Weekender: From the San Francisco Symphony to SAYS, the Region Offers an Array of Activities

San Francisco Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony will be conducted by David Robertson at a Thursday performance at Mondavi. Courtesy photo.

The Weekender is a regular feature of the UC Davis Arts Blog appearing each Thursday — when weekends really need to begin. The column features stuff to do on and around the UC Davis campus this weekend.

San Francisco Symphony Returns to UC Davis

The San Francisco Symphony, after a one-year interlude, returns to the Mondavi Center Thursday. Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has received some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards. Now under the baton of Maestro David Robertson, Pianist Kirill Gerstein, the sixth recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award, accompanies the symphony, performing Brahms’ emotionally surging Piano Concerto No. 1, alongside Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 and Brett Dean’s Engelsflügel

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, op. 15

Pre-Performance Talk
Thursday, May 24,  Jackson Hall  7 p.m.

David Robertson, conductor, in conversation with Don Roth, executive director, Mondavi Center, UC Davis

The concert is at 8 p.m. Get your tickets now. 



Noon Concert Series at Pitzer 'Revisits' Beethoven

Thursday, May 24, 12:05 p.m.

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Beethoven Revisited

Igor Veligan, Susan Lamb Cook, Gayle Blankenburg

Beethoven: Variations on a Theme from The Magic Flute

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major (“Archduke”)

As always, the Shinkoskey noon concert is free. 

Currently artist affiliate in cello and chamber music at UC Davis, Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator in the capital region.

And on Friday, May 25, 5 p.m. the Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, will feature Percussion Works by UC Davis Graduate Students

Ryan Suleiman: Two Pieces in Variable Order

Phil Acimovic: Water Wheel Machine

Jonathan Favero: E Pluribus Unum

Both these Pitzer events at UC Davis are free. 

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Arden Fair unchARTed Program to Host Sacramento Area Youth Speaks

unchARTed at Arden Fair will host Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the shopping center’s Center Court, 1689 Arden Way.

SAYS, a dynamic spoken word group, will perform various pieces from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., including the piece PSA ("Poetic Service Announcements"). Following their performance, SAYS will host an MC Olympics where youth ages 12-21 will be invited to sign up to perform in an Olympic-style competition featuring the best young emcees in the area. Through a series of rounds, the audience gets familiar with each MC’s skill level (on the mic, moving the crowd, freestyling and flow). Sign-ups are open from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the MC Olympics will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Complete Schedule 

1:30 p.m. –  1:45 p.m.:  SAYS Poetic Service Announcements play back-to-back on screen

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.:  SAYS Griot starts on opposite sides of mall and meet at Center Court

2 p.m. –  2:30 p.m.: Introduction of SAYS and Slam Team Performance and MC Olympics Sign Up Begins

2:30 p.m. –  3 p.m.: SAYS Alumni Performances

3 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.: Final performances and special Guest

3:30 p.m.  –  5 p.m.: SAYS MC Olympics

Through the combined efforts of artists and imaginative thinkers, unchARTed at Arden Fair aims to curate uplifting art and encourage others to immerse themselves in new concepts of creativity. Join Arden on May 26, and throughout 2018 as the retail center is transformed into a community space through art. SAYS is a social justice movement that transforms education. Founded in 2008 at UC Davis by Dr. Vajra Watson, SAYS breaks the barriers of underachievement by elevating the voices of students as the authors of their own lives and agents of change.

More about unchARTed, visit here.

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