A free concert featuring music by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis — perhaps best known in this country for his music for the films “Zorba the Greek” (1964), “Z” (1969) and “Serpico” (1973) — will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Pitzer Center on the UC Davis campus.
A distinctive series of events featuring collaborative efforts between a number of UC Davis composers, as well as writers and musicians from UC Davis and elsewhere, will take place during May. Included will be recent works by UC Davis faculty composer and violist Kurt Rohde; poet Diane Seuss, visiting from Michigan…”
Fries and Sulieman are one of six duos from the College of Letters and Science music and English departments that have collaborated on works for voice, piano and some electronics. The pieces will be premiered by the Brooklyn Art Song Society at the “Creative Writing” concert May 10.
The [violin] concerto is known for its mix of Hungarian folk melodies, Bulgarian dance rhythms, modern microtonality and references to Medieval and Renaissance music — including the composer’s use of scordatura (an alternate tuning of the violin that was used by Baroque composer H.I.F. Biber in some of his violin sonatas).
UC Davis graduate student Josiah Catalan won first place in the 2017 NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA) Composition Competition for his piece titled Wanderlust, written for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.
Laurie San Martin, professor of music, will receive the Andrew Imbrie Award in music given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. San Martin is among the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000.
Aida Shirazi, graduate student in composition, will have her “Vestiges” for strings and flute premieres on March 12 by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in an evening titled “Sonnets to Orpheus.” The performance takes place in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will be repeated on March 17 at Berkeley Hillside Club at 7:30 p.m.
Esther DeLozier, a graduate student in music, has been appointed to the 2018 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. She will be working with the California Arts Council on a review of their public arts grant-making programs.
To explain his Visions, Messiaen wrote about multiple definitions of what “Amen” might mean. These various meanings loosely inspire his seven-movement piece. A little like these multiple meanings, the short pieces by Castro and Acimovic appealed to different aspects of Messiaen’s idiosyncratic compositional style.
Conductor Jeffrey Thomas, a longtime member of the UCD music faculty, will lead the performance of the Schubert Mass in G, which was composed early in Schubert’s all-too-brief career… The program also includes two orchestral works by English composer Elgar, both of which will be conducted by doctoral candidate Jonathan Spatola-Knoll.
Compositions by graduate students Philip Acimovic and Christopher Castro are to have their world premieres in an upcoming Left Coast Chamber Ensemble concert. Acimovic’s Reverent Murmurs for Two Pianos and Castro’s IV-I for Two Pianos are included in the program Visions de l’Amen.
The concert will be performed in two Bay area venues, first on Feb. 1 and 3 at the Berkeley Piano Club, then on Feb. 5 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Professor Christopher Reynolds was elected an honorary member of the American Musicological Society (AMS) at their 2017 meeting in Rochester, New York, along with Thomas Forrest Kelly, Malena Kuss, and Judy Tsou.
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.”
And there will be a piece titled “Binge Delirium” for solo percussion by Yu-Hui Chang (born 1970), a native of Taiwan who taught at UC Davis for seven years, then joined the music faculty at Brandeis University, where she had previously earned her Ph.D. in 2006.
Professor of Music Kurt Rohde has been busy exploring new territory in recent years – the voice. “I like the voice, be it sung, spoken, snoring or muttering,” said the composer, who has been at UC Davis for 11 years. His one-act opera Death With Interruptions takes place at the Ann E. Pitzer Center on Nov. 11.
Classical works that were inspired by humanity and nature form the basis of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Sunday, Nov. 5. Jeffrey Thomas, Barbara K. Jackson Professor of Music and director of the American Bach Soloists, will conduct.
The program includes Edward Elgar’s “Sospiri,” Claude Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune,” Gustav Mahler’s “Blumine” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Pini di Roma.” Ellen Ruth Rose, viola, and the University Chorus join the orchestra for a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Flos Campi.”
Music composition doctoral candidate Daniel Godsil has been awarded the 2017 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition. His Aeropittura for flute, viola, cello, and piano, will be performed by the Earplay chamber ensemble in March in San Francisco.