During the past five years, Arts UC Merced Presents has been providing a wide range of art programming in both performing and visual arts. Please enjoy some highlights from our past seasons.
MISSION STATEMENT The University of California has a history of demonstrating great respect for artistsâ€™ contributions to the quality of education and quality of life. Through its programming, Arts UC Merced Presents has joined programs such as UCI Arts (UC Irvine), Cal Performances (UC Berkeley), ArtPower! (UC San Diego) and Mondavi Arts (UC Davis) in bringing accomplished artists to perform and to exhibit their works for the campus and general communities. Performers of world music, artists creating works with new technologies, and those offering edgy performance art are all finding support on university campuses, as are highly accomplished contemporary classical music composers, choreographers, theatre artists, and performers of musical and dance traditions from all over the world. Universities play a crucial role in helping preserve the notion that the arts not only entertain but also educate and enrich.
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LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATER PHOTO BY ROGER J. WYAN
OPENING RECEPTION Tina Ramirez, the celebrated founder of Ballet Hispanico and the 2005 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, gave an inspirational speech on the pivotal role the arts have in educating young people. “I’ve seen movements come and go. Some of them succeed, some of them are stopped. But no one can stop the influence one person can have on another. … When we influence people in this way, we are helping to create 10 people … who become 100 people that can take our place,” she said. PHOTO: TINA RAMIREZ DELIVERED AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION.
DEBUT Performances by UC Merced students in Ballet Folklorico were one of the highlights of DEBUT, a collaborative project between Arts UC Merced Presents and the Office of Student Life showcasing many of the most talented students in the visual and performing arts. PHOTO: UC MERCED STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE MANY WONDERFUL SKILLS IN PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS.
OTHERSHORE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY NEW YORK Founded in 2007 by Brandi Norton and Sonja Kostich, OtherShore had the distinct honor of having its world premier at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York in 2008. PHOTO: OTHERSHORE BROUGHT ITS DANCE SKILLS TO MERCED.
“LOVE LETTERS” STARRING MICHAEL GROSS AND MEREDITH BAXTER Arts UC Merced Presents opened the season with a two-person play “Love Letters” starring Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, renowned actors best known for their roles as the former-hippie parents of Michael J. Fox in the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties.” A. R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “Love Letters,” is a bittersweet love story told through 50 years of correspondence between its two characters. PHOTO: EXPERIENCED AND WELL-KNOWN ACTORS HAVE PERFORMED “LOVE LETTERS” ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
MERCED SYMPHONY The Merced Symphony concerts have been a cornerstone for Arts UC Merced Presents since its inception. The 30-plus member orchestra, conducted by music Director Henrik jul Hansen, is composed of the highest quality musicians from throughout California. Arts UC Merced Presents sponsors two Merced Symphony concerts each year. PHOTO: THE MERCED SYMPHONY PERFORMS FOR AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES.
WHIFFENPOOFS OF YALE UNIVERSITY Yale Universityâ€™s famed a capella singing group made its University of California debut on the UC Merced campus. The group was very generous with its time, visiting two local high schools and the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, and even broke into song at the local In and Out Burger! PHOTO: WHIFFENPOOFS, THE YALE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE A CAPPELLA SINGING GROUP PERFORMED ALL AROUND TOWN.
UC MERCED CHORALE Twice each year, Arts UC Merced Presents hosts the popular UC Merced Chorale, under the direction of lecturer Lorraine Walsh, at the ends of the fall and spring semesters. PHOTO: UC MERCED CHORALE FEATURES STUDENTS PERFORMING FAVORITES FOR APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCES.
LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE The highlight of our programming during the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 seasons was undoubtedly the visit by internationally renowned Los Angeles – based dance company Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Choreographer Lula Washington founded this celebrated professional dance company as part of a community-based dance school in South Los Angeles in 1980. She has provided professional dance training for inner-city youth for more than 30 years. PHOTO: THE LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATER IN “GLOBAL VILLAGE 4.”
“BLACK N BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN” STARRING DAEL ORLANDERSMITH Dael Orlandersmith is a distinguished African American playwright, actress and poet who won the prestigious Obie Award for “Beauty’s Daughter” as well as being a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play “Yellowman” in 2002. “Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men,” her newest play, was first performed at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, in May 2012, and later at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Arts UC Merced Presents was proud to be the third venue where this very important work of art was performed by the author. PHOTO: ORLANDERSMITH’S THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORK HAS EARNED RAVES FROM CRITICS AND AUDIENCES.
ANNUAL BOBCAT ART SHOW One of the factors that distinguishes Arts UC Merced Presents from other UC arts-presenting programs is the inclusion of visual arts exhibits in our programming. Commonly, arts-presenting programs concentrate solely on performing arts. Our inclusion of exhibits of visual arts represents our understanding of the contemporary art scene that increasingly includes multiple media. The annual Bobcat Art Show usually runs from April through May. The show features about 60 participants including UC Merced students, faculty members and staff members. In partnership with the university librarians and the UC Merced Art Gallery, the original art was exhibited throughout the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library and the art gallery in painting, drawing, photography and digital media, sculpture and mixed media. PHOTO: STUDENT ARTISTS GET A CHANCE TO EXHIBIT THEIR WORK DURING THE BOBCAT ART SHOW.
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PHOTO BY ROGER J. WYAN
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY Big Voodoo Daddy is a high-profile swing-revival band from Southern California. Since 1989, Big Voodoo Daddy has performed at a wide variety of venues and on various shows including the Super Bowl, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as performing with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Philharmonic. PHOTO: BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY PERFORMED ITS MODERN SWING FOR MERCED AUDIENCES.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Ladysmith Black Mambazo is an acappella singing group from South Africa that has declared its mission as “singing for peace live around the world.” For the past 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been bringing joyous and stirring music inspired by the intricate rhythms and harmonies of native South African musical and dance tradition to audiences around the world. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for 16 Grammy awards, and has received the coveted award three times, including a few weeks before the group’s Merced performance. PHOTO: LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO BROUGHT AFRICAN SOUNDS TO MERCED.
“THE SKY IS FALLING AND I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING!” The play, written by Nancy Steele-Brokaw, was produced in partnership with UC Merced faculty members. The production starred UC Merced students and local artists. Free performances were offered in UC Merced’s Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium to 3,200 Merced County school students, ranging in age from pre-school to third grade. PHOTO: THE CHILDREN’S OPERA PROVED VERY POPULAR IN MERCED COUNTY.
ARTS UC MERCED PRESENTS ADVISORY BOARD KATHERINE STEELE BROKAW, Assistant Professor UC Merced ROBERT CASTRO, Associate Professor, UC San Diego SEAN HODGDON, UC Merced student KIM MCMILLON, UC Merced graduate student GLUGIO “GRONK” NICANDRO, Los Angeles Artist LAURA PHILLIPS, Executive Director, Merced County Arts Council JANICE GUDDE PLASTINO, Professor Emeritus, UC Irvine PETER SELLARS, theatre and opera director
SPECIAL THANKS DOROTHY LELAND, Chancellor MICHAEL REESE, Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services TOM PETERSON, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Merced KYLE HOFFMAN, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations SUNG-MO “STEVE” KANG, former UC Merced Chancellor CAROL TOMLINSON-KEASEY, inaugural UC Merced Chancellor
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Published on Nov 18, 2014
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