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Concerts, One-Man Show Close Out Year ‘The Tricky Part’: A Recounting of Sexual Trespass

By Dateline Staff on May 30, 2017 in University

The Department of Music has concerts aplenty the next few weeks to tide you over until the fall, and the Department of Theatre and Dance closes out the academic year with a presentation of author-actor Martin Moran in his acclaimed one-man show The Tricky Part, a true story of sexuality, spirituality and the mystery of human experience.

The play

Martin Moran portrait

Moran’s The Tricky Part stems from his youth, when, starting at the age of 12, he had a three-year sexual relationship with an older man. Many years later, Moran found and confronted his abuser. Subsequently, Moran transformed his story into a book and play — a riveting, often funny and always surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass.

The play's New York premiere in 2004 received an Obie award and two Drama Desk nominations, including outstanding play. Warning: Adult themes and situations.

Three performances, all at 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets.

The music

Concert Bands/Banda de concierto and Campus Band/Banda del campus

7 p.m. Friday, June 2, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets.

The Concert Bands program includes El Marne Tango by UC Davis composer Pablo Ortiz, plus:

  • Turina — Three Fantastic Dances/Tres bailes fantásticos
  • Tommasini — Three Spanish Songs/Tres canciones Españolas, with Liisa Dávila, soprano
  • Revueltas — Sensemayá
  • Gandolfi — Vientos y Tangos/Winds and Tangos
  • Codina — Zacatecas March

The Campus Band program includes:

  • Pascual Piqueras — De Nuevo en el Infierno/In Hell Again
  • Jaime Texidor — Amparita Roca

Symphony Orchestra: “Heroism and Twilight Serenity”

7 p.m. Saturday, June 3, Jackson Hall. Tickets.

Program features Mozart’s Allegro aperto from the Violin Concerto No. 5 (“The Turkish”), with Jane Park, violin, winner of the orchestra’s 2017 Concerto Competition. Plus:

  • Varèse — Octandre
  • Brahms — Symphony No. 3 in F Major

Empyrean Ensemble

3 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center. Tickets.

New compositions by graduate student composers:

  • Aida Shirazi — (Re)Visiting The Land of (Un)Known
  • Samuel Clark-McHale — Like us/them
  • Addie Camsuzou — Extraction of Stars
  • Daniel Godsil — Aeropittura
  • Sarah Wald — Adagio
  • Josiah Catalan — Mirages

Early Music Ensemble: “Bach to Bernstein”

7 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Recital Hall. Tickets.

An eclectic program of choral music, from Josquin to the present day.

  • J.S. Bach — Lobet den Herrn
  • Bernstein — Almighty Father
  • Gorecki — Lullabies
  • Chris Castro — Drinking Song

BellsUniversity Chorus

7 p.m. Friday, June 9, Jackson Hall. Tickets.

With Kevin Fox, guest director.

  • Mozart — Regina Coeli, K. 276, with Liisa Dávila, soprano; Sarah Messbauer, mezzo-soprano; Lorenzo Ramsey, tenor; and Kevin Doherty, baritone
  • Mozart — Te Deum, K. 141
  • Mendelssohn — Hear My Prayer, with members of the Pacific Boychoir
  • Rachmaninov — The Bells, with Dávila and Doherty; Jonathan Nadel, tenor; and Andrei Baumann and Jeremiah Trujillo, piano
  • Rheinberger — Festchor

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or