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UC Davis Music Department

UC Davis Concert Band

and the Yolo Community Band

person playing a tuba in the concert band
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At the center of this concert is a new composition for wind ensemble by Sacramento-based composer Shuying Li titled Luminance, which the UC Davis Concert Band helped commission thanks to the Rucker Family Trust’s Endowed Fund for Concert Band Support. The composer writes of her piece, “At its core, the work addresses issues relevant to contemporary society. By exploring themes of hope and despair, inclusion and exclusion, and power and powerlessness, the piece seeks to provide a platform for reflection and conversation. Through its use of evocative tonalities and dynamic contrasts, Luminance aims to inspire audiences to find strength in moments of darkness and embrace the light within themselves. Luminance will have been premiered by The President’s Own United States Marine Band in October, 2023.

Program List

  • Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo

    Malcolm Arnold

  • Indomitable Blaze (Premiere)

    Marcus Loya

  • Silent Movie Suite

    Martin Ellerby

  • Four Dances from West Side Story

    Leonard Bernstein

  • Luminance

    Shuying Li

  • Spirited Away

    Joe Hisaishi and Yumi Kimura

  • Russian Christmas Music 

    Alfred Reed

Artist Bios