Weekender: Noon Flute Concert Thursday, Renée Fleming at Mondavi Friday, Sunday

Opera Superstar Part of Free Health Panel Discussion Friday

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Renée Fleming will give a talk Friday and a concert Sunday at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. The Friday talk is part of a panel discussion on health and the arts. (Andrew Eccles Decca/Courtesy photo)

Pelinka on flute at noon concert

Thursday, Jan. 11, recital hall, Pitzer Center, UC Davis Shinkoskey Noon Concert, 12:05 p.m.


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Stacey Pelinka, flute

  • Stacey Pelinka, flute and UC Davis lecturer in music
  • Joe Edelberg, violin
  • Shinae Kim, piano

More information here.


Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Flute and Piano

Kaija Saariaho: Dolce tormento for Solo Piccolo

Claudio Monteverdi / Rhiannon Giddens / Stacey Pelinka:
Sì dolce è’l tormento for Flute and Violin

Franz Doppler: Andante and Rondo

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Renée Fleming’s Music and Mind at Mondavi: A panel discussion

  • Friday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m., Jackson Hall
  • Concert is Sunday, 7:30 p.m., with Gerald Martin Moore, piano, tickets from $55 (Student tickets start at $27.50)
  • Friday discussion is free, but attendees must have a ticket for admission


poster of Music & Mind presentation by Fleming

Soprano superstar Renée Fleming is a leading advocate for the study of the powerful connections between the arts and health. As Artistic Advisor to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she launched the first ongoing collaboration between America’s national cultural center and the National Institutes of Health, and she partners with other leading organizations to bring attention to research and practice at the intersection of music, health and neuroscience. 

In her program  Music and Mind, already presented in more than 50 cities around the world, Fleming invites leading local scientists, physicians, and practitioners to join her, offering illuminating discussions and sharing the latest findings about this growing field with communities where she performs. 

A World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health, Fleming is a founding advisor for major initiatives — including the NeuroArts Blueprint, a project of Johns Hopkins University and the Aspen Institute, and the Sound Health Network at the University of California San Francisco. Her work has earned her Research! America’s Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Although the event is free, it is a ticketed event.

Concert is Sunday

Inspired by Fleming’s 2023 Grammy Award-winning album, Voice of Nature: the Anthropocene, this special performance with pianist Gerald Martin Moore spans classical, romantic and contemporary music, exploring nature as both inspiration and victim of humanity.

A highlight of the concert will be an original film created by the National Geographic Society reflecting the musical selections on the second half of the program.

Program list, program and ticket information.

Oboe concert next week at Pitzer

Shinkoskey Noon Concert, Cindy Behmer, oboe, and Friends

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:05 p.m. - 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center,
  • Cindy Behmer, oboe and UC Davis lecturer in music


J.S. Bach: Duets from the Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
   Lindabeth Binkley and Cindy Behmer, oboes

Sergei Prokofiev: Quintet in G Minor, op. 39 (1924)
   Cindy Behmer, oboe
   Ann Lavin, clarinet
   Dagenais Smiley, violin
   Ivo Bokulić, viola
   Michael Schwagerus, double bass

Alyssa Morris: Brokenvention (2011)
   Lindabeth Binkley, oboe
   Cindy Behmer, English horn
   Shinae Kim, piano

Arne Running: Quodlibet (2007)
   Cindy Behmer, oboe
   Lindabeth Binkley, English Horn

Free, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert​

Ann E. Pitzer Center, Davis, CA

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