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
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
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
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.
Kurt Rohde has received a two-year appointment (2017-2019) as a
curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.
In this capacity, each curator is encouraged to realize their own
vision, and to encourage artists to do the same. As a group,
their responsibility is to make the best possible use of the
Center’s resources to create concerts and special events that
embody the values of diversity, inclusion, and excellence.
Fawzi Haimor, an
alumnus of UC Davis and the Indiana School of Music has been
named the music director of the Württembergische Philharmonic in
the town of Reutlingen, just south of Stuttgart, Germany.
Fawzi Haimor has been named music director of
the Württembergische Philharmonie after a unanimous vote
by the musicians. He was selected from 18 auditioning
candidates. Local media have introduced him as ‘an
American of Arab roots’ (“Amerikaner mit arabischen Wurzeln”).
The Society for Ethnomusicology has awarded the 2016 Bruno Nettl
prize to Henry
Spiller for his recent book, Javaphilia. The prize,
awarded annually and comes with a $500 award, recognizes ”an
outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the
history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined,
or with the general character, problems, and methods of
UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus D. Kern Holoman returns
to the classroom this fall to teach his Music 10: Introduction to
Musical Literature. And now it will be offered in the recital
hall of the soon-to-open Ann E. Pitzer Center.
A momentous performance of “Carmina Burana” featuring the UC
Davis University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Boychoir
conducted by music MFA student Garrett Rigsby received
outstanding praise in the Sacramento Press.
Jonathan Favero (Ph.D. student in composition) was recently
selected to be part of the inaugural Mellon Public Scholars
Cohort at UC Davis for 2015-16 . The ten members of the cohort
represent eight different departments and programs, and their
interests address issues and problems in history, education,
incarceration, gentrification, and citizenship.
Serena Yang (Ph.D. student in musicology) was awarded the Nippon
Foundation Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. The
fellowship will allow Serena to pursue language study at the
prestigious Inter-University Center for Japanese language studies
in Yokohama and join a cohort of Nippon research fellows.
The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform a program titled
“Parisian Russians” on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the
Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Featured will be works by
three composers — Igor Stravinsky, Serge Koussevitzky and
Sergei Prokofiev — who were all born in
czarist Russia in the late 1800s. They all departed Russia
due to the social turbulence that accompanied the Russian
Revolution of 1917, lived in Paris for a time during the years
between the world wars and then settled (for at least a
while) in the United States.
On Saturday, April 30, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under
the baton of music director and conductor Christian Baldini,
will close its 53rd season with a concert titled “Magnificent
Spirit” at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento City College Performing
Four faculty members from the University of California, Davis
have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
including Christopher A. Reynolds, professor of music. They are
among 213 scientists, artists, writers and leaders in business,
politics and philanthropy to be selected this year.
Music professor Laurie San Martin has been awarded
a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
The fellowship will provide funding for San Martin, who has
taught at UC Davis since 2001, to do research and compose works
for the San Francisco vocal ensemble Volti and New York’s Cygnus
here to read the complete article on the College of
Letters & Science news page.
Audiences can try an afternoon of Javanese-style music and
storytelling at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Mondavi Center’s
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, as Javanese-born musician and
storyteller Midiyanto performs with the Bay Area-based ensemble
Gamelan Sari Raras in a program titled Wayang Kulit.
Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the
Pan American Dream byUC Davis Music Professor
Carol A. Hess (Oxford
University Press, 2013) was referenced by William
Robin in a feature profiling composer Alberto Ginastera
for The New York Times. The extensive article,
“Protecting Alberto Ginastera From
Oblivion,“ celebrates the late composer’s
centennial and his place in Latin American