“A World Anew”: singing together, playing music together
Eric Peregrine, new choir director, said next week’s UC Davis Choruses concert “celebrates the joy, resilience and healing power of singing together,” something that has been difficult, if not impossible. during the pandemic.
Now, thankfully, the singers can be physically together again – and as such their December 3 concert is titled “A World Anew,” which also happens to be the name of one of the works to be performed, Yon Monn Nouvo (A World Anew), by Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume.
The UC Davis Jazz Bands, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble are also coming together for concerts next week – as the Department of Music presents five programs over four days.
The Percussion Ensemble concert and the regular lunchtime concert are free. Tickets must be purchased to attend other concerts in person, by jazz groups, concert bands and choirs. See below for ticket information. Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required at the door. Please read the latest information on attending Music Department events.
The five concerts will also be broadcast live, free of charge, on the music department’s YouTube channel.
Here is the program with the program information:
- UC Davis Jazz Bands – Play music from the great American jazz tradition, with tunes by Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Count Basie and Thad Jones. Directed by Otto Lee. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, recital hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center.
- UC Davis Concert Band – Efficient works by film composer Alan Silvestri, from the cartoon Polar Express; Alton Adams, the first African American to serve as a conductor in the Navy; famous American conductor Helen May Butler; the Anglo-Sierra Leonean composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; and Chinese and Sino-American composers Jack Loh and Yan Pang. Directed by Pete Nowlen. 7 p.m. Wednesday December 1, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for Performing Arts.
- Shinkoskey noon concert – With professors of the music department Jolán Friedhoff (violin) and Kerstin Allvin (harp), performing works by JS Bach, Gaetano Donizetti and Camille Saint-Saëns. 12:05 Thusday, December 2, recital hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center.
- Percussion ensemble: “Lose Ends” – Under the direction of Chris Froh, students will perform works by Andy Akiho, John Cage, Emmanuel Sejourné and others. 3 p.m. Friday, December 3, recital hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center.
- UC Davis Choirs: “A World Anew” – UC Davis’ three choirs – the University Chorus (a medium-large ensemble), the Chamber Singers (a G choir) and the Early Music Vocal Ensemble – will sing a repertoire spanning the 14th to the 21st century and featuring works by living composers from diverse backgrounds, Guillaume, Melissa Dunphy and Rosephanye Powell too as an English Renaissance composer William Byrd. 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 3, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Peregrine made his concert debut at UC Davis after coming here in July as a speaker as well as choir director for the music department. He has a background in conducting and teaching across North America, notably with the University of Arizona Collegium Musicum, the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and University of British Columbia Choirs.
Tickets for jazz orchestras, harmony orchestras and choirs cost $ 24 for adults, $ 12 for students and children, and can be purchased as follows, through the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, or at the doors of the rooms.
- In line
- Telephone – 530-754-2787
- Ticket office at the Mondavi Center – from noon to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday (and one hour before the performances for the sale of tickets on the same day only). Closed November 22-28 for the Thanksgiving break.