“That the overtures are as much of a pleasure to listen to as the arias is thanks to the exceptional qualities of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) under conductor Christian Baldini—never rushing, usually finding the perfect tempo in common with his and Robin Ticciati’s predecessor in perfect SCO Mozart, Sir Charles Mackerras.”
From their annual summer festival to their subscription series of concerts, American Bach Soloists has made an impact on the early vocal music scene in the Bay Area. So it’s no surprise the group won this category with 51.21% of the vote, followed by Schola Cantorum (31.76%) and the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (17.03%) — also fantastic choral performers.
Just because a group invokes Bach in its very name doesn’t mean there isn’t room for it to explore the music of other composers. The American Bach Soloists proved the point on Thursday with a grand, and even grandiose, account of a little-known operatic gem of the French Baroque, Marin Marais’ 1709 opus Sémélé….
This sparkling recording features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Christian Baldini conducting a personal selection of arias from six of Mozart’s well-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures. The soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier prize, is the featured soprano and she brings character and depth of understanding to her performance.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic environment at UC Davis through active engagement with faculty and fellow students, along with excellent academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in the music major.
Jessica M. Gutierrez is the first music and Native American studies major to receive a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research since it was established in 1994.
Each year up to two graduating seniors who have completed outstanding research, scholarship or creative activity tied to any academic subject while at UC Davis are awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
One of the after-school tutoring program in Davis, known as the Bridge Program, pairs select Davis High School and UC Davis students with elementary school students in Davis. The mission statement of the program is:
Richard Cionco and the UC Davis University Chorus will be featured in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy — a work dating from 1808. The 18-minute piece include some musical material that would later appear (in different and grander form) in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 1824.
The American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress are pleased to present a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the division’s collections. Open to the public, the series is held in the Library’s famed Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building. It is the same room that Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring premiered in, with Martha Graham.
Stepans grew up in northern part of East Bay — specifically the Kensington/El Cerrito/Albany area. “I have played horn since the fourth grade, but have only really started practicing it in the last four years,” he said. “Before that, I played football and wrestled in high school so there was no time to play horn in between sports and school.”
The second half of the program will feature Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”) as arranged by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn. Mahler composed “Das Lied von der Erde” between 1907 and 1909, after a trio of personal disasters overtook him (the death of his eldest daughter from scarlet fever and diphtheria, his forced resignation from the Vienna Court Opera, and the diagnosis of a fatal heart condition). He described this as his most personal work, but he did not live long enough to hear it performed.
I originally came in as a double math and music major, but I realized that with the way each degree is structured, it would be difficult to finish both within four years. One of my professors, Dr. Kern Holoman, showed such passion and expertise in a beginning music history course that I realized I wanted to be a music major.
“It is scored for an extremely unusual orchestra: quintuple woodwinds (including a heckelphone, similar to a bass oboe), eight horns, six trumpets, five trombones (including a contrabass trombone, that we are borrowing from the San Francisco Symphony), two tubas, celesta, two harps and 14 percussionists — including a siren — plus orchestral strings.”