“It will be an extraordinary journey!” said the ensemble’s
director Matilda Hofman. “I believe the ‘St. John Passion’ has
not been performed at UC Davis in decades, and the students are
all so excited to be part of this great work of art. It is an
exciting collaboration between the Early Music Ensemble, the UC
Davis Baroque Ensemble as well as members of the Davis High
School Baroque Ensemble.”
The UC Davis Green Big Band will perform a jazz rendition of
the operetta song “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” by
Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II from the 1928 operetta
“The New Moon” in a modern arrangement by Manricks. Also on the
list are “Jazz Police” by Gordon Goodwin, written around 2003,
and “Groove Merchant” by Jerome Richardson, written in the late
1960s and arranged by Thad Jones.
Pianist Richard Glazier, an expert in the music of George
Gerswhin (and his era) who has performed Rhapsody in
Blue nationally and internationally, will appear
with the Concert Bands of UC Davis on Friday, June 1, for a
performance of a band-and-piano version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody
in Blue” at 7 p.m. in the Mondavi Center, under the direction
of faculty member Pete Nowlen.
Rimsky-Korsakov is widely considered to have been a master of
orchestration, and “Scheherezade” contains what many regard to
be the most striking and vivid musical depiction of a storm at
sea in all of the orchestral repertoire.
This year’s “Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis”
showcases the work and research of graduate students across
seven disciplines — art studio, design, art history, music,
theatre, creative writing and French — at the Manetti Shrem
Music’s Sam Clark-McHale, Jonathan Favero, Ryan Suleiman and
Sarah Wald will be featured in this interdisciplinary show.
New compositions by UC Davis Associate Professor of Music
and composer Kurt Rohde and graduate student Addie Camsuzou
recently premiered in the Bay area. Writer Jessica Balik for San
Francisco Classical Voice caught a performance and wrote
favorably of the new works.
Rohde composed music for “Three Scented Candles” with text
by Scott Hunter and ’s texts, while Camsuzou created music
for “Opens Lark in its Constellation” with text by Luke
ABS Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas earned star
status with his peerless work on the podium. The suites (like
other Baroque works) can turn busy and dutiful when they’re
played too much for speed and showiness.
Writing It wasn’t a dream made Rohde
realize that a similar collaborative project would likely be
fruitful for graduate students in both departments. On
Saturday, the musicians presented two new works from this
Local philanthropist and lover of music Grace Noda (née Imamoto)
died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, surrounded by family and
music. She was 98 years old. She leaves behind a legacy of
kindness to others.
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
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
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
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
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.