Wednesday, July 30, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Guest conductor Ben Johns to lead University Chorus on June 6

By
From page A13 | May 20, 2014 |

Check it out

Who: UC Davis University Chorus led by guest conductor Ben Johns

When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 6

Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 students; www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787

The UC Davis University Chorus closes out its 2013-14 season on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m., in a concert that will be led by guest conductor Ben Johns.

Johns sang with Chanticleer, the male choral ensemble from San Francisco, from 2003 to 2006, and has continued with Chanticleer as the group’s education director since 2006. His duties as education director include holding workshops with groups like the Davis High School Madrigals, with whom he’s worked several times.

Johns grew up in Sacramento (both of his parents had been UC Davis students), and attended the old Sacramento High School, before it became a charter school. His chorus teacher at Sacramento High was Bill Zinn, who now teaches music in the Davis school district and leads the Davis High Jazz Choir.

Johns also recalls “singing in some Music Circus shows during summer vacation when I was in high school. And I was also in some Sacramento Opera productions.”

Johns  went on to attend UC Irvine, where he did an unusual multidisciplinary “triple major,” earning degrees in dance, vocal performance and chemistry. He led a student vocal ensemble at UC Irvine called Men in Blaque, and he gave a presentation at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference at Sacramento State in 2004 on the topic “Exploring the Neurobiological Basis for the Effect of Movement on the Voice.”

Johns subsequently earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from UC Irvine in 2009.

As a member of Chanticleer, Johns sang at the Mondavi Center on several occasions, and he performed as a member of the UCD University Chorus, led by Jeffrey Thomas, during a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Saint Nicholas” last December.

Johns also sang with the American Bach Soloists, led by Thomas, at Davis Community Church for that group’s concerts in February and April.

Thomas is on sabbatical this quarter, and invited Johns to lead the University Chorus while he is away. Johns started leading rehearsals with the group in early April, “which is definitely a unique and exhilarating experience,” he said. And he’s looking forward to working in the Mondavi Center once again: “It is a great, lovely space. And from my experience, the larger the choral group, the better.”

For the June concert, which wraps up the spring quarter, Johns said that “Jeffrey Thomas recommended that I choose music that was on the lighter side. … I was also looking for songs that had spiritual themes, and others with themes relating to love. And I wanted to do a lot of shorter pieces, which is what Chanticleer usually does, rather than a single full-length piece.”

The program will open with two selections by the English composer Gerald Finzi (1901-56), “Spirit” and “My Spirit Sang All Day.” The English focus continues later in the program with selections by Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958), Gustav Holst (1874-1934) and Hubert Parry (1848-1918).

There is also a Spanish/Latin American current in the program, with a piece from the 1500s that was composed by Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales, and a 20th-century piece by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

The concert will close with “Agnus Dei” by the American composer Samuel Barber, which is a 1938 choral setting of the piece that is probably better known for its 1936 orchestral string version, “Adagio for Strings” (which was itself based on the slow movement from Barber’s String Quartet, written in 1935-36).

Tickets are $12-$17 general, $8 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

 

 

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Family enterprise builds a home for music

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Mosquito districts sprays tonight

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Poll dancing, direct from Las Vegas

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Davis native named a Schweitzer Fellow

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Share your love of nature with young wetlands visitors

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

    Movies in the Park return this fall

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

    Center for Families hosts Summer Carnival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Vintage car show planned this fall

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Wine-tastings will benefit YCCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    DHS Class of ’94 set 20th reunion

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Tips, techniques will give you a green thumb

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Grief support focuses on journaling

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    How the Bockler wasp got its name

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Kiwanis golf tournament supports local agencies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Drop off school supplies at Edward Jones offices

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    UC Davis alumnus hopes to bring amateur radio to Nepal

    By Rachel Uda | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Yolo County CASA seeks volunteer child advocates

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Recycle old paint cans for free

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Not sure which direction to go

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Gravel mining affects us all

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Violence as entertainment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Shocked at vampires story

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Paul Krugman: Corporate artful dodgers

    By Paul Krugman | From Page: A6

     
    Nicholas Kristof: The world’s coolest places

    By Nicholas Kristof | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Fiona Buck pushes the limits in para-athletics

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    A’s rally to win

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Morse homers but Giants lose 6th straight

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Nightmare on Ballpark Drive for River Cats

    By Will Bellamy | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Schaub settles in as Raiders starting QB

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Molten art on display at Davis Arts Center

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Brady earns top honors at State Fair

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Smither releases new CD Saturday at The Palms

    By Kate Laddish | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    RootStock kicks off ‘Día de Albariño’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Folk musicians will jam in the Arboretum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    YoloArts to host a state of change exhibit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    UCD professor Andy Jones named Davis’ new poet laureate

    By Rachel Uda | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Calvin D. Rourke

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6