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Faculty Featured in Camellia Symphony Concert

Professor Christian Baldini, music director and conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, conducts the Camellia Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 25. The program is titled “Endless Melodies” and features Se fue Mendoza, a new work by Juan Diego Díaz, assistant professor of music.  

Announcement

Kurt Rohde Interviewed in Solar Journal

The editors of Solar Journal recently interviewed Professor Kurt Rohde who discussed his collaborative project with artist Marie Lorenz and writer Dana Spiotta. Their new piece, Newtown Odyssey, a floating opera on the Newtown Creek, addresses environmental catastrophe and justice.

Announcement

Aida Shirazi Composition premieres in Bay Area Concert

“Songs of Dionysus, for Two Horns and Electronics,” a world premiere by graduate student in composition Aida Shirazi, will be performed by InterMusic SF grant recipient, Medius Terra Horn Duo on Sept. 19 at Central Stage in Richmond. The performance begins at 4 p.m. 

Announcement

Grants Awarded to Faculty and Alum Compositions

Commissioned works for string quartets by Professor Kurt Rohde and lecturer and alum Christopher Castro (PhD, composition, ‘18) have been awarded grants by the Chamber Music America (CMA) Classical Commissioning program. The grants support professional U.S.-based ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of classical contemporary chamber works by American composers.

Upcoming Events

Event

NO NOON CONCERT

Event

Aleck Karis, piano

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Aleck Karis, piano and Distinguished Professor of Music at UC San Diego

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Aleck Karis has performed recitals, chamber music, and concertos across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and China. As the pianist of the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae, he has participated in over a hundred premieres and performed at major American and European festivals. His appearances with orchestra have ranged from concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, to those of Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Carter. His seven solo recordings on Bridge Records are Chopin/Carter/Schumann, Mozart, Stravinsky, Cage, Feldman/Webern/Wolpe, Poulenc, and most recently, Debussy. His two recordings on Roméo Records are titled Music of Philip Glass and Late Chopin. A Distinguished Professor of Music at UC San Diego, he has studied at the Manhattan School and Juilliard, and his teachers include William Daghlian, Artur Balsam, and Beveridge Webster.

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Graduate Student Compositions from the Percussion Composition Workshop

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chris Froh, percussion and UC Davis lecturer in music

Works by UC Davis graduate student composers—

Sarah Wald: Addition, Subtraction

Trey Makler: storybook I

Emily Joy Sullivan: subito

Jacob Lane: Off Noon

Daniel Godsil: Into Gold for multiple percussion solo + fixed audio/video

Free

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Golden West Winds

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Gustav Holst: Jupiter from The Planets

Antonín Dvořák: Selections from String Quartet No. 12 (“American”)

Valerie Coleman: Tzigane

Jeff Scott: Oblivion

Laurie San Martin, UC Davis Professor of Music: Golden West Miniatures WORLD PREMIERE

Valerie Coleman: Umoja

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Empyrean Ensemble: “New Music from Davis”
Sam Nichols, director

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Program

Mika Pelo, UC Davis Professor of Music: Sunken Cathedrals​ WORLD PREMIERE

Works by UC Davis graduate student composers—

Trey Makler: Handle with Care WORLD PREMIERE 

Ryan Suleiman: vox mysterium WORLD PREMIERE 

Aida Shirazi: Crystalline Trees WORLD PREMIERE 

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Traditional and New Music for Koto

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Shoko Hikage, koto (Japanese zither)
with guests Michiyo Koga, koto
and Naoko, shamisen (three-string long necked lute)

Program

Hyo-shin Na: The Sky Was beyond Description for Koto and Bass Koto (2014)

Tadao Sawai: Uneri (wind blowing to and fro) for Koto (1969)

Takeo Kudo: Hidden Ponds II for Koto (2020)

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA
Event

Viola Quartets

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Ellen Ruth Rose, viola and UC Davis lecturer in music

Kurt Rohde, viola and Professor of Music

Zoe Kemmerling, viola (‘07)

Matthew Curtis, viola and graduate student in biomedical engineering, and principal viola of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Maya True-Fogel, viola and undergraduate student in music

Samantha Sharp, viola and graduate student in civil and environmental engineering

Program

Daniel Rudning: Variations on a Theme by Holst WORLD PREMIERE

Ichiro Nodaira​: Ciaccona, a transcription of Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin, BWV 1004, by J.S. Bach (2000)

Free
a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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