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By Karen Nikos-Rose on November 21, 2018

With the “Camp Fire” causing air quality issues on campus, and affecting multiple postponements and arts closures with the campus closures, I wanted to update everyone on what is happening. Basically, the shows will go on, even if the dance performance at Wyatt is put off for one week. And don’t forget, next week is Jazz Week at UC Davis. Seats fill fast, so for the free performances, get there early. For the paid one, get your tickets Monday on campus or online now.

Comedian Paula Poundstone comes to Mondavi Friday, Nov. 30. And UC Davis Chamber Singers have their first performance in a decade on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Manetti Shrem opens again next week along with all of our other campus museums.

Here is the Dateline story I wrote earlier this week with all the details and links to ticket purchase information, etc.

A special note on the Chambers singers: This is a select group of vocalists re-established by director Caleb Lewis, lecturer and director of choirs. The singers perform at a special time, 5 p.m., at the Ann E. Pitzer Center.

The diverse program includes “Gaudete!” and “Hallelujah, Fly Away” by Brian Kogler, “Drei geistliche Chöre,” op. 37 by Johannes Brahms, ”Liturgy for Three Voices,” No. 2 by Dmitry Stepanovych Bortniansky, ”Messe Basse” by Gabriel Fauré, “O Pure Virgin” by St. Nektarios of Aegina arranged by graduate student Aida Shirazi, ”Ain’t a That  Good News!” by William L. Dawson, ”Saints Bound for Heaven” an anonymous traditional hymn, ”Cantate Domino” by Rupert Lang, “Gloria in excelsis” by Will Todd and ”Make a Joyful Noise” by Rollo Dilworth. 

Coming on Dec. 3, an exclusive appearance of a sold-out show

One of the stars of the national tour of the award-winning musical "Dear Evan Hansen" will be at UC Davis prior to opening in the sold-out San Francisco engagement “Dear Evan Hansen”

Jessica Phillips will discuss her career as a stage and television actor and perform at UC Davis on Dec. 3, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The presentation/performance takes place in the Main Theatre of Wright Hall and is free and open to the public.

Phillips comes to Davis prior to a sold-out engagement of the Tony Award-winning musical at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre.

She has been earning critical acclaim for her portrayal of the hero’s mother. The Los Angeles Times’ Charles McNulty has written “Jessica Phillips, [has] wonderfully balancing maternal sympathy with single parent grit.”

For her UC Davis appearance, Phillips will be joined onstage by her husband, actor Tad Wilson (Broadway’s “Getting the Band Back Together,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “Rock of Ages”). Pianist Graham Sobelman will accompany the couple.  More information.

Contributed by Michael G. French, College of Letters and Science