Weekender: Winter Concerts; Theatre Explores Homophobia, and More

Gorman Closes One Exhibition, Opens Another

Students on a stage rehearsing play
UC Davis undergraduate students rehearse "The Laramie Project." Pictured, from left: Mia Dunbar, Melanie Garcia, Ryley Sakai. (Courtesy photos). See story below.

'Dreams, Visions, Fantasies,’ A Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Thursday, Feb. 29, 12:05- 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Faythe Vollrath, harpsichordist, performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal for her “subtly varied tempo and rhythm that sounds like breathing,” her solo performances include venues such as MusicSources in Berkeley, Gotham Early Music in New York City, and Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg.

Katherine Kaiser, soprano, is an active chamber musician and soloist. Praised by the Boston Globe for the “taut intensity” of her performance of Luigi Rossi’stPianto della Maddalena, she is inspired by the drama and improvisatory character of the early Baroque.

symphony orchestra at UC Davis, on stage with dark background
The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will play a concert next week. Watch the Arts Blog Weekender for details next Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Percussion, big bands

Percussion Ensemble UC Davis Winter Quarter

March 1, 2024 - 4-5 p.m.  Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Chris Froh, director and UC Davis lecturer in music


  • Josh Gottry: Ting and Shake
  • Traditional: Chilean Folk Song
  • Frank Zappa: The Black Page #1
  • Anders Koppel: Toccata
  • Ivan Trevino: Shared Space

Jazz Big Bands of UC Davis Winter Quarter

March 5, 2024 , 7-9 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, $12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

Otto Lee, director and UC Davis lecturer in music


The Big Bands will be playing the music of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Strayhorn, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, and Steely Dan.

Concert Bands of UC Davis Winter Quarter

March 6, 2024 – 7 – 9 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, $12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating), Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center


Campus Band • Garrett Rigsby and Natalie Laurie, directors

UC Davis Concert Band • Pete Nowlen, director

Event updates

The Laramie Project continues, tickets still available

Feb.  29 and March 1 at 7 p.m. and March 2 at 2 p.m., Main Theatre in Wright Hall, tickets starting at $5

Triggered by a hate crime which brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws nationwide, The Laramie Project is a riveting contemporary drama that challenges the inhabitants of a rural American community.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project including alumnus Greg Pierotti (M.F.A., dramatic arts, ’16), the drama chronicles the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

Read the full story on the production here.

Warning: This play is based on a true story, and includes strong language and mature content that some may find upsetting, including descriptions of homophobia, violence and death.

The Laramie Project | TicketsWest - UC Davis

STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons at Design Museum

Through Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m., The Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall, free to the public

Through Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m., The Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall, free to the public

The UC Davis Design Museum explores racism through cartoons in the installation “STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons.” Showcasing the work of pioneering father/daughter cartoonists the late Brumsic Brandon Jr. and Barbara Brandon-Croft, the exhibition runs Jan. 23 through April 21.

See a video on the project:

“STILL: Racism in America, A Retrospective in Cartoons” UC Davis Design Museu

Spark Your March with Art Spark


Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m., Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Free

This March, the theme is Yo Soy ___. Create a print that expresses who you are, completing the phrase in Malaquias Montoya’s Yo Soy Chicano with a part of your identity you want to honor.

Lara Downes and the Miró Quartet: Here on Earth

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, the Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $49

Here On Earth features musical depictions of our planet earth, its evolution, and the lives of its inhabitants, expressed through music that spans centuries, from Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet to Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde (composed in 1923) and Clarice Assad’s A World Of Change, newly commissioned in 2023.

The concert begins with Jake Heggie’s Earthrise, reflecting on the fragility of our tiny blue planet from the perspective of the iconic photograph taken from lunar orbit during the 1968 Apollo 8 mission. Traveling through time and space, the program telescopes in to celebrate the beauties of the natural world, and explore our always-changing relationship to this changing earth that is our home

Read the Digital Program Here: Lara Downes and The Miró Quartet: Here On Earth

Buy Tickets Here: Lara Downes and The Miró Quartet

Reflecting Lenses: Twenty Years of Photography starts at Gorman next week

March 6 – Sept. 1, the Gorman Museum; (closing reception for inaugural exhibition is Friday).

Note: See details about Gorman’s closing reception of its inaugural reopening exhibition.

Collage of photos of nature patched together with Sacramento written across lower quarter
Sarah Sense, Hinushi 22 (detail), 2024, Woven archival inket prints, is among the works that will be on display in the new photography exhibition at the Gorman Native American Art Museum at UC Davis in March.

For decades, the Gorman Museum of Native American Art has hosted artists who advance Indigenous visual sovereignty – understood as the assertion of Indigenous autonomy through visual media. Photographs are now central to the museum’s collection of contemporary art. Themes that are prevalent in the collection relate to social and environmental justice, connection to homeland, and Indigenous empowerment in the contemporary world.

This exhibition presents highlights from the collection by more than two dozen Indigenous artists from North America, Aotearoa, and Australia.

Contemporary artists approach photography from a diversity of backgrounds including photojournalism, performance art, digital production, and film making. They produce visions of collective memory and counter narratives, in addition to portraits and landscapes. The subject of these images is Native presence. Many Indigenous artists have examined issues of self-representation through their artistic practice. In response, the museum uses the artists’ own words to present their ideas and artistic strategies.

Disney’s Descendants: The Musical in Woodland starts Friday

Tickets online at the Box Office (530) 666-9617, Woodland Opera House, 340 Second Street, Woodland

Cast members of Woodland theatre production in costume
(Courtesy, Woodland Opera House)

Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is based on the popular Disney Channel original movies. It is a brand-new musical, jam packed with comedy, adventure, Disney characters and hit songs from the films. Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost (home of the most infamous villains who ever lived), the teenage children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island…until now. They have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

Performances are set for Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $20 Adults, $18 Seniors (62+), and $10 Children 17 and under. Balcony tickets are $12 for Adults, $7 for Children. Flex Pass specials and group rates are available.

Coming up

Visiting Artist Lecture with Kang Seung Lee next week

Thursday, March 7, 4:30-6 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, free

Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist whose work frequently engages the legacy of transnational queer histories, particularly as they intersect with art history. In 2023, Lee had solo exhibitions and projects at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles. His work will be part of a Fall 2024 exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum.

artwork in museum installation on white walls and beige floor
Kang Seung Lee. Installation view, Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 1-December 31, 2023. Courtesy of the Hammer Museum. (Charles White/Photography)

Organized by the Department of Art and Art History. Supported by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science and co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum


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