CSUS Festival of the Arts, April 3-12
Festival features intimate concert with acclaimed Guarneri String
• Filmmaker to share documentary
chronicling local poet’s life
• CSUS production of Cabaret
offers new spin on old musical favorite
• 2002 American Book Award winner
to read his work at CSUS
• Artist Wayne Thiebaud comes
home to CSUS
State University, Sacramento's 11th annual Festival of the Arts,
April 3-12, features a variety of local and international artists,
authors and performers.
Highlights of the festival include a rare look at more than 40 works
representing virtually the entire career of internationally acclaimed
artist and CSUS alumnus Wayne Thiebaud and a performance by the
Guarneri String Quartet. The exhibition, "Wayne
Thiebaud: Works from 1955 to 2003," opens April 4 and will
remain on display in the new University Library Gallery through
July 25. The award-winning Guarneri
String Quartet, revered for its distinctively rich sound
and majestic playing, will perform at 8 p.m., April 8 in the Music
Recital Hall as part of the New Millennium Concert Series. Tickets
for the performance are $25.
In years past, the festival has attracted more than 20,000 people.
"Each year the festival gets better and better," says Roberto Pomo,
interim director of the CSUS School of the Arts. "We are fortunate
to have a good following from the community."
Other artistic offerings include an exhibition of watercolors by
illustrator and Davis resident Yan Nascimbene April 3-12 in the
Department of Design Gallery, Mariposa Hall 4000. Nascimbene, who
has authored and illustrated more than 30 books that have been translated
into eight languages, is the recipient of numerous awards, including
the Bologna International Graphic Award and the Society of Illustrators'
Silver Medal. A gallery talk and reception with Nascimbene will
be at 5:30 p.m., April 9 in the Department of Design Gallery.
Graphic design will be the topic during a discussion led by designer
Clement Mok at 6 p.m., April 10. in the University Union Redwood
Room. The event is free and a reception will be held after the discussion.
For theatre and dance buffs, performances of the high energy musical
Cabaret, directed by CSUS professor
Ed Brazo, will take place in the University Theatre at 8 p.m., April
3-5 and at 2 p.m., April 6. Tickets are $16 for general admission
and $11 for students and seniors.
At 8 p.m., April 3-5 Dale Scholl
Dance/Art, directed by CSUS professor Dale Scholl, will
perform "Classical Meets Jazz," featuring four new choreographic
works performed to classic tunes by such legendary musicians as
Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin. The performances
will be held in the Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. Tickets are $16
for general admission, $13 for students and $8 for children. A reception
will be held after the April 4 performance.
Also featured on the stage will be "Sorta," directed by Sacramento
native Doniel Soto of Abandon Productions. The production celebrates
the joy and folly of simple human behavior through physical theatre
and clown work. Performances will take place at 8 p.m., April 9-10
in the Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. Tickets are $13 for general
admission, $11 for students and $8 for children.
Fans of the written word are invited to hear 2002 American Book
Award winner Al Young read from some of his well-known work at noon,
April 4 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. A reception with
the author will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. in the University Union
CSUS creative writing program graduates Elaine Feller, Dan Hallford
and Andrew Williamson will offer a reading of prose and poetry at
10:30 a.m., April 8 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. A
reception will follow at noon in the University Union Lobby Suite.
Both literary events are free.
Documentary film enthusiasts will enjoy a viewing of filmmaker Chris
Simon's new film about Central Valley poet Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel
at 3 p.m. on April 10 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.
The film, titled Down an Old Road:
The Poetic Life of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel, documents
the experiences McDaniel faced as a young woman during the Dust
Bowl Migration of the early 1930s. Simon intertwines history and
poetry to explore McDaniel's life and vision. McDaniel's poems,
the core of the film, are illuminated with images from the Dust
Bowl and life in rural California today.
Music lovers of all kinds will find a range of performances offered
by CSUS faculty and students to suit their tastes. CSUS professor
Keith Bohm will give a saxophone recital at 8 p.m. on April 3 in
Capistrano Hall 151. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for
students and seniors. At 8 p.m. on April 9, CSUS professor Dan Kennedy
will give a percussion recital with guest Terry Longshore in the
Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for
students and seniors.
At 8 p.m., April 5 in the Music Recital Hall, the CSUS Jazz Ensemble
will perform with guest Ingrid Jensen on trumpet. Tickets are $10
for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. CSUS Vocal
Jazz I and II will perform on April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital
Hall. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
The festival's musical offerings conclude with the CSUS Symphony
Orchestra performance at 8 p.m., April 10 in the Music Recital Hall.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
For ticketed festival events call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916)
278-4323. For more information about the Festival of the Arts, contact
the CSUS School of the Arts at (916) 278-ARTS or see the links from
the Festival of the Arts news release at www.csus.edu/news.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916)