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Alumna Wins AMS Award

Sarah Justina Eyerly (PhD, musicology and criticism, ‘04) has received the Music in American Culture Award from the American Musicological Society for her book Moravian Soundscapes: A Sonic History of the Moravian Missions in Early Pennsylvania (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Announcement

Faculty, Lecturers and Graduate Composer Alumni Participate in Festival of New American Music

UC Davis music faculty, lecturers, and graduate composer alumni will participate in this year’s virtual Festival of New American Music, taking place at Sacramento State University’s School of Music, Nov. 7–14.

Announcement

Alumna’s Music Premieres at Camellia Symphony Orchestra Concert

Laura Rose Schwartz (B.A., music, ‘13) will have a new work, Figment, performed by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Sacramento. Conducted by Christian Baldini, UC Davis professor of music and music director and conductor of the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Schwartz’s composition was commissioned by the orchestra.

Announcement

Anna Maria Busse Berger Awarded Bruno Nettl Prize

Anna Maria Busse Berger, Distinguished Professor of Music, emeritus, has been awarded the 2021 Bruno Nettl Prize, given by the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), for her book The Search for Medieval Music in Africa and Germany, 1891-1961: Scholars, Singers, MissionariesIt is the second time Busse Berger has won the award from SEM.

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Event

Talks in the Sound Lab: Zachary James Watkins
Performance and Talk

Room 101 (“Sound Lab”), Art Annex

Zachary James Watkins is a composer and electronic music artist. He will be visiting UC Davis’s music department several times over the 2021–22 school year, including a May 2022 performance of his piece Affirmative Action with The Living Earth Show (an artist-in-residence guitar and percussion duo), and working with graduate students in composition and creative writing for their collaborative performance work in late May 2022, titled “See / Hear / Say,” which is funded by the Davis Humanities Institute Research and Arts Clusters Grant.

Watkins has received commissions from Documenta 14, the Kronos Quartet, The Living Earth Show, sfsound, and the Seattle Chamber Players among others. His 2006 composition Suite for String Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition. Zachary has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Mexico, and Europe and his band Black Spirituals opened for pioneering Drone Metal band Earth during their 2015 European tour. In 2008, he premiered a new multi-media work entitled Country Western as part of the Meridian Gallery’s Composers in Performance Series. Zachary completed Documentado / Undocumentado (Moving Parts Press, 2017), a multimedia interactive book in collaboration with Guillermo Gómez Peña, Gustavo Vasquez, Jennifer Gonzalez, and Felicia Rice. Zachary has been an artist-in-residence at the Espy Foundation, Djerassi, and the Headlands Center for The Arts.

Watkins studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Robin Holcomb, and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In 2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, and Pauline Oliveros.

FREE

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  • This performance and talk will not be recorded or livestreamed.

Art Annex, 221 Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616
Event

Jazz Bands of UC Davis

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Otto Lee, director

For their fall 2021 concert, the Jazz Bands of UC Davis perform music by Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Count Basie, Thad Jones and others.  

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

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Concert Band

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Pete Nowlen, director and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

Jack Loh: Canton Folk Song Suite

Samuel Coleridge Taylor: Christmas Overture

Helen May Butler: Cosmopolitan America March

Alton Augustus Adams: Governor’s Own March

Yan Pang: For Archie

Alan Silvestri: Concert Suite from The Polar Express

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults (General Admission)

Mondavi Center, Davis, CA
Event

Violin and Harp

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Jolán Friedhoff, violin and UC Davis lecturer in music
Kerstin Allvin, harp and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major from
Six Trio Sonatas for Organ, BWV 525

Louis Spohr: Potpourri on Themes from Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’
from Sonata Concertante for Violin and Harp, op. 114

Gaetano Donizetti: Sonata for Violin and Harp

Camille Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie pour violon et harpe

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Student Chamber Ensembles

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

The Harp Ensemble will precede the start of the concert in the Grace and Grant Noda Lobby at the Pitzer Center.

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, op. 35

Joaquín Turina: Zambra from Cinco Danzas Gitanas, op. 55

Johannes Brahms: Scherzo from Trio in E-Flat Major, op. 40

Cécile Chaminade: Automne from 6 Études de concert, op. 35

J. S. Bach: ”Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

W. A. Mozart: Duo No. 1 in G Major, K. 423

Johannes Brahms: Andantino grazioso from Clarinet Trio, op. 114

Coordinated by Pete Nowlen, UC Davis lecturer in music

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Percussion Ensemble: “Loose Ends”
Chris Froh, director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program—

Emmanuel Sejourné: Vous Avez du Feu?

Eugene Novotney: Scratch

Alice Gomez: Rainbows

John Cage: Radio Music

Elliot Cole: Postludes

Andy Akiho: Karakurenai

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Choruses of UC Davis: “A World Anew”

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Erik Peregrine, director

Program

The choirs of UC Davis present “A World Anew,” an evening celebrating the joy, resilience, and healing power of singing together. The program will feature all three of UC Davis’s choirs: the University Chorus, the Chamber Singers, and the Early Music Vocal Ensemble, performing repertoire spanning from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries. Highlights include works by Rosephanye Powell, Melissa Dunphy, William Byrd, and Sydney Guillaume, among others.

$12 Students and Children / $24 Adults

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA
Event

“L’Histoire du soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale)
Igor Stravinsky

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Carol A. Hess, narrator and UC Davis Professor of Music
Matilda Hofman, conductor and UC Davis lecturer in music

Ann Lavin, clarinet and UC Davis lecturer in music
Doug Brown, bassoon
Scott Macomber, trumpet
Bruce Chrisp, trombone and UC Davis lecturer in music
Chris Froh, percussion and UC Davis lecturer in music
Dagenais Smiley, violin and UC Davis lecturer in music
Michael Schwagerus, double bass and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program

Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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