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Announcement Phil Daley

Grad Student Serena Yang Awarded Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship
American Musicological Society

The Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship for a minority graduate study in musicology for 2019 was awarded to UC Davis music graduate student Serena Yang. She is the first UC Davis student to earn the Brown fellowship from the American Musicological Society.

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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 Phil Daley

Busse Berger Elected an Honorary Member
American Musicological Society

Distinguished Professor of Music Anna Maria Busse Berger was elected an honorary member of the American Musicological Society (AMS) at their 2019 meeting in Boston. According to the AMS By-laws, Honorary and Corresponding members of the AMS are those scholars “who have made outstanding contributions to furthering its stated object and whom the Society wishes to honor.”

Announcement Phil Daley

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 Phil Daley

Works for Violin or Trombone and Piano
Works by the Schumanns

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Gabrielle Wunsch, violin
UC Davis Lecturer in Music Bruce Chrisp, trombone
with Jeff LaDeur, piano

Works by the Schumanns

Robert: Sonata No. 1 in A Minor for Violin and Piano

Robert: Three Romances for Oboe and Piano (played on trombone)

Clara: Three Romances for Violin and Piano

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event Christina Acosta

Lecture: Kjetil Klette-Bøhler, ethnomusicologist
Oslo Metropolitan University

Room 266, Everson Hall

Kjetil Klette-Bøhler is Associate Professor at the Institute of Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) at Oslo Metropolitan University. As a musicologist (University of Oslo, 2013), his research focuses on groove, music and politics in Cuba and Brazil. His talk is based on a book project about the aesthetics and politics of timba music in Cuba.

Everson Hall, Davis, CA
Event

Maximilian Haft, violin
Graduate Student Works

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Works by UC Davis graduate student composers for solo violin—

Trey Makler: Three Trinkets​
Emily Joy Sullivan: Pavane
Adam Strawbridge: have a nice day :)​
Joseph VasindaAs Close to Peace as You Can Get with Electronics

—plus a solo violin and electronics piece by Jürg Frey titled distant colors.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

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

Jazz Bands of UC Davis
Fall Concert

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

UC Davis Lecturer in Music Otto Lee, director

Works by Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter.

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

Music department lecturer Otto Lee makes his concert debut as director of the UC Davis Jazz Bands on Nov. 21.

The concert’s program features compositions by jazz masters Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and others.

Lee is a saxophonist, educator and composer who received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental jazz performance and a master’s degree in music performance from California State University, Fresno. He completed his doctoral degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Music in 2017. He has performed as a freelance musician in Denver, the Bay Area and throughout the Central Valley.

The 7 p.m. concert is in the Ann E. Pitzer Center. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $12 for students and may be purchased through MondaviArts.org, by phone at 530-754-2787, or at the door.

Lee will also lead the Jazz Combos of UC Davis in a free concert on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Pitzer Center.

 

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event Phil Daley

Percussion Ensemble
Fall Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Percussion Ensemble of UC Davis
Chris Froh, director
UC Davis Lecturer in Music
—with guest instructor and marimba player Mayumi Hama

UC Davis Professor of Music Pablo Ortiz: Dos Marimbas
(a World Premiere)
Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, marimbas

Keiko Abe: The Wave for Solo Marimba and Percussion Quartet
featuring Mayumi Hama

Masaki Endo: Negan Jongara for Solo Marimba

Mark Ford: Head Talk for Percussion Quintet

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event Christina Acosta

Schola Cantorum
Fall Quarter

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Caleb Lewis, director
UC Davis Lecturer in Music

Works include—

Jacques Arcadelt: Il bianco e dolce cigno

Orlando di Lasso: Matona, mia cara

John Farmer: Fair Phyllis 

Clément Janequin: La Guerre

Billy Joel: And So It Goes

Jason Mraz: I’m Yours

The Beatles: Blackbird

—with guests from Baroque and Early Music Chamber Ensembles, directed by Phebe Craig.

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event Christina Acosta

UC Davis
Symphony Orchestra

"Dialogues and Poetry"

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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

Strauss: Don Juan

Lutosławski: Chain II
with Maximilian Haft, violin

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
with Leyla Kabuli

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

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music director and conductor Christian Baldini, opens its season with one of the more flashy openings in all of the standard symphonic repertoire. Strauss’s Don Juan is a remarkable tour-de-force for the entire orchestra. It is a twenty-minute orchestral tone poem that parallels the fictional story of Don Juan, which originated as early as 1630 and inspired—among others—Mozart to write his opera Don Giovanni

Maestro Baldini is very fond of the music by Richard Strauss, having conducted several of his tone poems in previous seasons. “Strauss wrote Don Juan when he was only 24, and this is considered a revolutionary piece in many ways, from its great breadth of virtuosity to its cunning characterization of different moments in the poem by Nikolaus Lenau, on which it is based,” said Baldini. “I chose to pair one of the most energetic, dramatic and poetic works of the symphonic literature with two beautiful and very different concertos, which feature the soloist in a very different way – from the exquisite Romantic, lyrical vein of Rachmaninov, to the extraordinary and imaginative sound world of Lutosławski.”

Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is quintessentially Romantic; tuneful as it is virtuosic. For all the piano soloist’s dazzling passages, Rachmaninov wrote unforgettable melodies for the strings. The piece’s success is one of the many reasons Rachmaninov is remembered for his concertos more than his other works. The soloist, Leyla Kabuli, is a previous member of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, albeit as a violinist. She was for three seasons pianist of the prestigious San Francisco Youth Orchestra, and is pursuing her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science as a Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholar. Kabuli has performed extensively on piano, including as a soloist with several California symphony orchestras and on National Public Radio’s program for accomplished young performers called “From the Top.” She currently studies with Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with Michael Seth Orland, who teaches at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

Sacramento-born violinist Maximilian Haft performs the solo violin role in Chain II. Lutosławski wrote three major works late in his life by the name “Chain,” which illustrate the musical idea in the composition that each element overlaps and also sequences in a specific order. Chain II is the most concerto-like of the three, and at several points the orchestra reacts (at the direction of the conductor), but not exactly in time. In this way the work has the feeling of a dialogue. Max Haft recently performed Chain II with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, which was well received. He performs with several important contemporary ensembles in Europe, but also plays jazz and pop music. He often performs with White Hinterland, The Eef van Breen Group, and HHHJ, a group devoted to splicing together chamber music and free jazz.

 

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

Talk: Sharmi Basu
“Decolonizing Sound”

Sound Lab, Art Annex

Sharmi Basu is an Oakland born and based South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi’s primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and more. Her workshops on “Decolonizing Sound” have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music, the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and have reached international audiences. She performs almost 100 times a year and has toured through the United States and Canada as well as internationally in Europe.

Art Annex, Davis, CA 95616

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