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Week of: Apr 24, 2016
Humboldt Symphony and ArMack Orchestra in Home-and-Home Concerts »

An orchestral suite from the opera “Carmen,” favorites by Rachmaninoff and Copland, and a tribute to Louis Armstrong highlight two combined concerts by the Humboldt Symphony and the ArMack Orchestra of Arcata and McKinleyville high schools, in a home-and-home Mother’s Day weekend series on Friday evening May 6 at HSU and Sunday afternoon at Arcata High School.

HSU Jazz Orchestra’s Positive Sweat and Awful Coffee »

HSU Jazz Orchestra cooks “Awful Coffee” and exudes “Positive Sweat” in its adventurous concert of contemporary big band jazz, with originals by current and recent HSU students, on Saturday May 7 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Glories of Nature with Humboldt Chorale and University Singers »

Humboldt Chorale revives a favorite in John Rutter’s “Gloria” and the University Singers celebrate the blessings of nature in the music of seven cultures, on Sunday May 8 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

‘Child’s Skull’ Painting on War Experience in Prominent NYC Exhibition »

Marie Campfield’s recent painting, “Child’s Skull, Kandahar Province,” is part of the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City in May. Campfield is the first Humboldt State student to have work accepted in the competition.

Guest Artist Andy Narell Highlights Calypso Band 30th Anniversary Show [with Video] »

Humboldt State Calypso Band ends its 30th-anniversary celebration in the place where the band began—Fulkerson Recital Hall—with a concert featuring a guest artist, the legendary steel pan player Andy Narell, on Thursday, May 5.

Week of: Apr 17, 2016
HSU Symphonic Band’s Promise of Star Wars »

If the blockbuster movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” got you nostalgic (or curious) about the Star Wars that started it all, you’re in luck. The HSU Symphonic Band performs the original Star Wars Suite, plus a world premiere by HSU composer Brian Post, Copland’s “Promise of Living” and a trombone piece featuring student Craig Hull, on Friday April 29 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Hearing Rainbows with the Madrigal and MRT Singers »

It’s all about rainbows at the Madrigal Singers and Mad River Transit concert on Sunday May 1 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Apr 10, 2016
HSU Salutes Outstanding Students for 2016-17 »

Humboldt State University announced its Outstanding Students 2016-2017 at award ceremonies on April 14.

2016 Art Graduates Exhibit at Reese Bullen Gallery »

Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents the “2016 Art Graduates Exhibition” from April 21-May 14. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 5-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event in celebration of HSU’s emerging artists.

Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Cell Phone Connection to Love, Death and Eternity’ at HSU »

She doesn’t fall down the rabbit hole or through the looking glass. Instead a young woman enters her self-made Wonderland by answering the cell phone of a strange man she soon realizes is dead. That’s the beginning of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” the imaginative comedy and surprising love story by famed American playwright Sarah Ruhl, which opens at HSU on Friday April 22 for two weekends.

Constellation Music Series presents the Humboldt State University Composition Studio »

Morris Graves Museum of Art
April 23rd, 2016 • 8PM
All Ages • 5 dollars

For the April 2016 Constellation Series at the Morris Graves Museum, students and faculty of the HSU Composition Studio will be giving electro acoustic performances of original minimalist works as well as performing the classic minimalist composition, “In C” by Terry Riley. At times performers will be located in different parts of the museum while performing at the same time. Four of the pieces performed will be collaborative compositions written by everyone in the studio. Improvisation will be an important element of all of the pieces being given throughout the evening. The goal of each piece will be to spontaneously create a musical and electronic soundscape through the use of precomposed and improvised material.

Week of: Apr 03, 2016
Percussion Rhythms from Bali, Africa and Cuba at HSU »

Three HSU percussion groups lead a rhythmic tour from Bali to West Africa and the Cuban Carnival in their shared concert on Sunday April 17 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Donors Generously Support HSU Music Program with $100k in Gifts »

The Humboldt State Music Department—an integral part of the local arts community—recently received over $100,000 that will enable the next generation of gifted students to pursue their musical ambitions.

Week of: Mar 27, 2016
Festival Attracts Top International Short Films »

The Associated Students of HSU are set to host the 49th Humboldt International Film Festival at the reopening of Arcata’s historic Minor Theatre on April 20-23.

From ‘Winter in Arcata’ to ‘Sunny Side of the Street’ with HSU Jazz Combos »

Four bands playing jazz classics, newer jazz and HSU originals perform in the HSU Jazz Combos concert on Friday, April 8 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Exploring the Interplay of Body and Spirit »

Student choreographers and two faculty members present their latest work—including a recent regional prize-winner—in the HSU spring dance concert, “Soma Spiritu,” opening Thursday, April 7 for two weekends in the Van Duzer Theatre.

Week of: Mar 20, 2016
Satie to Arcata with HSU Guitar Ensemble »

HSU Guitar Ensemble proceeds from 20th century France to contemporary Arcata and five pieces by student composers, in its spring concert on Saturday April 2 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Get It Fresh at HSU Composers Concert »

A piece for full orchestra evoking a lost Aztec city, and variations for symphonic band based on hip hop tunes highlight the spring HSU Composers Concert of new works on Friday April 1 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Romantic Stories in Music with the Humboldt Symphony »

A queen’s romance, a gypsy’s passion, a show of force, and the legend of a cathedral emerging from the sea are all evoked in music performed by the Humboldt Symphony in an afternoon concert on Sunday April 3.

Week of: Mar 13, 2016
19th Century Instruments, Revival Bands Featured in Unique Brass Concert »

Humboldt State University hosts a one-of-a-kind concert featuring music both historic and fun. Much of the concert will be played on historic instruments; the real deal—not reproduction, brass of the 19th century. Included is a tuba once owned by one of HSU’s “Founders.”

Opera Workshop’s Modern Musical Chairs for Lovers in ‘Speed Dating Tonight!’ »

Steampunk Girl, Panic Attack, Lives at Home and Love Me, Love My Cats! are a few of the characters enacting a frantic contemporary mating ritual in the comic opera “Speed Dating Tonight!” performed by the HSU Opera Workshop for four performances beginning Thursday March 24 in Gist Hall Theatre.

Guest Cellist Reveals Powerful, Prolific and Unknown Composer »

Cellist Elizabeth Grunin performs two works by 20th-century composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg in an intimate Guest Artist lecture and recital on Saturday March 26 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Feb 14, 2016
Premieres and Classics with HSU Symphonic Band & Jazz Orchestra »

New work—including an overture by composer and North Coast resident Michael Kibbe—plus band classics and an anniversary tribute characterize the shared concert of the HSU Symphonic Band and the Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, February 27, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Animals R Us in Jungalbook at HSU »

The gym teacher—a big bear of a man—surveys his fourth and fifth graders at recess, inert and buried in smart phones and laptops on their battered schoolyard. He challenges them to enter a jungle of imagination, to take on the roles of animals and the young human foundling raised by wolves who faces life and death decisions, and the future.

Week of: Feb 07, 2016
First Street Gallery Presents ‘Just Cause: Donovan Clark and Jeremy Hara’ »

The First Street Gallery presents “Just Cause,” a two-person exhibition of sculpture, paintings, drawings and mixed-media works by the artists Donovan Clark and Jeremy Hara, through March 6. Their art is a mélange of pop, conceptual, and graffiti approaches that showcase the artists’ craft while gleefully playing with and subverting a variety of popular tropes within our culture.

Marimbas, Drums in HSU Percussion Showcase »

Three HSU ensembles bring the sounds of drums and marimbas to Fulkerson Recital Hall—along with gongs, tin cans and random radio music—in a Percussion Showcase on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Week of: Jan 24, 2016
Chronic Fatigue: Works by Walter Early and Benjamin Funke » Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents, Chronic Fatigue, a two-person exhibition of sculpture and photographs by the artists Walter Early and Benjamin Funke, running February 2 through March 6.
African Masks from the James Gaasch Collection at Humboldt’s Reese Bullen Gallery »

HSU’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents African Masks from the James Gaasch Collection on exhibit Feb. 10 through March 10. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., with a brief welcome and presentation about the collection at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Week of: Nov 29, 2015
First Street Gallery Hosts Solo Exhibition by Tsuya Pratt »

Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents, “I was Born, But…,” a solo exhibition featuring 500 small paintings by Tsuya Pratt. The exhibition runs through New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

A Madrigal Welcome, MRT’s Christmas Lullaby »

HSU Madrigal Singers go all a cappella and Mad River Transit jazz singers offer a contemporary Christmas Lullaby on Sunday, Dec. 6 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Theatre Satirizes Itself in “Anton in Show Business” at HSU »

Three actresses navigate a precarious production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters” in Texas, inside the maelstrom of 21st century American theatre. A satiric comedy that also echoes poignant themes of this classic Chekhov play, “Anton in Show Business” is on the Gist Hall Theatre stage for two weekends beginning Friday, December 4.

Calypso Band Greatest Hits Plus Marimba and We Got the Beat at HSU »

A youth group’s return, a marimba classic and some of the Calypso Band’s greatest hits are featured in an all-percussion concert on Saturday, December 5 at the Van Duzer Theatre.

The Force Awakens at Fulkerson Hall »

It’s not the new movie, but it is the signature music: HSU Symphonic Band plays two movements of the Star Wars Suite on Friday, December 4 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

First Street Rallies Support with “Ceramic” Exhibition and Sale »

Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents “Ceramic – affordable art for the season,” through Dec. 31. Featured in the show, will be artwork by twelve artists from California’s North Coast who work in diverse styles and mediums. The show is a fundraiser for the gallery, with a broad selection of affordable, high-quality ceramic pieces suitable for gift giving during the Holiday Season.

Jazz History Comes Alive at HSU with Billy Strayhorn Tribute »

HSU Jazz Orchestra honors Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington Orchestra arranger and composer, celebrating the centennial of his birth with an all-Strayhorn program, including a never before-performed arrangement, on Saturday, December 12 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

How Can They Keep From Singing? University Singers and Humboldt Chorale’s Holiday Concert »

With a seasonal flavor and a diverse menu of songs, the University Singers and Humboldt Chorale present their shared winter concert on Sunday, December 13 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Nov 15, 2015
HSU’s Art Department Hosts Fall Art and Artisans Fair »

Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents its annual Fall Art and Artisans Fair. For two days, the Art Department’s students and studio art clubs will sell paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, prints, mixed media creations and more.

Week of: Nov 01, 2015
Composers Concert Features Prize-Winning Work »

New works by three student composers, including a prize-winner, are presented in the HSU Composers Concert on Friday, November 6, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Guitar With A French Accent at HSU »

From “Claire de Lune” to Ravel, HSU Guitar Ensemble plays with a French accent—including homegrown music in the same spirit—in its concert on Friday, November 13, at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Humboldt Bay Brass Band in “Destiny of Knights & Cossacks” »

From opera overture to musical comedy, a Veterans Day tribute to a holiday season preview, Humboldt Bay Brass Band presents its autumn mash-up and its only HSU concert of the school year, “Destiny of Knights and Cossacks,” on Saturday, November 14 at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

One Night, Two Shows: Jazz Combomania at Fulkerson »

In two shows with different groups in each, HSU Jazz Combos take the Fulkerson Recital Hall stage on Sunday, November 15.

Week of: Oct 25, 2015
Stormy Beethoven, Jazzy Bolcom with Cindy Moyer & John Chernoff »

Violinist Cindy Moyer continues her project of playing all the Beethoven violin sonatas with the stormy Sonata in C Minor, plus a contemporary jazz-influenced sonata by William Bolcom and a lyrical sonata by Gabriel Faure, in concert with pianist John Chernoff on Sunday, November 8, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Oct 18, 2015
Tsunami Boat’s Journey Captured in New Children’s Book »

A small fishing boat swept into the ocean by the 2011 tsunami off the coast of Japan washed ashore two years later in the coastal Northern California town of Crescent City, about 350 miles north of San Francisco.

Week of: Oct 11, 2015
Photo Exhibit: 40 Years of North American Native Culture »

A new statewide traveling exhibition of photographs by artist Dugan Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute) that depict the diversity, richness and vibrancy of contemporary Native California cultures comes to Humboldt State University’s Goudi’ni Gallery. lo/Jemez Pueblo) on Friday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Week of: Oct 04, 2015
The Magic of Theatre and the Power of Love: HSU Presents Cole Porter’s Musical ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ »

With high-spirited singing and dancing backed by an orchestra of classic Broadway size, HSU evokes the 1948 of Cole Porter’s most applauded musical comedy “Kiss Me, Kate” in Van Duzer Theatre for two weekends beginning Friday October 16.

Week of: Sep 06, 2015
Faculty Performers in A Musical Welcome »

HSU Music Department presents its 2015 fall semester Faculty Welcome Concert on Saturday, September 12 at 5 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. A reception follows for all who attend.

Week of: Aug 30, 2015
Final Week: Popular Exhibition Closes Sunday »

Humboldt State University First Street Gallery presents Young Alumni 2015, on exhibit from Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, September 6. The exhibition features works by recent graduates from HSU’s Art Department.

Week of: Jun 14, 2015
Alums of Four Decades Gather to Sing for Harley »

How to honor retiring professor Harley Muilenburg after 32 years of teaching Humboldt State students to sing? More than 20 of his former students who were members of his Mad River Transit jazz singers from the 1980s through 2015 return to Fulkerson Recital Hall from all over California. They join HSU Music department faculty performers including pianist Daniela Mineva and violinist Cindy Moyer in a celebratory retirement concert, free and open to the public, on Saturday June 27 at 7 p.m.

Young Alumni Exhibition at HSU First Street Gallery »

Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents Young Alumni 2015 on exhibit from Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, September 6 featuring works by recent graduates of HSU’s Art Department.

Week of: May 17, 2015
The Business of Music: HSU Class Partners with Local Band, Record Label »

Humboldt State students teamed up with a local band and record label this semester to learn about the business of making music.

Week of: May 03, 2015
Student Composer Wins $1,000 DeLodder Prize »

HSU student Michael Donovan was awarded the $1,000 prize in the John W. DeLodder music composition competition on May 4 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Apr 26, 2015
Symphonic Band Celebrates Cinco de Mayo »

HSU Symphonic Band marks Cinco de Mayo with “La Fiesta Mexicana” and the relentless rhythms of “Huapango,” plus a World Music medley by North Coast composer Gregg Moore—and more, 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Calypso Band Dance Rhythms Return »

HSU Calypso Band brings its authentic Caribbean dance rhythms home after a triumphant northern California tour, and the Percussion Ensemble features a work highlighting Hawaiian rhythms at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2 in the Van Duzer Theatre.

Love Songs and Chili with Madrigals and MRT »

HSU Madrigal Singers perform a program of love songs, and Mad River Transit sings blues, a jazz waltz, a Martin Luther King tribute and a swinging chili recipe at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Humboldt Symphony Hosts Guest Conductor »

Humboldt Symphony hosts a guest conductor and guest pianist to join HSU pianist Daniela Mineva on Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos on Friday, May 8, and Sunday, May 10, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Party On Endor with HSU Jazz Orchestra »

HSU Jazz Orchestra plays new tunes by Arcata’s recording artist Nathan Parker Smith and band grad Dan Fair as well as student originals and jazz classics of several eras at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 9, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Sacred and Profane with Humboldt Chorale and University Singers »

Humboldt State University Singers perform selections from the popular cantata Carmina Burana, and the Humboldt Chorale sings music by Purcell, Mozart and Sondheim in their joint concert at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 10, in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Week of: Apr 12, 2015
Exploring the Wild Sonata with Cindy Moyer and Friends »

Violinist and HSU Music Department chair Cindy Moyer is joined by pianist Daniela Mineva and other musical friends to explore the dynamic and varied form of the violin sonata through works by Handel, Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.

Art Meets Technology in Digital Fabrication Class »

Students in Justin Klocke’s Digital Fabrication ART 396b class designed and created art this semester using something you don’t typically associate with art: a 3-D printer.

Week of: Apr 05, 2015
Costumes that Come to Life: Theatre Student Travels to D.C. for National Competition »

For Marissa Menezes (’15, Theatre), costume design is more than just dressing actors—it’s about having the opportunity to create an imaginary world out of nothing.

Polkadots and Moonbeams with AM Jazz Band »

AM Jazz Band performs tunes by contemporary and classic jazz composers at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.

HSU Percussion: Toccata, Canticle and A Woman’s Right to Drum »

HSU Percussion Ensemble breaks out all the instruments for classic works by Carlos Chavez, Lou Harrison and John Cage, and the World Percussion Group plays a traditional piece from Ghana that celebrates a woman’s right to drum, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Jazz Combos: Eclectic and Electric »

Four Jazz Combos perform an eclectic assortment of tunes at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU.

Week of: Mar 29, 2015
HSU Dance Concert ‘Of Breath and Body’ Opens April 9 »

Seven student choreographers and three faculty members present their latest works in this year’s HSU dance concert, Of Breath and Body, for two weekends beginning April 9 in the Van Duzer Theatre.

HSU Summer Program Celebrates Arts on the North Coast »

Humboldt State University is now accepting registrants for the Redwood Summer Arts Institute, a series of intensive artists’ workshops held July 10-12 and July 17-19 on the HSU campus.

AS to Host ‘Humboldt Rising!’ Music Festival »

Humboldt State’s Associated Students will host the Humboldt Rising! music festival, on Saturday, April 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Special Events Field on campus.

Week of: Mar 22, 2015
All or Nothing: Works by Ana Teresa Fernández »

Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents All or Nothing, an exhibition of paintings, mixed media works and videos by artist Ana Teresa Fernández on display April 1 to May 17. The gallery will present a selection of performance-based paintings and videos including two new works made for this exhibition.

Labeled: Uprooting Social Identities »

Humboldt State University’s First Street Gallery presents, “Labeled: Uprooting Social Identities,” in the gallery’s South Room from April 1 through May 17. This exhibition features 20 art students and alumni from HSU’s Art Department.

From Mambo to Tango with HSU Guitar Ensemble »

The HSU Guitar Ensemble continues its year-long exploration of Latin American music on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Airbrush Artist Carl Avery at the Goudi’ni Gallery »

The Goudi’ni Native American Art Gallery at Humboldt State University invites the community to view its latest exhibit, “Cultural Indifferences: The Art of Carl Avery.” The exhibit opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. and runs from April 9 through May 7.

Week of: Mar 15, 2015
Witches and Lovers Clash in Opera Workshop ‘Dido and Aeneas’ »

Witches and lovers clash when HSU Opera Workshop presents the lively and tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas in Gist Hall Theatre, Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29.

Voice of the Whale with the Lancaster Trio »

A cellist from Sacramento, a flutist from Venezuela and a pianist from Florida walked into a university in Lincoln, Nebraska. The result is the Lancaster Trio, performing a program at HSU that includes a work inspired by whale songs, on Thursday, March 26.

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