UC Davis Symphony Orchestra to Perform Contemporary Works

April 21 Program: ‘Kuleshov’ Piano Concerto and ‘Fiesta! Four Pop Dances for Orchestra’

Ryan McCullough (Courtesy Photo).
Pianist Ryan McCullough will be featured on “Kuleshov” in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra’s April 21 concert. (Courtesy photo)

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of two contemporary works, including one in its U.S. premiere, at 8 p.m. Thursday (April 21) in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will be in person (with discounted tickets available) and livestreamed (free).


  • WHAT: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
  • WHEN: 8-9 p.m. Thursday, April 21
  • DISCOUNTED TICKETS: $12 for adults, $6 for students and youth
    • Online — Use Promo Code OSCAR
    • By phone — 530-754-2787
    • In-person — noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

In its program titled “Effects and Dances,” the orchestra will premiere French-Argentinian composer Oscar Strasnoy’s Kuleshov, a piano concerto. The composition is a lively dialogue between the orchestra and the piano and is inspired by the Kuleshov effect, an editing technique in film named after Lev Kuleshov (1899-1970). The process demonstrates one repeated image (or, in this case, musical motive) taking on different meanings based on the contrasting images (in this case, musical antecedents). 

Kuleshov features pianist Ryan McCullough, who has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony and has appeared at major festivals and concert halls around the world.

Also being performed is Peruvian composer Jimmy López Bellido’s Fiesta! Four Pop Dances for Orchestra. The work draws on academic compositional techniques, Latin-American music, Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary pop music. 

The orchestra is directed and conducted by Christian Baldini, professor of music and Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Orchestral Conducting.

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