"A consistent theme throughout my career has been new interpretations of historical, political and literary works revitalized through unique materials and techniques. “History painting” may seem anachronistic to contemporary art, but I use the genre to describe an entire range of contemporary dialogues, especially how images are contained by the singular mind and society as a whole." -- Tony de los Reyes
The Border Series paintings combine two “orders” - abstract painting and the border that separates Mexico and the United States. Their relationship concerns components that are inherent in each: the demarcation of space through a conceptual framework, and its resulting material manifestation. Both systems rely on a combination of organic and inorganic materials and processes. The border itself can be addressed as site of politicized abstraction. It also utilizes specific materials and processes to organize otherwise incoherent space. The Rio Grande, a geological, natural boundary that dominates the eastern portion of the border, turns abruptly into a geometric bifurcation on the western half of the border. This push and pull of “landscape” and “border,” which is inherent in topographical mapping, also happens to be the most significant occupation of abstract painting. This solo exhibition will mark the premiere of Reyes new body of work.
Fall Dance Theatre
Through November 4, 2012 8:00pm: November 1, 2, 3 2:00pm: November 4
There’s passion and drama in these dancing feet! Ideas, memories, adventures and experiences are reflected in the performances of these talented dancers. Spend an afternoon or evening at one of the best “date nights or family afternoons” that Southern California has to offer.
“To learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same." Martha Graham
Sean C. Flaherty
Grand Central Art Center | Don Cribbs Project Space
November 3, 2012 through January 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 7pm-10pm
Sean C. Flaherty is a Los Angeles based artist who has been considering issues of identity and communication through shared cultural experiences such as theater, music, and film. While he often uses appropriated imagery, Flaherty will also appear in his own work, using his likeness when dealing with the personal to explore family traditions and relationship dynamics. Video is his primary medium but he also works in sculpture, photography, and drawing. He received his BFA from California State University Long Beach, and his MFA from CalArts. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Center and is part of this year’s Baker’s Dozen IV exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum.
Through a three act video installation, appropriating the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Les Misérables (based upon the 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo), artist Sean C. Flaherty explores complex family and relationship dynamics. The installation at Grand Central Art Center includes the video works: Act I The Confrontation: Script as Set; Act II One Day More: A Family in Parts; Act III A Heart Full of Love: Familiar Parts. Flaherty’s work allows the personal to become universal, providing seemingly intimate and private shared matters to be opened to critique.
A Bright New Boise
Through November 10, 2012 8pm: Nov 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
Summoning the Rapture, this comedy will shatter preconceptions about the sacred, the profane & the secret lives of big box retailers
By Stephan D. Hunter
Directed by Mark Ramont
Ostinato vo' seguire: Musical Formulae of the Renaissance and Baroque
Friday, November 2, 2012, 8pm
Faculty Artist and soprano Bianca Hall began playing piano at the age of four, but only began studying voice after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at UCLA. She has since received both Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance from CSU Fullerton and is currently in the doctoral program in Early Music Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California.
This performance of Rennaisance and Baroque music features performers:
Bianca Hall, soprano
Anne-Marie Dicce, soprano
Alexandra Opsahl, recorder & cornetto
Ian Pritchard, virginal
Frédéric Rosselet, baroque cello
Jason Yoshida, lute, archlute, & theorbo
Concert Program Tromboncino: Ostinato vo' seguire Frescobaldi: Aria di romanesca Frescobaldi: Prima parte sopra l’aria di ruggieri Purcell: The plaint (from The Fairy Queen) Charpentier: Sans frayeur dans ce bois Strozzi: L’Eraclito amoroso L. Rossi: La bella piu bella Monteverdi: Ohimè, ch'io cado Frescobaldi: Ceccona a due tenori Monteverdi: Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben? Monteverdi: Zefiro torna
String Festival Concert
Sunday, November 4, 2012, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
The Cal State Fullerton Honors Orchestra String Festival is made up of student musicians who attend by invitation only, based on recommendations of musical directors, conductors and private teachers throughout the region. They will participate in a day of rehearsals and perform in the Meng Concert Hall with our renowned faculty, and perform alongside CSUF string students who will act as section leaders. It is a unique format, and an exciting experience we hope to provide for the most talented area string students each year.
University Singers & Concert Choir
Robert Istad and Christopher Peterson, directors
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
California 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 CSUF Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Peterson, is an auditioned, mixed ensemble. The Concert Choir gives a number of performances in Southern California every year, and has also toured in Canada, Hawaii and the United States. The Concert Choir performs a variety of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire, and often collaborates with the CSUF University Singers to present performances of choral-orchestral masterworks. They have joined the University Singers in performances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
Performing works by Pärt, Bach, Ayres, O'Regan, Beethoven, de Victoria, Finzi, and Hogan
“Musical Paella: Scenes from Opera, Light Opera and Zarzuela”
Janet Smith & Mark Salters, directors
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Sunday, November 11, 2012
For over 15 years the CSUF OPERA THEATRE program has been directed by Professors Janet Smith and Mark Salters. They produce opera excerpts, one acts and full-length operas, both on campus, and at various venues in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. Each spring the CSUF Opera Theatre presents a fully staged opera production with orchestra; past repertoire includes Hansel and Gretel, Albert Herring, The Elixir of Love, The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Street Scene, The Gondoliers, The Mikado and The Crucible. The production in the fall is a program of various opera scenes and one act operas.
Featuring music from:
Le Nozze Di Figaro - Rigoletto - West Side Story - Carmen - Don Pasquale - La Chulapona - Oklahoma - Luisa Fernanda - La Revoltosa - Giulio Cesare - Gianni Schicchi
November 9 - December 9, 2012
8pm: November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8
2pm: November 11, 17, 18, December 1, 2, 8, 9
It’s 1965—free love, civil unrest, marijuana, the military draft, Vietnam war and college kids trying to find their way to adulthood. Michael Weller’s comedy has a deep conscience as the struggling collection
of young men and women cope with the loss of a parent, changing
feminist expectations, shallow sex and a changing America.
“A phenomenal, virtuoso display of wit and verbal imagination.”
The New York Times
By Michael Weller • Directed by Travis Donnelly
Mature Subject Matter & Crude Language
Interstice: New Economies for Creative Communities
Curators | Cassandra Erb & Kimberly Mckinnis
November 10 — December 13, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 5pm-8pm
Interstice: New Economies for Creative Communities, is framed as a recent historical survey that speaks about the relevance and contribution of past artistic practices that have contributed to a particular direction in art making now beyond the year 2012. Beginning with the 1970's, this show examines an artistic journey that spans the movements of pre and post relational aesthetics, social aesthetics, participatory artwork, and art and social practice.Two dimensional, three dimensional, video and performance works as well as a variety of educational programming are included in our scope. The goal of this show is to speak, and raise awareness about, the roots of current relational and community based art practices as well as the future of those practices. We are very interested a curatorial concept that functions within the context of how fine art, and fine art exhibitions can benefit and contribute to the community and the values and projects within communities.
Art is it’s own currency: it can reside outside the conversation of money, helping to develop new economies. The artist lives in a world where one is free to make. Although western culture operates within the capitalist structure, rewriting the rules is accessible. This is an exploration of those incongruities.
Our goal is to create a conversion between artists who step away from or question traditional economic structures calling attention the phenomenon that is today’s Art Market. The nature of Art and means of distribution are changing with the globalization of the world. The functionality of art is no longer living only within the gallery walls. Art is free to do is at it pleases, define and redefine: a continuous conversation. “The artwork now looks like a social interstice and in which these experiences and these new ‘life possibilities’ prove to be possible.” (Bourriaud 170)
University Symphony Orchestra
Kimo Furumoto, director
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 4pm
Meng Concert Hall
The University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Kimo Furumoto, is dedicated to the training of outstanding instrumentalists in the performance of a wide range of styles in the orchestral repertoire. They have performed with international artists from Richard Stoltzman to Deborah Voigt, and in addition to the regular concert series, the orchestra collaborates with university choruses, Opera Theatre, CSUF faculty-artists, internationally renowned guest artists and local performing arts groups. Students are regularly presented with numerous opportunities to study orchestral repertoire in master class settings with faculty artists, regional professional orchestra musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as well as internationally acclaimed performers and teachers including Yo-yo Ma, Fredell Lack, the Turtle Island String Quartet, St. Petersburg Quartet and many others.
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Rossini: Overture from Barber of Seville
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Mitchell Fennell, director
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
We believe that music is a life-long activity, and want every student regardless of their major to have an opportunity to continue playing. The University Band is designed and structured for the student pursuing music as a hobby. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Fennell and assisted by graduate students, making this a unique learning opportunity for ensemble members and conductors alike.
Jazz Small Groups
Bill Cunliffe, director
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 8pm
Jazz Small Groups are ensembles of quartets, quintets and sextets of musicians from the jazz program at Cal State Fullerton. Under the direction of Chuck Tumlinson and Bill Cunliffe, these ensembles perform jazz arrangements by well known composers and arrangers including Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Loesser and Bill Cunliffe,
The Drunken City
November 16-December 8, 2012 8pm: Nov 16, 29, 30, Dec 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 2pm: Nov 17
Since 2001, Cello Choir has offered participants a unique performing opportunity comprised of rehearsals, sectionals, master classes and concerts with guest artists and conductors. Cello Choir members are CSUF students or High School students over the age of 16 who are selected by audition.
This performance includes the premiere of a new commissioned work by faculty composer Steven Mahpar. Also being performed: Spanish dance music as well as lyrical tunes by Matz, Bruch, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff.
University Wind Symphony featuring Saxophonist Rami-El Farrah
Mitchell Fennell, director
Friday, November 16, 2012, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
This performance features CSUF alum Saxophonist Rami-El Farrah. Rami El-Farrah grew up primarily in San Diego, California. He completed his undergraduate work in saxophone performance at California State University-Fullerton and received his Master of Music and Doctoral of Music Arts degrees in saxophone performance at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Harvey Pittel. He is fluent in the performance of both jazz and classical saxophone, and has performed with a number of groups internationally and around the Central Texas area including the Austin Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Monster Big Band.
Dr. El-Farrah currently teaches saxophone at The University of Texas at San Antonio. There he coaches talented saxophonists and leads a saxophone ensemble. He has recorded extensively with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Circus Maximus and as a soloist/arranger on two Tex Sax albums entitled Tex Sax Next Generation and Over the Rainbow and Bach Again. He received numerous scholarships and awards upon entering both his undergraduate work at CSU-Fullerton as well as his graduate work at UT Austin, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance.
Shostakovich | Festive Overture
Mackey | Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble
(with Rami El-Farrah)
Orff, arr. John Krance | Carmina Burana Suite
Todd Miller and Steve Mahpar, Directors
Monday, November 26, 2012, 8pm
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Ludwig Van Beethoven, John Sdechlik, Martin Luther, and others
Jazz Singers with the CSUF Jazz Trio
John Proulx, director
Friday, November 30, 2012, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall
The Jazz Singers are composed mainly of performance and choral education majors. They have performed at the Reno Jazz Festival and at Point Loma Nazarene University. In recent years, the ensemble has been proud to host and perform with the talented Four Freshmen, who have been making incredible music for over fifty years, and other guest artists. Plans are in the works to travel as this group continues to gain experience performing in as many different venues as possible.
He Beeped When He Shoulda Bopped (Dizzie Gillespie, Arranged by Michele Weir) Love Walked In (Music by George Gershwin, Lyric by Ira Gerswhin, Arranged by John Proulx) Girl From Ipanema (Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lyric by Norman Gimbel) Featuring Katie Jackson and Gabriel Nozot They Can't Take That Away From Me (Music by George Gershwin, Lyric by Ira Gershwin) Featuring Ruth Lee and Maleah Callison The Meaning Of The Blues (Music by Bobby Troup, Lyric by Leah Worth, Arranged by John Proulx) Rhythm Deranges (Arranged by John Proulx) Baby, It's Cold Outside (Music and Lyric by Frank Loesser) Featuring Isaac Manriquez and Taylor Thornton) Unforgettable (Music and Lyric by Irving Gordon, Arranged by John Proulx) Featuring Adam Braun and Ebun Agboola Muddy Waters (By Trent, OE Rose, Richman, Arranged by Michele Weir) How Do You Keep The Music Playing (Music by Michel Legrand, Lyric by Marilyn and Alan Bergman) Featuring Brandon Harris and Reina Rodriguez You're My Twin (Music by John Proulx, Lyric by K. Lawrence Dunham) Featuring Celina and Carolyn Nguyen Look For The Silver Lining (Music by Jerome Kern, Lyric by BG DeSylva, Arranged by John Proulx)
November 30 - December 16, 2012 8:00pm: November 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 2:00pm: December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Passionate, earthy and poignant, it’s easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
personal favorite. In a Maine coastal village, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries Julie Jordan, who is soon with child. Billy is far from perfect, but how he eventually instills a sense of family hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. The classic songs You’ll Never Walk Alone, If I Loved You and June is Bustin’ Out All Over are just a few of the hits that have kept audiences humming and singing as they exit the theatre for over six decades!
Music by Richard Rodgers • Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Eve Himmelheber • Musical Direction by Mitchell Hanlon • Choreography by William F. Lett