Jammies Event Hosts

Night of Contemporary Music

Larisa Bryski
Winner of the 2004 Sammie for Best Female Vocalist, Larisa Bryski is one of the most respected female rock musicians in the Sacramento scene. Supported by her band, she debuted in 2000 with her album The Long Way and followed up in 2003 with her second CD, Violet. Larisa performs extensively, including gigs at South by Southwest in Austin and venues throughout Northern California … and beyond. She has opened for such renowned and diverse acts as Journey, Oleander, Peter Frampton, Dishwalla, and King’s X, to name a few. Larisa just released a third CD called Where’s Your D String, which was recorded live at the Fox and Goose this past August. A passionate advocate for music education, she is also a vocal coach at Skip’s Music, where she heads the education department as well as the award-winning summer music-education program Stairway to Stardom.

Mark Gilmore
98 Rock Local Licks host Mark Gilmore has worked as producer, and now host, of the longest-running local-music showcase in Sacramento, Local Licks, for the past six years. Mark has worked hard to bring a unity to the Sacramento music scene and has encouraged bands to reach out for their goals. Through his involvement with Local Licks and the Sacramento Rocks CD series, he feels it is his duty to help local artists achieve their dreams and to do what he can to have Sacramento looked upon as a Mecca of music and entertainment. Part of this includes giving back to the community. Mark’s involvement in producing the Sacramento Rocks CD series has helped raise money for the Mustard Seed school for homeless children. Local Licks airs on KRXQ 98 Rock every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m.

Evening of Classical Music

D. Kern Holoman
D. Kern Holoman is professor of music at the University of California, Davis, where he conducts the UCD Symphony Orchestra. He was founding dean of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis (1995–’96) and prior to that time chairman of the Department of Music (1980–’88) and interim chairman of the Department of Dramatic Art (1994–’95).

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1947, he holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with distinction in music, from Duke University, and a Master of Fine Arts and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. Additionally, he studied bassoon and conducting during the inaugural years of the North Carolina School for the Arts/Accademia Musicale Chigiana summer sessions in Siena, Italy.

Holoman annually leads a full season of performances by the 100-member UCD Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been conductor since 1979. On November 24, 2002, the UCD Symphony Orchestra inaugurated its new home, the Barbara K. and W. Turrentine Jackson Hall in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. Holoman served on the committees for the planning of the hall since 1974. Holoman was a 1986 winner of the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, presented by the Davis division of the Academic Senate, University of California. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (and secretary of the Davis chapter, Kappa of California), the American Musicological Society, the Association Nationale Hector Berlioz, and the Advisory Board of the New Berlioz Edition. He’s also a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Fellow, and a Research Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1995 he was awarded the UC Davis Prize for undergraduate teaching and remarkable scholarly achievement, presented by the UC Davis Foundation. On July 14, 1989, he was named a chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Republic of France; in February 1999 he was elevated to the rank of officier in the order. In 2000-’01 year, he became Barbara K. Jackson Professor of Music at UC Davis.