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Sö Percussion will perform music by Steve Reich, John Cage and others during three concerts they’ll give at UC Davis for the Music and Words Festival Jan. 27 - 31. The group will also work with students who will join them for one of the concerts. (Jeff Ragland/photo)

Riches and reach of the music department

UC Davis will be new music central for the Music and Words Festival Jan. 27-31.

Exploring the intersection of text and sound, the festival will include concerts of landmark works from the last 50 years and new pieces by emerging composers, along with residences by internationally known musicians.

“The festival allows us to present important contemporary works and premieres of new works while broadening the reach of the UC Davis music program,” said composer Sam Nichols, a lecturer in the music department and festival co-director.

“It’s a way for us to show the important work the music department is doing and connect the department and our students to the wider musical world.”

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