Music director Pete Nowlen will conduct the UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band in a concert of "Earth Songs" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Mondavi Center. Courtesy photo

Music director Pete Nowlen works with the UC Davis Concert Band before a performance at UC Davis in Davis, Ca. on May 26, 2010. (Photo by Nader Khouri)


UC Davis Band to perform music honoring the sciences

By May 20, 2011


What: UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1

Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students and children; (530) 754-2787 or http://www.MondaviArts.org

The UC Davis Concert Band and Campus Band will perform a concert titled “Earth Songs,” a salute to the biological, ecological and agricultural sciences, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center.

This tribute starts with a pre-concert exposition from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby and on the sidewalk that will feature displays from organizations related to the biological, ecological and agricultural sciences.

These include the UC Davis Bio Boosters, Wildlife Society, Western Equestrian Team, Horse Barn, Department of Conservation Biology, U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, the Woodland Community Band, YoloArts’ Arts and Ag Project, Yolo County Farm Bureau, Yolo County Archives, Heidrick Ag History Center and the Rotary/Gates Foundation for Polio Eradication — all accompanied by music from a local bluegrass/folk/Americana band, the Putah Creek Crawdads.

The concert program includes popular selections, such as Copland’s “Hoedown” from “Rodeo,” “Mars” from Holst’s “The Planets,” highlights from Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals,” and a special acknowledgement of “National Bicycle Month” (May) with a light-hearted “mash-up” featuring arrangements by UC Davis alumnus Dave Jones, who cycled across the United States in 2010.

The program will conclude with a large 100-performer rendition of the Finale from Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” heard during the famous animated humpback whale scene in Disney’s film “Fantasia 2000.”

In keeping with the “Earth Songs” title, the American River Brass Quintet and a group of 4- to 6-year old dancers from Davis’ Peregrine School will be featured in “Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon” from Eric Ewazen’s work “Shadowcatcher.”

Others include Daniel Welcher’s “Zion,” a sonic exploration of the beauty of Utah’s Zion National Park, John Jayce Ogren’s “Symphonies of Gaia,” and Eric Whitacre’s “Noisy Wheels of Joy.” The concert is thought to represent, musically, a little bit of all of the things that define UC Davis’ rich identity and provenance.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and children. Seating is unreserved. Tickets may be purchased from the Mondavi Center Ticket Office via http://www.MondaviArts.org or by calling (530) 754-2787.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or (530) 747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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