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Events
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 2 – 3:30pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
Revision/s Music Festival: Living Earth Show

The Revision/s festival comprises three concerts (Jan. 18-20) featuring top-flight professional musicians performing new works by emerging composers, including two UC Davis graduate students. All of the composers have the opportunity to revise and refine their works with feedback from the performers.

Today’s program: Works by Christine Burke and Laura Schwartz (Revision/s composer fellows), performed by the San Francisco-based Living Earth Show, comprising Travis Andrews on electric guitar and Andy Meyerson on percussion.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 7 – 9pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
Faculty Recital: Jolán Friedhoff, violin

Stravinsky: Suite Italienne

Respighi: Sonata in B Minor

Schubert: Sonatina

Jolán Friedhoff, violin, and Antoinette Perry, piano, will perform the popular Suite Italienne, an arrangement of several movements from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, written in 1919 and inspired by music attributed to Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Less well known, and seldom played, is another work on the program from the 20th century: the Sonata in B Minor by Ottorino Respighi was written in 1917. Despite being a ‘modern’ work, the sonata is written in a fluid, romantic style. A sonatina by Franz Schubert rounds out the program. Jolán and Antoinette met when they were graduate students at the University of Texas, Austin, and have performed together several times, both in Europe and in the USA.

Jolán Friedhoff relocated to Davis after serving as assistant concertmaster of the Saar State Opera Orchestra, Germany, for 20 years. She also served as concertmaster of the Sinfonietta Saarbrucken for five seasons. Prior to joining the Saar State Opera Orchestra, she was a member of the first violin sections of the Rhine Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Hungarica. Since her return to California, she has performed as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster for a number of orchestras in the region, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Modesto Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony and the Bear Valley Music Festival. Friedhoff teaches violin at UC Davis, where she also regularly coaches chamber ensembles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Indiana, and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.

Antoinette Perry, born to professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of four. Since then, she has appeared throughout the US, Europe, and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists, including John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Brooks Smith, David Shifrin, Gabor Rejto, Henri Temianka, Joaquin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, Froydis ReeWekre and actors Michael York and Walter Matthau. She has performed with members of the American, Chicago, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Los Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia, and Takacs String Quartets, and also with principals of the L.A., New York, Rotterdam and the Hague Philharmonics, the Concertgebau, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Gulbenkian and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras, the Chicago, St. Louis, Toronto, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the L.A. and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. Perry teaches at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Friday, February 23, 2018 | 7 – 9pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
Lydian String Quartet: "Mind Like Water"

Thomas Adès: Arcadiana
Yu-Hui Chang: Mind Like Water
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Oasis
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Quartet No. 9 (“Last Ground”)
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 5

Water courses through this program, in turn symbolizing life, death, flowing motion, peaceful repose and raging violence. Five unique compositional voices guide us on a visionary journey from the fragmentary, lost idylls of Thomas Adès, to the pulsing waves of Philip Glass.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 7 – 9pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
“Guruguha”  Music of South India

A program celebrating the birthday and musical contributions of one of the most celebrated composers of South India, Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

Muthuswamy Dikshitar used the signature “Guruguha” in his compositions and he is one of the most important composers of Carnatic (South Indian) classical music. Guruguha is a Sanskrit compound which translates as the “Teacher who is Guha.” Guha is the name of the deity of secret wisdom, of love and war, known more commonly as Murukan. Dikshitar became “Guruguha” when, after Guha himself is said to have placed a hard candy on Dikshitar’s tongue, he spontaneously burst into song in praise of Guha. The resulting song is set to raga Mayamalvagowla, the first raga that students of Carnatic music learn.

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 7 – 9pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
Faculty Recital: Michael Goldberg

Antonio Lauro: 3 Waltzes

Manual de Falla: Homenaje (Homage to Debussy)

Maurice Ohana: Tiento (Homage to de Falla)

J. S. Bach: BWV 1010 (Cello Suite in E-Flat Major)

Dusan Bogdanovic: Sonata No. 2

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Etude 7 and 11

Isaac Alben: Mallorca, Cadiz, and Sevilla

Michael Goldberg, guitar, has toured throughout the United States as part of the Alma Duo, an ensemble of violin / viola and guitar, and is also a longtime member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to contemporary music performance. He has also been featured with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Philharmonia Baroque, Santa Rosa Symphony, Festival Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Composers Inc., Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Diablo Valley Ballet, and many other Bay Area groups. Goldberg teaches at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the California Jazz Conservatory, and maintains a private teaching practice in Berkeley.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 3 – 5pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
UC Davis Baroque Ensemble and the Davis High School Baroque Orchestra

Phebe Craig, Michael Sand, and Angelo Moreno, directors

Program to be announced.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 7 – 9:30pmAnn E. Pitzer Center
Jazz Bands of UC Davis

The Jazz Bands of UC Davis will perform works that include Afro-Cuban classics and modern standards in an exciting evening of jazz music.

For a free opportunity to listen to one of UC Davis’s jazz combos, come to the Ann E. Pitzer Center at 12 noon on this same day, Thursday, May 31. This Shinkoskey Noon Concert lasts about an hour.

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