Weekender: Innovation in Art Competition, Shakespeare Reimagined, and Student Recitals

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Come watch the Mirror Image Dance Company this week at the Mondavi Center! (Courtesy, Mondavi Center)

The California Studio Lecture: Tania Candiani

Thursday, May 9, 4:30 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum

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Tania Candiani, Tidal Choreography, film still (Courtesy, Manetti Shrem Museum)

Tania Candiani is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the intersection of art, literature, music, architecture, science and labor. Her production methods emphasize ancestral knowledge and its techniques and technologies. In 2015, Candiani represented Mexico at the 56th Venice Biennale. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums, institutions and independent spaces. Candiani has received the Guggenheim Fellowship in the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution Research Grant for Artists, among others. She is a member of the National System of Art Creators of Mexico. 

Igor Veligan and Natsuki Fukasawa

Thursday, May 9, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

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Igor Veligan and Natsuki Fukasawa (Courtesy, UC Davis Department of Art)

Igor Veligan, violin
Natsuki Fukasawa, piano and UC Davis lecturer in music

Steinway Artist Natsuki Fukasawa’s music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and China, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall.  Fukasawa has won many accolades and international prizes, including rave reviews in Strad and Fanfare magazines and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year from the Danish Music Awards.

Igor Veligan, lecturer in violin, viola, and chamber music at the University of the Pacific, joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2006. He has also taught at American River College (2004-2015). He holds a Master’s degree in violin performance and chamber music from Odessa State Conservatory. As a chamber musician, Veligan performs extensively with pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, collaborates with various chamber ensembles and has been a guest violist with the Trio 180. He has also performed as a violist with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento for the past ten years.

Program: To be announced.

Get excited for the return of the Whole Earth Festival!

May 10-12, UC Davis Quad, free

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Whole Earth Festival tie-dye vendor (Courtesy, Jamie Gelfond)

The Whole Earth Festival is back this weekend on the UC Davis Quad! The Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 as a small art class project ("Art Happening") on the UC Davis Quad. The students used art to teach visitors about the realms of activism, wellness, and environmental sustainability in an interactive and creative way. Following the United Nations' recognition of Earth Day in 1970, the event was renamed to the Whole Earth Festival, fondly nicknamed as "WEF," and has since evolved into a free student-run event, attracting over 30,000 visitors annually on Mother's Day weekend.

There will be local artists, live performances, food trucks, arts and crafts, and so much more!

Learn more about times and the Whole Earth Festival and read the WEF Program!

Innovation in Art Competition

Submissions open until May 10 

Calling all artists! We’re looking for art pieces that reflect our values and challenge us to think broadly about the work we do at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The competition’s theme is “What does Innovation look like to you?” The submission deadline is May 10, and the competition is open to all UC Davis undergraduates and graduate students.

Prizes include:

1st - $500 Visa Gift Card

2nd - $300 Visa Gift Card

3rd - $200 Visa Gift Card

And a $200 People’s Choice Award (voting takes place on Instagram)

Learn more and enter online!

Undergraduate composers of UC Davis

Friday, May 10, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Program: To be announced.

San Francisco Symphony returns to Mondavi

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, tickets from $55

Gemma New, conductor & Pablo Ferrández, cello (portraits)
Gemma New, conductor & Pablo Ferrández, cello (Courtesy, Mondavi Center)

Collaboration with the next generation of classical artists has been a keystone of music director Esa-Pekka Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony tenure. For this return engagement, the Symphony is led by young Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska, a Dudamel fellow who has twice led the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The program features a little-heard but delightfully energetic overture by Polish composer Bacewicz, Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” symphony inspired by the composers first visit to Britain and “new cello genius” (Le Figaro) Pablo Ferrández performing Elgar’s contemplative cello concerto.

Get tickets here: San Francisco Symphony | Mondavi Center 

Read the digital program: San Francisco Symphony Digital Program

Student Recital: Samantha Murray

Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m.,  Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Program: To be announced.

Disney’s Fantasia by the Auburn Symphony

Sunday, May 12, 3:00 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, near or at capacity

The Auburn Symphony presents highlights from two of Disney’s most extraordinary and groundbreaking animated features, Fantasia and its sequel Fantasia 2000 in concert live to film.

Mirror Image Dance Company Showcase

Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, tickets from $35

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Mirror Image Dance Company (Courtesy, Mondavi Center)

Come join us for our 9th annual showcase, Glorious, featuring the recreational and competitive dancers of Mirror Image Dance Company! Dancers have been working all year on their skills and choreography and they are so excited to share their hard work with everyone.

Get tickets here for May 14: Mirror Image Dance Company Showcase | Mondavi Center 

Get tickets here for May 15: Mirror Image Dance Company Showcase | Mondavi Center 

In the news: $20 million goes to UC Davis arts 

There was big news for UC Davis arts programs this week when the university announced a $20 million gift for the arts at UC Davis — the largest ever for UC Davis, bringing her total gifts since 2011 to more than $43 million. Read the full story here. The gift including the renaming of the Art Building as well as endowed faculty positions in art studio and design.

Arts Building at UC Davis with bicyclists riding by

Voice Students of Zolia Muñoz

Tuesday, May 14, 4 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Program: To be announced.

Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet' Reimagined in UC Davis 'Who’s There?'

May 16-18 and May 23-25, 7 p.m., Wyatt Pavilion Theatre on Old Davis Road, tickets starting at $5

Portrait of 3 performers
Peyton Harris, Noah Gu and Madeline Weissenberg (Austin Wang)

In Rushe’s reworking, this stripped back, ensemble production questions the roles people play

in life, what is authentic and what is simply an ‘act?’ Is a King ‘born’ or is it simply a role that is

played well or badly? The production centers on an ensemble of actors playing multiple

characters including three performing simultaneously as Hamlet. The staging features live

music, vocal polyphony and original sound composition by undergraduate student Megan

Abbanat. It playfully omits and adds to the original.

Adult tickets are $15, faculty/staff tickets are $12, and student/senior tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the UC Davis Ticket Office, located on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, by phone 530-752-2471 during the same hours, or online.

Get tickets here 

Learn more about Director Rushe here: Meet Sinead Rushe 


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