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CenterArts proudly announces another astounding performing arts season for 2016-17. Humboldt State University will host some of the leading performers and thinkers in the worlds of comedy, music, dance, science, and theater, beginning this August through May, 2017.
AS Presenters a number of great events for the coming academic year.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s all about rainbows at the Madrigal Singers and Mad River Transit concert on Sunday May 1 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Humboldt State University announced its Outstanding Students 2016-2017 at award ceremonies on April 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In two shows with different groups in each, HSU Jazz Combos take the Fulkerson Recital Hall stage on Sunday, November 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.