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Chris Froh Received 2024 Undergraduate Teaching Award

Chris Froh, continuing lecturer, received the 2024 Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Academic Federation. Froh is known for teaching courses that include Theory, Rock Music, History of the Beatles, percussion ensemble and individual percussion students.

Announcement

Rohde Composition Premieres at Brandeis University Concert

Professor Kurt E. Rohde’s composition seeking all that’s still unsung will receive its world premiere at Brandeis University performed by the Lydian String Quartet on April 6.

Announcement

Professor Carol Hess Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Music

Professor Carol A. Hess has recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music, which promotes music of the Americas. The presentation was made on March 23 during the society’s annual conference.

Announcement

In Memoriam: Robert S. Bloch
Professor Emeritus of Music

Robert S. Bloch, UC Davis professor emeritus of music, died on November 4 at age 89. He was a member of the faculty from 1974 to 2000, primarily teaching violin and music theory in addition to giving concerts. The UC Davis Music Department remains grateful for the musicianship Bloch shared on stage and in the classroom. Theodore Karp, a prior faculty member (1963–73) who went on to teach at Northwestern University, previously described Bloch as “A quiet man with a ready, genial wit.” He was also self-admittedly restless, which showed in the breadth of his endeavors.

Upcoming Events

Event

Student Recital: Maya True-Fogel, viola
Senior Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

with Karen Rosenak, piano

Program

J.S. Bach: Prélude and Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Rebecca Clarke: Prélude and Pastorale for from Duet for Viola and Clarinet

Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
trans. Maya True-Fogel for viola quartet

Florence Price: Adoration for Viola and Piano

William Walton: Viola Concerto

Free​

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Recital: Avery Snyder, horn
Senior Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Danny Van: A Very Cool Piece PREMIERE

Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in B-Flat Minor

Paul Dukas: Villanelle

Francis Poulenc: Allegro vivace from Sextet

Free​

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Jazz Bands of UC Davis
Spring Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Otto Lee, director and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

The Big Bands will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Mongo Santamaria, Thad Jones, George Gershwin, Horace Silver, and others. 

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Concert Bands of UC Davis: “Pacific Rim Voices”
Spring Quarter

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

This concert features music inspired by voices around the Pacific Rim, from California to Australia, Singapore to Russia, Mexico to Canada (to name a few). Included is “Eagle Song” by Bob Baker, a Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) composer in present-day Vancouver, and a Māori lullaby, “Hine e Hine” originally by Fanny Howie. California composers are represented in two selections: “Mondavi Fanfare” by Roger Nixon — commissioned for the opening of the Mondavi center in 2003 — and “Go California,” a march written by Jonathan B. Elkus, who directed the UC Davis bands from 1992 to 2003.

Program

Campus Band • Garrett Rigsby and Natalie Laurie, directors

Jack Loh: Canton Folk Song Suite

Bob Baker (Squamish Nation): Eagle Song

Jodie Blackshaw: Vulnerable Joy

Roque Cordero: Spirit of Panama March

   — Intermission —

UC Davis Concert Band • Pete Nowlen, director

Roger Nixon: Mondavi Fanfare

Jinjun Lee: Sing

Worachat Kitrenu: Reun-Pae

Fanny Rose Howie: Hine e Hine

Antonio Gervasoni: Peruvian Fanfare No. 1

Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli Anime March

Nubia Jaime-Donjuan: “Sajuaro” from the Little Mexican Suite

Sergei Prokofiev: March, op. 99

Jonathan B. Elkus: Go California

In 1978 the Tellefsen Hall Directors at UC Berkeley commissioned Jonathan Elkus (Director of the UC Davis bands from 1993 to 2003) to compose UC Berkeley’s “Cal Band March” in memory of Chris Tellefsen, an employee of the Associated Students of the University of California who worked closely with the Cal Band from the 1920s through the 1960s. Originally known as “Go California,” it was arranged by Elkus and Larry Austin, who had also served as UC Davis’s Concert Band Director from 1958 to 1972. This is a new concert edition, retitled “Go California” with contributions from Kai Boennighausen, who received his bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley in 2023.

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

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Musics of the World
Spring Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Gamelan • Heni Savitri, director

Hindustani • Rita Sahai, director

Capoeira • Juan Diego Díaz

Bluegrass and Old Time String Band • Scott Linford, director

Mariachi • Tito Talamantes, director

Samba School • Brian Rice, director

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Percussion Ensemble UC Davis:
Works by Graduate Students

Spring Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chris Froh, director and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

Orkun Akyol: past time pastimes

Dean Kervin Boursiquot: Hard Times

Colin Minigan: watershed

Zoë A. Wallace: The Waste Land

Ben Wallace-Ailsworth: 29 going on 30

James Larkins: Not Quite Enough

Jacob Lane: Emulation Run

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra:
“Musical Landscapes”

Christian Baldini, director and conductor

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

This concert features the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, who has frequently collaborated with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, in a new work by Aida Shirazi. Since receiving her doctorate in music composition from UC Davis in 2021, Shirazi has been gaining attention far and wide for her acoustic and electro-acoustic music, which a New York Times music critic described as “unfolding with deliberation.” In Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony the audience will enjoy the composer’s Slavonic spirit in an energetic and varied musical landscape.

Program

Jaques Ibert: Allegro scherzando from Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
with Nathan Haghgoo, winner of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition

Aida Shirazi (Ph.D., composition, ’21): Meditations on Departure (World Premiere)
with Anssi Karttunen, cello

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

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


Mondavi Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Recital: Rebecca Wang, percussion
Senior Recital

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Frank Zappa: Black Page No. 1

Askell Masson: Prim

Keiko Abe: Wind the Bamboo Grove

Michio Kitazume: Side by Side

Gene Koshinski: As One

Anders Koppel: Toccata for Vibraphone and Marimba

Free​

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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