The Sacramento Saturday Club has awarded UC Davis undergraduate music major Mira Huang—a soprano and undergraduate peer advisor—a $500 scholarship. The Sacramento Saturday Club was organized on December 9, 1893. It is the oldest musical organization in Sacramento—and one of the oldest west of the Rockies.
“Sing High” composed by Christopher Castro, alum now lecturer, has its world premiere on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Professor Christian Baldini, performs the piece as part of their program, “Past, Present & Future.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at C.K. McClatchy High School Auditorium in Sacramento. There is a pre-concert talk beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Submissions are now open for new works by student filmmakers for Film Fest @ UC Davis 2019. Celebrating its 19th year, the committee is seeking short films no longer than eight minutes in length (including credits) by April 12. Entries are open to all UC Davis students and recent graduates.
The festival will be held May 8 and 9 at the Varsity Theatre in downtown Davis. Doors open at 9 p.m. and screenings begin at 9:30 p.m.
Winner of the 2017 Earplay Donald Aird Composition Competition (for his quartet Aeropittura), Daniel Godsil will be a guest composer at Western Illinois Univeristy’s New Music Festival 2019. The Festival takes place in Macomb, IL, March 3-5.
UC Davis music graduate student composer Adam Strawbridge,along with Wyatt Cannon are winners of the SFCMP’s SF Search (call for scores) program. Both winners will have their pieces performed on the Player’s May 2019 concerts at SFJAZZ, which features the music of Julius Eastman and Bay Area composer, improviser, and pianist Myra Melford.
The UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Music is holding auditions for University Chorus on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Music Building. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to audition. There are openings for all voice parts.
Joining the chorus provides singers with the opportunity to perform onstage in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The hall’s superb acoustics are renowned by numerous acclaimed musicians and vocalists who have performed there.
UC Davis alumnus Luciano Chessa (PhD 2004) recently conducted the Mannes Orchestra of the New School in a never-before-heard edition of a symphony written by a modern master composer Julius Eastman. Eastman died in 1990 in relative obscurity as he had spent his remaining years in intermittent periods of homelessness, with many of his belongings—including his scores—lost.
The University Chorus under the direction of Caleb Lewis is currently in rehearsal for “Una Navidad Latina/A Latin Christmas,” featuring Spanish and Latin American Christmas music from the church and the village. Photographer Justin Han attended a recent rehearsal and captured the Chorus developing the concert’s program. All photos by Justin Han, copyright UC Davis.
The Department of Music swings on certain evenings when the Jazz Bands of UC Davis rehearse for their upcoming Nov. 29 concert. Under the direction of Jacám Manricks, the Bands have been working on music by Aretha Franklin, Latin Jazz, Jazz Funk Fusion and a premiere a new suite by Manricks. Photographer Justin Han stopped by the Ann E. Pitzer Center for a rehearsal to capture the musicians working on the concert.
The Department of Music has become a hub for contemporary and new music. During its residency the music collective Ensemble Dal Niente performed the premiere of Erin Gee’s “Mouthpiece 32″ on Nov. 3. Photographer Justin Han stopped by the Ann E. Pitzer Center for a rehearsal the afternoon of the premiere to capture the musicians working on the new piece.
After a ten-year hiatus, the UC Davis Chamber Singers are being re-established this fall under the direction of Caleb Lewis, lecturer and director of choirs. The singers are currently in rehearsal for their first performance scheduled for Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. Photographer Justin Han stopped by a recent rehearsal to capture Lewis working with the singers.
UC Davis alum, Kristin Kirk, an undergraduate music composition major who graduated with Honors in 2017, is featured in an ad for the university’s Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services’ #FirstGenUCDavis campaign. The program spotlights students and alumni who are the first in their families to graduate from college.
A work by UC Davis music department chair and professor Laurie San Martin with words by Lucy Corin, professor of English, will have its world premiere Nov. 18. “Witches” will be performed by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the vocal ensemble Volti Nov. 18 in Berkeley and Nov. 19 in San Francisco.
Keys to Transposition teaches a step-by-step, strategic approach built on key and starting from scales, arpeggios and common patterns. It has several “failsafes” to prevent students from going wrong, and each unit includes excerpts from the orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire, starting with passages with no accidentals and few leaps and gradually adding difficulty. Each standard key also includes at least one duet excerpt.
Experiencing Latin American Music 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.