The chill of winter will soon give way to warmer temperatures and California State University, Sacramento is ready to celebrate with a full lineup of exhibits, theater productions and music and dance concerts throughout the spring semester.
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The showpiece of the new season is Sacramento State’s annual Festival of the Arts, April 14-21.
This year’s celebration of all things arts includes a preview Thursday, April 12 when the talented student artists take over the Crocker Art Gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. for the gallery’s monthly Art Mix, entitled U-Nite.
There will be a community kickoff of selected performances during the April 14 Second Saturday in Midtown. That evening at 6:30, noted international filmmaker, writer and composer Trinh T. Minh-ha will screen one of her films and take questions in Riverside Hall Room 1015.
During its run, the Festival of the Arts will include performances of the musical “Zoot Suit;” the Gypsy jazz music of the Hot Club of San Francisco; exhibits of student, faculty and staff art and photography; student films and theater productions; and a sampling of local professional dance companies.
More details will be available at al.csus.edu/festival/.
Sac State serves up arts and entertainment events all the way to commencement ceremonies, offering the best in drama, comedy, dance, music, art and design.
Theater and dance
The musical “Zoot Suit” will be performed on the University Theatre main stage April 6-8, 12-15 and 19-22. Written by Luis Valdez, with music and lyrics by Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero, Sac State’s presentation is directed by Professor Manuel Jose Pickett.
The play is based on the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial, when a group of young Mexican Americans was wrongfully charged with murder in 1940s Los Angeles.
The focus shifts back to dance for a Sacramento Dance Sampler, offering a taste of styles and approaches from local dance companies and choreographers such as the CORE Dance Collective, Linda Bair Dance Company, S/BAD, Philip Flickinger, Red Bucket Dance Theatre, E:motion Dance Ensemble and Lorelei Bayne Projects.
Performances are 8 p.m. April 19-21 in Solano Hall Dancespace.
Students take their turns at staging their own theatrical productions during a series of one-act plays April 24-28 and May 1-5 in the Studio Theatre, on campus between the University Library and Capistrano Hall.
The students cast, direct, and design the set, lights and costumes of their individual projects.
Graduating dance majors take their final exam on stage, auditioning, choreographing and providing lighting and costuming for the annual Senior Dance Concert.
Each piece is the culminating experience for these talented Sac State students.
Directed by Professor Lorelei Bayne, the production runs May 2-6 in Solano Hall Dancespace.
Tickets for “Zoot Suit” range from $7 to $15. Sacramento Dance Sampler tickets are $10. All other productions have tickets from $5 to $12.
Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, 916- 278-4323 or tickets.com.
For more details on the spring Theater and Dance season, visit csus.edu/dram or call 916-278-6368.
The series’ Faculty and Friends Gala is Tuesday, March 27. The Sun Quartet — Ian Swensen, Anna Presler, Anna Kruger and Andrew Luchansky — will perform the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.
They’ll be joined by saxophonist Keith Bohm, pianists John Cozza and Eric Zivian, French-horn player Pete Nowlen and clarinetist Deborah Pittman.
Gypsy jazz from The Hot Club of San Francisco will be performed Wednesday, April 18. The group is renowned for celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli as well as performing its own, original compositions.
The series concludes April 27 with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and guitarist Eliot Fisk. The award-winning instrumentalists capture the flavors and folk melodies of Europe and America with works ranging from Bach and Bartok to Steve Reich and Robert Beaser.
All of the New Millennium concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 seniors and $5 for students for most performances. Faculty concert tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and $5 for students. A ticket package for the entire series is $60.
Pianist Natasha Paremski will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Paremski won the top prize in the Young Artists in Carnegie Hall 2000 International Piano Festival, and received the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year award in 2010.
On Monday, April 16, the finalists in the Valencia Young Pianist Competition will perform at 7:30 p.m.
All concerts are in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets for the solo performances are $20 general and $15 for students and seniors. The Valencia finalists concert is free.
Sac State’s Jazz Ensembles welcome special guest bassist Rick Shaw to the Thursday, April 19.
The Jazz Singers take the stage Friday, May 4.
The final concert of the academic year on Saturday, May 12, will feature the University Chorus, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus. Both concerts are at Sacred Heart Church.
World Music returns with its series of concerts tentatively scheduled for March 17, and April 7 and 11.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs April 4. The Concert Band joins forces with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble for a May 9 concert. The Symphony Orchestra performs May 8.
Mozart’s “La finta Giardiniera” will be presented on April 26 and 28 by the department’s Opera Theatre.
Faculty recitals will be offered by bassoonist David Wells on Tuesday, April 17.
Baroque music fills the air when Camerata Capistrano performs Sunday, May 13.
The String Project, featuring some of the city’s youngest violinists, cellists and bass players, holds its annual spring concert Monday, May 14.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there will be plenty of free music provided by the department’s talented students in solo and small group performances.
For more details on this exciting season visit csus.edu/music.
Tickets for performances are available from the University Ticket Office, 916-278-4323 or tickets.com.
Fine art and design
“Sac State Has Talent” runs to May 18 with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 16.
Spearheaded by Gallery Director Phil Hitchcock, “Sac State Has Talent” was created to showcase the artistic endeavors of University employees. Hitchcock has recruited faculty and staff who paint, sculpt, quilt, shoot movies, make jewelry, play musical instruments, perform in bands or write poetry.
The exhibit space will include the library’s main and annex galleries with performances scheduled on the premises at various times throughout the show’s run.
The gallery will also host the Friends of the Library’s Author Lecture Series. The spring lineup features Michael Krasny, Wednesday, April 11. The lecture is free and begins at 3 p.m.
Library gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Professor Jenny Stark, who recently displayed her photographs at the Crocker Art Gallery, presents “In-Between Place: Jenny Stark’s Central California,” a show of photos and videos for the Else. The exhibit runs through Thursday, March 29, and Stark will give a lecture about her work from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Kadema 145.
Intriguing sand sculptures appear in the gallery for “Making Merit for Southeast Asian New Year: Offering of the Sand Stupas,” April 9-20.
Curated by Professor Pat Chirapravati, the exhibit is presented in collaboration with the anthropology department, music department and Asian studies program.
The presentation includes performances of Southeast Asian music and dance in Kadema Hall’s courtyard at 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, as part of the Festival of the Arts.
The season closes out with the annual Senior Art Show, April 30-May 17.
The remainder of the semester will feature works by art department students.
The season closes out with the annual Master’s Art Show, April 30-May 17. (A second Master’s Art Show will be held in the library gallery annex May 4-31).
Else and Witt hours are noon-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Professions of Art lecture series continues on Tuesday evenings with three more guest speakers discussing their work and career paths. Liv Moe, director of the Verge Center for the Arts; Lial Jones, director of the Crocker Art Museum; and Craig Watson, director of the California Council for the Arts, will give lectures on April 10 and May 8, respectively. All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. in Kadema Hall Room 145.
The Design Department is in the process of working out details for the 10th anniversary of its annual Spring Design Show. Three guest lectures are also planned for the new semester.
And what would the end of the Spring Semester be without the annual Art Ball? The ball spans the campus, offering a multitude of exhibits of visual arts along with music and a few surprises throughout the evening event. This year’s celebration is 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 11.
More information on art and design events is at al.csus.edu/sota/ulg/, al.csus.edu/art/ and al.csus.edu/design/.