Weekender: Concerts, Art History Lecture, New Exhibits

Celebrating Life Through Music

Danu artists standing on grass in front of old building.
Celebrate the day of the year when everyone is a little Irish with Danú, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed traditional music ensembles. (Courtesy photo)

Shinkoskey noon concerts present 'Death, Grief, and Rebirth!'

Thursday March 14, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Photo of Artist
Photo by Symberella.

Carrie Hennessey, soprano,
and Jennifer Reason, piano


All selections by Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956):
  Wild Swans
  An Old Fashioned Song
  The Red Dress
  Run Away
  Once I Was
  What the Living Do
  Will There Really be a Morning?

Tord Gustavsen Trio on Thursday

Thursday March 14-16, 7:30 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, The Mondavi Center

Photo of the trio.
Tord Gustavsen Trio performs Thursday at Mondavi. (Courtesy photo)

Often with just a few carefully chosen notes, Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen draws listeners into a world where melody is cherished as much as the freedom to explore textures and soundscapes.

Taking care to play only that which says something, and leaving space for listeners to savor what has been said, his bands unite beauty and emotional intensity in their playing and improvisation. His two Mondavi Center appearances have been spiritual moments for many audience members, a very intentional effect. “For me,” he says, “playing the piano is very similar to a meditation or prayer.”

Buy Tickets Here: Tord Gustavsen Trio | Mondavi Center 

Choruses of UC Davis: Music of the Living

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, tickets starting at $12

Women in chorus singing
(Austin Wang/UC Davis)

Works by two members of the UC Davis Department of Music faculty, a graduate student and an undergraduate student will be featured in a choral concert on March 15 at the Ann E. Pitzer Center.

The concert, “Music of the Living,” spotlights work by contemporary composers that are ideal for more intimate venues like the Pitzer Center. The includes performances by the UC Davis Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Nicolás Dosman, assistant professor of teaching and director of choirs.

The concert’s repertoire incorporates many different choral traditions including American spirituals, Venezuelan folk songs, Filipino or Visayan folks songs and modern choral harmonies.

The Concert Choir performs Professor Pablo Ortiz’s Face and Heart and the premiere of Song for a Wandering Spirit (Please Rest) by undergraduate student Isabella Lazaro. The choir’s program also includes The Storm Is Passing Over arranged by Barbara Baker, Inscription of Hope arranged by Z. Randall Stroope, Every Life Shall Be a Song and Crossing the Bar by Gwyneth Walker, La Paloma by Cristian Grases and Still I Rise by Rosephanye Powell.

The Chamber Singers perform Ava Maria by Professor Christian Baldini, music director and conductor of UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and Babara K. Jackson Chair in Orchestral Conducting, and premieres Morning is the Place for Dew by Peter Chatterjee, graduate student in composition. The program also includes Rosas Pandan arranged by George Hernandez, My Heart Be Brave by Marques Barrett and Go Down in the Valley and Pray arranged by André Thomas.   


In a program of music written entirely by living composers, the choruses at UC Davis perform works ideal for intimate concert venues such as the Pitzer Center. The repertoire incorporates many different choral traditions, including American Spirituals, Venezuelan folk songs, Filipino or Visayan folk songs, and modern choral harmonies.” 

Get tickets here: Choruses of UC Davis | Mondavi Center 

The Mondavi Center presents Danú

Sunday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, The Mondavi Center, tickets from $25

Celebrate the day of the year when everyone is a little Irish with Danú, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed traditional music ensembles.

For two decades, this band hailing from County Waterford has been entertaining audiences internationally with its breathtaking vocals in Irish and English and virtuoso performances on flute, tin whistle, button accordion and bouzouki. Irish Music Magazine rightly praises that Danú “stirs the blood and lifts the heart.”

Ciarán Ó Gealbháin, the original lead singer of Danú, will join the group in place of Nell Ní Chróinín. Dr. O’Gealbhain is a lecturer in the Department of Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork, where his doctoral research focused on aspects of the Déise song tradition.

Buy Tickets Here: Danú | Mondavi Center 

Read the program of the performance here: Digital Program PDF

Virtual art history lecture series at the Pence Gallery: Allison Grenda

Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m., on Zoom, free (suggested $10 donation)

Painting of the Parthenon
Edward Dodwell

The Parthenon Through the Ages: From Ancient Rituals to Modern Controversies

Originally built in the 5th century BCE as a temple to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon in Athens has undergone multiple drastic evolutions over the past two and a half millennia. In this talk, Allison Grenda (PhD Candidate, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) will trace the history of the monument and explore how its architectural and ideological changes have repeatedly placed it at the center of conflict, controversy, and most recently, debates over cultural patrimony.

Register Here: Art History Lecture Series: Allison Grenda

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Ongoing Art

New exhibits at the Pence Gallery

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 212 D Street, Davis, free

Painting of Prius in city
Erica Norelius, Market Street Evening

Erica Norelius: Natural Places & Urban Spaces — Available March 1 through April 28

Erica Norelius’ new series of work offers an in-depth dive into the natural spaces of the Golden State, stretching from the coastal cities and desert areas, and north towards Oregon. The quiet presence of man is often seen in small intrusions such as power lines.

Ongoing art exhibits at UC Davis

Lucky Seven: Stairway Display by Bussie Parker Kehoe: Available March 5 through March 31

Bussie Parker Kehoe is a mixed media artist, committed to nurturing and celebrating found and discarded materials in unexpected ways. She pours old discarded house paint onto glass, lets the paint dry, and then intentionally places each dried paint peel so that it connects to and supports the others surrounding it, which is directly related to her life experience of moving and searching for those connections and support. She often stacks and cuts those paint peels, assembling a “quilt” reminiscent of Korean textiles she grew up with. 

Spark Your March with Art Spark

Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m., Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Free

This March, the theme is Yo Soy ___. Create a print that expresses who you are, completing the phrase in Malaquias Montoya’s Yo Soy Chicano with a part of your identity you want to honor.


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Karen Nikos-Rose, Media Relations, Arts Blog Editor; kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

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