A thunderclap which begins a piano concerto. A symphony
anxiously written over 21 years. A first performance of a new
work commissioned by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra by an
“interdisciplinary artist … not constrained to logic and
reason.” These are the ‘new frontiers’ the UC Davis Symphony
Orchestra will explore in this program.
Maya Miro Johnson: New Work (World Premiere)
On a commission from the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra,
Miro Johnson is writing a new work to be premiered on this
concert. She approaches music composition from an
interdisciplinary space, without restraint, and often
concerning unanswerable questions about the human condition
and its biological systems.
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
with Roger Xia
Ravel used virtuosity as the main ingredient in his G-Major Piano
Concerto, with—at times—flavors of jazz, and elements of
Stravinsky and Saint-Saëns.
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1
It took Johannes Brahms, living in the shadow of Beethoven, more
than two decades to write his First Symphony. The result was a
new symphonic form that arced towards the final movement rather
than entirely rising from the first movement.
In a program of music written entirely by living composers, the
choruses at UC Davis perform works ideal for intimate concert
venues such as the Pitzer Center. The repertoire incorporates
many different choral traditions, including American
Spirituals (“The Storm is Passing Over,” arranged by Barbara
Baker), Venezuelan folk songs (“La Paloma” by Cristian Grases),
Filipino or Visayan folk songs (“Rosas Pandan,” arranged by
George Hernandez), and modern choral harmonies (as in Marques
Garrett’s “My Heart Be Brave”).
The “I Exist Project”
amplifies the richness and diversity of queer life, culture,
and artistry by partnering with a broad spectrum of talented
queer composers and performers. Our mission is to inspire the
creation and promotion of innovative queer repertoire that
celebrates the unique experiences and voices within our
community, fostering greater understanding, connection, and
visibility for all.
Selections by Trey Makler (jouissance, or learning to let
go), Jennifer Higdon, Spencer Arias, Xenia St. Charles
Iris Llyllyth, Peter Dayton, and more’.
Experience the exciting Afro-Brazilian musical traditions, with
master drummer and candomblé player Jorge Alabê. Friends of
Alabê’s and the UC Davis Samba School will join together under
his direction for this concert. For more than two decades,
Alabê gave worldwide tours with Samba groups he directed,
including Oba Oba. Alabê is a renowned teacher and innovator,
and now directs Grupo Samba Rio in San Francisco.
“State of Being” is an autobiographical concert experience
for one vocalist, Emily Thorner, and electronics. It is
comprised almost entirely of commissioned works written
specifically for Emily’s unique voice by a multi-national
lineup of living composers.
Garrett Mendelow: Voices of Consequence
Kaley Lane Eaton: Bad News
Max Hundelshausen: (this sentence here fills the)
A concert featuring several rising-star conductors, each
taking the podium to conduct the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
and soloists in operatic repertoire. This concert is the apex
of three days of intensive rehearsals and workshops with
renowned conductors and coaches in opera.
featuring the voices of Volti (San Francisco) • Robert
Geary, Artistic Director
and UC Davis Professor of Music Pierpaolo Polzonetti, narrator
Italian composer Luciano Berio pioneered electronic elements in
his scores, and in his homage to the 13th-century poet Dante
Alighieri, he laid a musical fabric (which includes recorded
audio) against a collection of poems called “Laborintus” by
Edoardo Sanguineti, which is spoken throughout the music. The
result is Berio’s “Laborintus II.”