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.
Music composition doctoral student Aida Shirazi’s “Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano” is being performed by the Sierra Ensemble on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco.
We are pleased to announce that the Sacramento Business Journal named the Ann E. Pitzer Center a Best Real Estate Project of 2017. We are grateful and proud of the work LPAS Architecture + Design and Kitchell have done to bring this building to life. The students and community of UC Davis love using this great space.
UC Davis selected music department graduate student Hannah Adamy (ethnomusicology) as their Graduate Student Researcher for “Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Learning” for 2017–18.
As part of the new strategic plan, UC Davis has a desire to fund community-informed arts initiatives. Adamy will be helping Michael Rios, the faculty advisor to the Provost, to design a plan to make this happen. She will be researching other institutions with these kinds of community-engaged arts programs and compiling data about them.
Jessie Ann Owens, former dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science, and professor of music at UC Davis, has been appointed the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, for Fall 2015. I Tatti is the foremost research institution in the world for Italian Renaissance art, history, literature, and music, and the visiting professorship is an appointment of Harvard University.
Music composition doctoral student Aida Shirazi’s “Lullaby for Shattered Angels” is being performed as part of the inaugural “New Music from the Islamic World” series at Music at the Anthology (MATA) in New York July 8.
Music professor Kurt Rohde’s “Power Is Everywhere” songs will have its world premiere in San Francisco May 30. Rohde’s songs are a kind of companion piece to Maurice Ravel’s Chansons madécasses that will also be part of the “Francophilia” concert by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.
Rohde’s music in “Power is Everywhere” is set to the writings of Michel Foucault, the 20th century philosopher and literary critic.
“I find the writings and lectures of this groundbreaking thinker to be direct, anything but simple, and yet always so clear,” said Rohde. “The singer is the observer, actor and deliverer of the message; she is not there to simply sing the text – she is there to instigate the way the music unfolds.”
He calls it a “a surreal singspiel” influenced by opera, song cycles and theater.
The concert, which will also be performed in Berkeley June 1, will also include works by Debussy, Massenet and Rorem. Nikki Edenfield will be the singer.
Rhode, a violist who is a member of Left Coast, recently completed works for the Lyris Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet and eighth blackbird. His opera, “Death with Interruptions,” premiered in March 2015, will be performed at UC Davis Nov. 11 and 12.
UC Davis cello student Angelica Rojas won the Senior Division in the local California Music Educators Association competition. Angelica will perform in the Sacramento Section’s Winners Recital in the fall, will be given a cash award, and will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in the fall of 2018. Also, UC Davis alumnus Stephanie Sugano won best teacher in the Placer County chapter of the CMEA.
Grace and Grant Noda, long-time supporters of the UC Davis Department of Music and the original donors for creation of the Ann E. Pitzer Center, will be honored at a noon concert and reception May 25.
The long-time Davis residents made the initial $1.5 million donation that eventually led to construction of the Pitzer Center which houses a recital hall and music department facilities. The lobby of the center is named for them.
Philip Acimovic, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition, has received a Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018.
Acimovic’s dissertation analyzes three musical works from different eras that challenge established musical conventions of clarity, intent and perception: “Musical Offering” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1747), “Holiday Symphony” by Charles Ives (1913) and “Melodien” by György Ligeti (1971).
Audio engineer Steve Bingen for the UC Davis Department of Music has been profiled by Jeff Hudson of the Davis Enterprise. Read Hudson’s article that takes you behind the scenes prior to and during a concert and the ability to watch a Pitzer Center performance on your computer.
Graduate student Sarah Messbauer has been awarded the coveted President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship for academic year 2017–18. In addition to a stipend, Messbauer has been invited to attend the prestigious Annual Meeting of President’s Predoctoral Fellows and Dissertation Year Fellows sponsored by the UC Office of the President.
Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology Hannah Adamy was awarded the Charlotte Frisbee Student Paper Prize. Adamy’s paper, “Sounding Absence: Tanya Tagaq’s Theoretical Intervention at Polaris,” has been awarded this prize. The prize recognizes the most distinguished student paper in ethnomusicology of Indigenous music research presented at the SEM annual meeting. The prize comes with an award of $100.