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Journey to New Worlds with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra on Nov 19

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Photo courtesy of UC Davis Photography

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform their first ensemble concert of the fall season this Saturday, Nov. 19 in an evening that includes nine stirring pieces.

Playing under the direction of conductor and UC Davis Music Director Christian Baldini, first-time players and seasoned performers alike will come together to showcase their talent. The orchestra will play solely for multiple pieces with a guest performer accompanying the ensemble for a cello solo.

The concert, entitled “Exciting Worlds”, will feature works from both classic and contemporary composers. The evening will begin with a piece by Romantic-era composer Johannes Brahms, called “Academic Festival Overture.” Brahms himself described this lively piece as “a very boisterous potpourri of student songs.”

Many of the remaining pieces come from contemporary French composer Henri Dutilleux. The orchestra will play five pieces from Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointoin, or “A Whole Distant World.”

Locally acclaimed cellist, California Symphony performer, and UC Berkeley professor Leighton Fong will play cello for Dutilleux’s pieces.

Baldini describes Dutilleux’s work as one with “fantastic imagination, delicacy, and very strong visual images.” This dynamic and emotional set will certainly take the audience to exciting worlds.

The concert will close with three pieces by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra. Lutoslawski is renowned for his free, random, and folk-like sound, so audiences can expect to be both surprised and delighted.

“Exciting Worlds” will be held at the UC Davis Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall (One Shields Ave, UC Davis). The 2.5 hour concert will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for faculty, and $10 for students and children.

To listen to samples of concert pieces and to purchase tickets, visit arts.ucdavis.edu. Tickets are sold both online and at the venue on the day of the concert.

Photo courtesy of UC Davis Photography

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Jessica Lee

Jessica is a UC Davis student studying English and Communication. As a true lover of the art of writing and storytelling, she aspires to set foot into the world of broadcast journalism. Some of her favorite things include Hot Cheeto Fries, Sherlock Holmes novels, Shiba Inus, and rubbing her feet together before falling asleep.

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