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MUSIC: Pianist Seda Roder to give lecture, 2 concerts


By Dateline staff

Photo: Seda Roder, the pianist-composer

Pianist-composer Seda Roder: She's known for her visionary concert programs.

The Department of Music announced a lecture and a pair of concerts by Seda Röder, the pianist-composer whose artistic vision is to make music — old and new — more approachable to everyone.

Röder's lecture, "Pawn or Queen: The Role of the 'Performer' in 21st-Century Music," is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in 115 Music Building.

She gives her first performance, “A Sonic Journey of European Piano Music,” on Thursday, Nov. 15, as part of the free Shinkoskey Noon Concert series.

The next night, Nov. 16, in a ticketed event, she presents “Tales from the Silent Lands,” featuring works by John Cage and Morton Feldman, late-1900s composers known for experimenting with length, instrumentation, electronics and improvisation.

The Nov. 16 program also includes works by Röder, Lei Liang and Ken Ueno, each of them influenced and inspired by Cage’s works.

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: A Sonic Journey of European Piano Music — 12:05-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Bernd Richard Deutsch — Aura
  • Beat Furrer — Voicelessness. The Snow Has No Voice
  • Seda Röder — La Solitude
  • Helmut Lachenmann — Ein Kinderspiel

Seda Röder: "Tales from the Silent Lands" — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center.

  • John Cage — Dream
  • Ken Ueno — Volcano (U.S. premiere)
  • Morton Feldman — Vertical Thoughts IV 
  • Lei Liang — Piano, Piano (U.S. premiere)
  • Morton Feldman — Intermissions IV–VI
  • Seda Röder — Elsewhere (U.S. premiere) 
  • John Cage — In a Landscape

More from the Department of Music

Early Music Ensemble — 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorne Lane, Davis

  • Josquin de Prez — Missa pange lingua

Empyrean Ensemble: New Music from the British Isles — 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

  • Elspeth Brooke — Lullaby for Cello and Electronics 
  • Naomi Pinnock — String Quartet
  • Jonathan Harvey — The Riot for Flute, Cello and Piano
  • Stuart MacRae — Equilibrium for Solo Viola, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin and Cello
  • Robert Saxton — Sentinel of the Rainbow for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin and Cello

Symphony Orchestra — 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

  • Beethoven — Triple Concerto in C Major, with Jolán Friedhoff, violin; Mark Friedhoff, cello; and Isaac Friedhoff, piano
  • Stravinsky — The Rite of Spring

Tickets all events except the Shinkoskey Noon Concert and the Early Music Ensemble concert are available through the Mondavi Center box office: (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or mondaviarts.org. Admission to the Shinkoskey Noon Concert is free; admission to the Early Music Ensemble’s concert is by suggested donations at the door: $12 adults, $6 students and children.

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