

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Liz Pearse, soprano
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Premieres of three new pieces written especially for Quince—

Eren Gümrükçüoglu: optimist (to a 1958 text by Nazim Hikmet)
Taproot Participating Composer

Maija Hynninen: Texture Notes: weak/strong (text by Sawako Nakayasu)
Taproot Participating Composer

Aida Shirazi:Portrait (based on a poem by Meredith Herndon)
Taproot Participating Composer

and works by Gilda Lyons, Warren Enstrom, Laura Steenberge, Carrie Shaw, Eliza Brown, and David Reminick.

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

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Spektral Quartet
Friday Night Program

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

inti figgis-vizueta (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): talamh: land
Premiere

Emre Eröz (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): String Quartet
Premiere

Daniel Godsil (Taproot Festival Participating Composer): de rerum natura I “el leñador”
Premiere

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Enigma
West Coast Premiere

Post-Concert Q & A with participating composers and members of the Spektral Quartet, moderated by UC Davis Lecturer in Music Sam Nichols.

$10 Youth, $20 UC Davis Students, $40 Adult
(Classical Cabaret Assigned Seating)

Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra

"Korean Virtuosity, Immortal Dances"

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

The haegeum is a two-stringed fiddle of Korea. The physical nature of the haegeum allows it to produce a diverse variety of timbres making it a popular instrument for court, folk, and contemporary music. It is even being used in Korean pop music.

Jean Ahn: The Woven Silk for Haegeum and Orchestra
with Soo Yeon Lyuh

Christian Baldini: Unequal Freedom, an Exploratory Concerto for Haegeum, Electronics, and Orchestra
with Soo Yeon Lyuh
Premiere

Ravel: La Valse

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

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL: Spektral Quartet “After-Hours Concert”
as part of the Taproot New Music Festival

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Lisa Coons: The Space Between (2019)
with director and choreographer Mark DeChiazza

$10 Youth, $20 Students, $40 Adult
(Classical Cabaret, Assigned Seating)

Presented by the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

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

TAPROOT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL:
”Music for 18″

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (1974–76)
with members of the Empyrean Ensemble
   Hrabba Atladottir, violin
   Michael Seth Orland, piano
   Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
voices of the Quince Ensemble,
   Liz Pearse | Kayleigh Butcher
   Amanda DeBoer Bartlett | Carrie Henneman Shaw
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Chris Froh and
   undergraduate percussion students, 
   marimbas, xylophones, and vibraphones,
UC Davis Lecturer in Music I-Hui Chen, piano,
   with two to-be-announced pianists,
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Ann Lavin,​ clarinetist,
UC Davis Graduate Student in Music Joseph Vasinda, clarinetist,
and Stephen Bingen, audio engineer

* the piece runs 65 minutes without stopping *

Free, no tickets required

* Complete list of Taproot New Music Festival concerts. *

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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