Posted: February 25, 1999
One of Los Angeles' most acclaimed theater companies, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, will make a rare Northern California appearance during the seventh annual Festival of the Arts this spring at California State University, Sacramento.
The theater company joins a capital city gathering of many of the best artists from the region, the state and the nation for five days April 13-17. All events take place on the CSUS campus, and many will be free to the public.
Festival guest artists also include popular a cappella singers The Bobs; sculptor and artist-in-residence Sam Hernandez; the dance company John Mello and Friends; acclaimed author and poet Marge Piercy and writer Ira Wood; prize-winning Bay Area photographers Ken Light and Roger Minick; and musicians from the band of the late jazz great Stan Kenton, who will perform a tribute to Kenton.
The visiting artists will collaborate with CSUS faculty and student artists, musicians, poets, actors, dancers and photographers in many of the Festival activities. CSUS dance companies Sacramento Black Art of Dance and Dale Scholl Dance/Art will perform with John Mello and Friends for four evening performances in the CSUS DanceSpace in Solano Hall. The CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble will join with The Bobs in their concert, and the Stan Kenton band alumni will be joined by the CSUS Instrumental Jazz Ensemble.
CSUS dance coordinator Dale Scholl also will collaborate with composer Howard Hersh in the world premiere of a new work, Millennium Spring, an exploration of turn-of-the-century millennium works from the years 1999 and 999.
CSUS faculty poet Dennis Schmitz will present a reading from his work, as will student and alumni writers Colleen Cumby, Jay Batchelder and Danielle Newton. Other poets joining in the Festival are Douglas Blazek and Christopher Buckley.
CSUS drama students will work with Theatricum Botanicum in workshops on Shakespeare's plays, and will be given the opportunity to perform with the Equity actors in their Festival performance of Midsummer Night's Dream. CSUS puppeteer Richard Bay will also provide Festival entertainment.
Other CSUS performers include nationally acclaimed CSUS flutist Laurel Zucker and harpist Wendy Tamis, who will present "Serenades for Flute and Harp," and CSUS cellist Andrew Luchansky and Friends, who will perform an evening of romantic music.
Students and the public can observe artist-in-residence Hernandez, best known for his work in polychrome wood and bronze, as he works on a new piece in the Robert Else Gallery. Additional sculpture by Hernandez will be on view through April 16.
Events are free unless noted in the schedule. Contact the CSUS Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or any BASS ticket outlet for tickets to events for which there is a charge.
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