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THE ARTS: West Java music, Center plans book fair, Sunday with Mozart, The Pirates of Penzance

By Dave Jones on April 12, 2007 in University

WEST JAVA MUSIC: Assistant Professor Henry Spiller (pictured) directs UC Davis' new Gamelan Ensemble, which is scheduled to present its debut concert at 8 p.m. April 21 in the Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Gamelan describes music that comes primarily from bronze percussion instruments like the gong that Spiller is playing here. The concert program also includes the San Jose-based Pusaka Sunda gamelan degung ensemble. A free Noon Concert of tembang Sunda -- a genre of highly ornamented and technically virtuosic vocal music from West Java -- is set for April 17 in 115 Music Building.

CENTER PLANS BOOK FAIR: The Women's Resources and Research Center has organized one of its occasional book fairs, with the sale set to begin today and continue April 14 (Picnic Day) and April 16 and 17. "Browse hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books, including many contemporary books and course books," a news release states. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for each of those days except Picnic Day, when the fair is set to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location is the Women's Resources and Research Center in North Hall. Organizers said proceeds will be used to buy new books for the center's library.

SUNDAY WITH MOZART: Artist-in-residence Lara Downes is scheduled to perform at 2 and 8 p.m. April 22 in a concert titled Mozartiana, featuring romantic and 20th-century piano works inspired by Mozart. The concerts are set to take place in the Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: The Carl Rosa Opera, England's oldest touring opera company and a Mondavi Center audience favorite, is due back at the Mondavi for two performances of The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-loved comic operettas. The shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27 in Jackson Hall.

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