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Carol Hess Publishes Book on Copland

Book cover and Carol Hess

Professor Carol A. Hess has published a new book, Aaron Copland in Latin America: Music and Cultural Politics (University of Illinois Press). In it she gives an in-depth examination of the composer’s exchange of music and ideas with Latin American composers. 

Announcement

San Francisco Arts Commission Given to Kurt Rohde
San Francisco Arts Commission

The cover of the "4:30 Movie" book by Donna Masini shows red chairs in a movie theatre. Next to it is a picture of Kurt Rohde in black and white.

Professor Kurt Rohde has been given a 2022 San Francisco Arts Commission fund. The $20,000 commission will be used to support 4:30 Movie, a new twenty-minute micro-opera using poems by Donna Masini published in 4:30 Movie (Norton, 2020). These funny, touching, ruthless poems take the reader through the diagnosis, treatment and death of the author’s sister from cancer. Using the language of how movies are made and consumed, Masini tells the story of her sister’s struggle, and of her grief—both during her treatment and after her death.

Announcement

Rohde and Newtown Creek Alliance Awarded NEA Grant
National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded an Arts Project Grant to the Newtown Creek Alliance, which is in the process of creating a site-specific performance piece composed by Professor Kurt Rohde. The Newtown Creek separates the border of Queens and Brooklyn, and has a history of being one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The piece is called the Newtown Odyssey, which is being actively developed through workshops with artists and local community organizations.

Announcement

Student Compositions Premiere in Bay Area Concerts

Doctoral students Dean Kervin Boursiquot and Trey Makler will have compositions premiered by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble on Jan. 29 and 30 in the Bay Area.

Upcoming Events

Event

Bacchetto / Sabey Duo

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

The Bacchetto / Sabey Duo is a collaborative project of San Francisco-based composer-performers Nick Bacchetto and Ben Sabey. The duo creates new spatial audio works for piano and a custom modular analog synthesizer controlled by an MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) instrument.

Program

Nick Bacchetto: Ratios

Olivier Messiaen: Feuillets inédits 

Benjamin Sabey: The Wine-Dark Sea

Ben Sabey is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and electronic music, lately specializing in expressive polyphonic control of analog synthesis and spatialization.

Nick Bacchetto is a composer and pianist whose creative works derive from a tension between algorithmic and intuitive composition, and explore concepts such as fractal geometry and natural selection.

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert​

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: “Barbara K. Jackson Rising Stars of Opera”

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Christian Baldini, director and conductor
with the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

Since its inception in 2010, Rising Stars of Opera has featured vocal artistry, stirring arias and a glimpse at the opera stars of tomorrow; and every ticket has been free to the public thanks to Barbara K. Jackson. Rekindling an old tradition, we relaunch Rising Stars of Opera with several singers from the acclaimed San Francisco Opera Center performing a wide range of great arias with full orchestral accompaniment from our own UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.

Program

Gaetano Donizetti: “Caro elisir, sei mio” from L’elisir d’amore 

Georges Bizet: “Habanera” from Carmen

Giacomo Puccini: “Signore ascolta” and “Nessun dorma” from Turandot

Francesco Cilea: “Acerba voluttà” from Adriana Lecouvreur 

Jacques Offenbach: “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” from Les Contes d’Hoffmann 

Agustín Lara: Granada

Giacomo Puccini: La bohème (Act I Only)

Free, but tickets are required

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

Trio Foss

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Trio Foss
Hrabba Atladottir, violin
Nina Flyer, cello
Miles Graber, piano

Program

György Kurtág: Varga Bálint Ligaturája

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in E Major, K. 542

Johannes Brahms: Trio No. 2 in C Major, op. 87

A Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Empyrean Ensemble: “Rzewski’s ‘Coming Together’”

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Sam Nichols, director

“Preconcert Discussion from 6:15  to 6:45 pm with Empyrean director Sam Nichols.”

Program

Philip Acimovic (Ph.D. composition ‘18): Echo Flute WORLD PREMIERE

Annea Lockwood: Immersion

Composed by New Zealand-born American composer Annea Lockwood, Immersion (1998) for marimba and two tam-tams was written for Dominic Donato and Frank Cassara and arranged for the Talujon Percussion Quartet in 2001. It grew out of a fascination with the rich beating frequencies generated by long cluster rolls in the low register of the marimba and the interaction between the marimba and a quartz bowl gong tuned to F.

Pablo Ortiz: Flying Objects WORLD PREMIERE
with video by Daniel Godsil (Ph.D. composition ‘21)

Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (Part I)
with Omari Tau, voice

Composed for a flexible number of collaborative performers, Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together was written in response to the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility. Our performance of Coming Together will feature both undergraduate and graduate student instrumentalists, playing alongside the professional musicians of the Empyrean Ensemble. The performance will feature Omari Tau, voice, reciting a text written by Sam Melville that reflects the conditions at Attica during his incarceration there. 

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Ian Jessee, violin
Susan Lamb Cook, cello
Paulo Steinberg, piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ian Jessee, violin
Susan Lamb Cook, cello and UC Davis lecturer in music
Paulo Steinberg, piano

Program

Twentieth-century works by Brazilian composers Camargo Guarnieri, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce.

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert​

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Recital: Rebecca Wang, percussion
Junior Recital

Casey Cangelosi: Meditation No. 1 for Snare Drum

Elliott Carter: March for Timpani

Terry Longshore and Brett Reed: Boom
with Jackson Orlando

Keiko Abe: Memories of the Seashore for Marimba

Event

Magela Herrera Quartet

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center
Magela Herrera Quartet

Magela Herrera, flute and voice
Yorgis Garcia, bass
Yissy Calzadilla, drums
Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, piano

Program

To be announced.

 

a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Magela Herrera Quartet: “Works by Graduate Students”

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

New songs by UC Davis graduate student composers—

Peter Chatterjee: Escondido

Trey Makler: Night City

Dean Kervin Boursiquot: Soft Pillow (talk)

Joseph Vasinda: Footprints

Emily Joy Sullivan: Fontanelles 

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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