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Szukalski: Drawings 

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Curator | Mike McGee
February 2 through March 7, 2013
Begovich Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 5pm-8pm


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spacerStanislav Szukalski was born in Warta, Poland on December 13, 1893. When he was only six years old, a teacher sent him to the headmaster's office for whittling a pencil. The headmaster examined the pencil more closely and discovered that young Stanislav had carved a tiny, near-perfect figure. Instead of punishing him, he called the local newspaper which did a feature on the art prodigy. 

Szukalski came to the United States and lived in Chicago when he was in his teens. He became a member of the Chicago renaissance luminaries along with Ben Hecht, Carl Sandburg and Clarence Darrow. Two large monographs were published during those years, The Work of Szukalski (Covici-McGee, 1923) and Projects in Design (University of Chicago Press, 1929).

Szukalski returned to Poland in 1934, when the government proclaimed him their "Greatest Living Artist" and built the Szukalski National Museum to house his works. In 1939, the Nazi Siege of Warsaw resulted in the destruction of the museum and his life's work. Szukalski moved to Southern California, where he languished in obscurity, supporting himself by drawing maps for an aerospace company and obsessively writing and creating art meant to prove the theory that all human culture derived from a single origin on Easter Island after the biblical Deluge of Noah. Szukalski used his considerable artistic talents to illustrate his theories, which, despite their lack of scientific merit, have gained a cult following largely on their aesthetic value.

In 1971 his work and existence were rediscovered by artist Glenn Bray, who became his patron and who later issued two other publications, Troughful of Pearls (Bray/Zwalve, 1980) and Inner Portraits (Bray/Zwalve, 1982). Szukalski died in Burbank, California on May 19th, 1987. Archives Szukalski is now preserving all of Szukalski’s work.

For the first time, this exhibition will bring together and feature the artist’s drawings and working drawings for his sculptures.

Grand Central Art Center MFA Residents Exhibition

preston daniels

February 2 through April 21, 2013
Grand Central Art Center | Education Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, from 7:00pm until 10:00pm

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The MFA Residents Exhibition will feature work by the artists currently residing at Grand Central Art Center. The GCAC houses 28 residential apartments on its privately secured second floor, 26 of the apartments are dedicated living spaces for students of California State University Fullerton's College of the Arts MFA program. The Center also includes active studio space for each of the artists.

A Bach Bouquet: Chamber Music for Cello, Flute and Klaviers

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Rob Watson, director
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

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To honor the 328th birthday of J S Bach, four exciting instrumental soloists will join forces to create a stunning arrangement of "flowers from the garden of Bach's compositions."

This "Bach Bouquet" presents four solo and duo works by J S Bach. Joining Rob Watson, piano, will be flutist Jean Ferrandis, cellist Bongshin Ko, and pianist Alison Edwards. Works will include the Flute Sonata in B minor, the Cello Suite in G major, the Partita in E minor, and the Concerto in C major for two solo pianos.

Talich Quartet

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8 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013
Meng Concert Hall

$25 ($20 Titan Discount)
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For several decades, the Talich Quartet has been recognized internationally as one of Europe's finest chamber ensembles. The Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich, during his studies at the Prague Conservatory, and named for his uncle Vaclav Talich, the renowned chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. Today, the Talich Quartet continuines the tradition of its predecessors through involvement in a wide spectrum of musical engagements and recording activities. Jan Talich, the current first violinist, is the son of the Quartet's founder.

Beethoven Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Janacek Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer"
Debussy Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Alison Edwards & Bill Cunliffe, duo piano

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8 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013
Meng Concert Hall

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spacerPianist Alison Edwards maintains an active career of teaching and performing while leading the nationally recognized Piano Pedagogy Program at Cal State Fullerton. An exciting soloist and chamber musician, she has been featured in concerto performances with several orchestras including the Peninsula Symphony, the Marina del Rey/Westchester Symphony, the Brentwood Symphony and the Rio Hondo Symphony. Edwards was first prize winner in the Carmel Music Society Competition. Her playing has been described as “alternating strength and delicacy, playing with incredible fluency... a truly thrilling performance” (Sunday Peninsula Herald). Edwards' regional and national performances include solo and collaborative recitals at venues such as Steinway Hall- Los Angeles, Schoenberg Hall-UCLA, the Lawrence Conservatory, the Irvine Barclay Theater, the SMU Meadows School of the Arts and for the LA Museum of Contemporary Art Citycircus event. She has enjoyed collaborating with Southern California's leading musicians, including members of the Orange County Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy® Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. The winner of several Down Beat awards for his big band and orchestral pieces toured as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He currently plays with his trio, his big band and his Latin band, Imaginación, and performs in the U.S. and around the world as a leader and sideman. 
His most recent album is "Three's Company," with flutist Holly Hofmann and guest artists including violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Ken Peplowski (Capri Records, 2010).

Cunliffe is a winner of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and has received stipends from the National Endowment for the Arts. Orchestras across the country and overseas have performed his works, and many of his recordings have charted in nationwide jazz polls.

Rachmaninoff | Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Bill Cunliffe | Overture, Waltz and Rondo
a Two-Piano Version of his Grammy nominated work for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra

Frederica von Stade Masterclass
Featuring Students of CSUF Vocal Area

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4 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013
Meng Concert Hall

Free admission for all students (with I.D. at the door)
$15 General public
General admission seating

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spacer“During the past three decades, Frederica von Stade has gathered legions of admirers worldwide... Her stage performances and recitals combine superior artistry with emotional directness, clarity of tone with crystalline diction, natural elegance with unpretentious passion"

Donald Spoto, Opera News

Join us as Frederica von Stade shares her time and talent giving a Master Class to four of our most outstanding Vocal Area students; Chelsea Lyons, Kristi James, Ashley Johnson and Tiffani Santiago. You will certainly enjoy hearing them, and watching them learn vocal, musical and stage techniques from “Flicka” as she shares from her breadth of knowledge, superior artistry and emotional directness in the world of classical music.

Admission for all students (CSUF and all other high school, college and universities) is free of charge with student I.D.

University Singers National ACDA Concert Preview with guest choir: The Fullerton College Concert Choir

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Robert Istad and John Tebay, directors
Friday, February 22, 2013, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

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MP2

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spacerCalifornia State University, Fullerton's University Singers are directed by Robert Istad, and are recognized as one of the nation's premiere collegiate choral ensembles. The University Singers have been featured in prestigious performances throughout the world, and have performed with a variety of professional orchestras including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Internationally acclaimed for their exquisite musicianship they have been invited to perform at conferences and conventions throughout the world, including those organized by the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. In 2007, the choir worked with composer Eric Whitacre to record the ensemble material for his opera, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. Concert tours given by the University Singers have included performances in Italy, Spain, Australia, South America, Eastern Europe and Italy.

The Singers have been chosen to perform at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association this March in Dallas Texas. This concert features the repertoire to be performed at the conference. The Singers will be joined by the Fullerton College Concert Choir, which has also been selected to perform at the conference.

Arvo Pärt | Berliner Messe
J.S. Bach | Christ lag in TodesBanden, BWV 4
Paul Ayres | Ruth
Tarik O’Regan | Triptych

 

Five Flights

five flights

February 22 - March 17, 2013
8:00 p.m.: February 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
2:00 p.m.: February 24, March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Hallberg Theatre

Single Tickets $11 ($10 with advance Titan Discount) - 1 FlexTix credit

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spacerSiblings Ed and Adele inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul, he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren. The grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure and folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction and fears of commitments and relationships.

“A rare discovery in a new play--an intricately constructed comedy about love and grief that is incredibly funny, surprisingly touching and soaring with joyful humanity...a not-to-be-missed theatrical triumph...” Back Stage

by Adam Bock • Directed by James R. Taulli

Adult Language and Content

Del Sol String Quartet and Voice: featuring guest composer in residence Chinary Ung in celebration of his 70th Birthday

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Pamela Madsen, artistic director 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

$15 ($13 Titan Discount)
MP2

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The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse. 

Critically acclaimed as “steeped in bravery and imagination,” this high energy quartet of master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers and artists across cultures and art forms. Del Sol commissions and performs accessible new music from the brightest living voices around the world. Many of the group’s captivating performances include innovative collaborations with electronica and traditional instruments from other cultures – Asian, Latin American and indigenous Australian. Del Sol also has astounded audiences with one-of-a-kind multimedia dance, video and opera productions.

Ben Johnston: String Quartet #10
Chinary Ung: Spiral X (in memoriam)
Ken Ueno: I Pulse, When You Breathe
Gabriela Lena Frank: Leyendas-An Andean Walkabout

To read more about composer Ken Ueno, click here

CSUF New Music Ensemble with Lisa Bielawa composer-vocalist and musicians from soundSCAPE and Chinary Ung

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Pamela Madsen, artistic director 
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

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This performance is part of the New Music Festival: Voice in the 21st Century.

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. She takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Gramophone reports, “Bielawa is gaining gale force as a composer, churning out impeccably groomed works that at once evoke the layered precision of Vermeer and the conscious recklessness of Jackson Pollock,” andThe New York Times describes her music as, “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart.”

Read more about Lisa Bielawa here

Chinary Ung was the first American composer to win the highly coveted and international Grawemeyer Award (1989), sometimes called the Nobel prize for music composition. Among other honors, Ung has received awards from The Kennedy Center (Friedheim award), The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Asia Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Ken Ueno: Prana (Flute and voice, Jane Rigler and Tony Arnold)
Aperghis: Recitations for 6 voices (Tony Arnold, Lisa Bielawa, CSUF students: Cassie Venaglia, Cassie Parmenter, Kaleigh Schiro, Cristina Jones)
Chinary UngSpiral XI: Mother and Child for viola and voice (Susan Ung)
Pamela Madsen: Big Basin for voice, piano and large ensemble (Mark Goodrich, spoken/sung voice, Pamela Younger piano)
Lisa Bielawa: 'a collective cleansing' for solo voice and CD or laptop playback.
Franco Donatoni: Clair For solo clarinet (Rimvydas Savickas)
Chinary Ung: Seven Mirrors for solo piano (Mikhail Korshev, piano)
Zorn: Cobra for large ensemble (Leader—Thomas Rosenkranz; Guest Vocalists: Ken Ueno and Lisa Bielawa; soundSCAPE and the CSUF New Music Ensemble

   
   

 

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