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UC DAVIS ARTS INITIATIVE The UC Davis Arts Initiative, led by Associate Professor of Music Laurie San Martin, spent the last three years exploring innovative and exciting ways to support and promote the work of the six cam- pus arts departments and programs: Theatre and Dance, Music, Art Studio, Creative Writing, Cinema and Technocultural Studies, and Design. Beginning with a web page that featured stories about the arts on campus to an ambitious music and arts festival in Winter 2013, the arts initiative showcased and enriched the work and research of UC Davis creative faculty and graduate students.

By all accounts, the multi-dimensional arts festival titled Worlds of Discovery and Loss: The Art of Migration was a great success (see “Events” section) with the Mondavi Center providing the main venue for art installations, theatrical pieces, and musical performances created or curated by faculty and students in Music, Art Studio, and Theatre & Dance. The Arts Story Corps, consisting of a pair of talented arts graduate students recruited by San Martin to write about the arts of campus, provided previews and reviews of the various components of the festival. Their stories, offering a unique vantage point from students writing within the various arts programs, can be accessed in the archives section of the Humanities Institute website:


“Stop right there,” a smiling but firm uniformed officer tells me as I attempt to make my way into the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on a recent Thursday. The officer and her partner make me stand for what seems like an eternity as they speak in hushed voices, analyzing my image on a screen above my head and not visible to

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:30–8:00 pm

Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center

Drawing on Migrations: Opening Reception hibition of large-scale works by Chau Huynh, Rybovich Crallé, Alan Hopkins, and Meredith ble on paper and small objects in the Mondavi

er’s Lobby, on display January 30–February 28, curated by Robin Hill.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:05 pm

Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center shinkoskey noon Concert: Calder Quartet

Rootstock Percussion Mayumi Hama, marimba

Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:00–4:00 pm

Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center

panel discussion: Art and Migration, moderated by David Kyle, Professor of Sociology at UC Davis, with guest panelists Anthony

Sheppard (musicologist, Williams College), Maria Elena González (Cuban-American sculptor), Philip Kan Gotanda (American

playwright, UC Berkeley), Peter Kulchyski (Native Studies, University of Manitoba),

and Chan Park (a Korean P’ansori expert and professor at Ohio State University).

FrIday, February 1, 2013 8:00 pm empyrean ensemble

Works by Liang, Coll, Khumalo, and Besharse. Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm in the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby.

saTurday, February 2, 2013 8:00 pm Calder Quartet Program I: works by Ravel, Omiccioli, Liang, and Bartók. Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm.

sunday, February 3, 2013 7:00 pm

Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center uC davis symphony Orchestra

Christian Baldini, music director and conductor

featuring Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, marimba Works by Hsieh, San Martin, Ligeti, and Prokofiev.

saTurday, February 2, 2013 10:30 pm Stranger, Beware . . . A night of European cabaret with Bella Merlin of the Department of Theatre & Dance, with Michael Seth Orland, piano.

sunday, February 3, 2013 2:00 pm Calder Quartet Program II: works by Suleiman, Tallon, Cless, and Mendelssohn.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:00 pm Migration and Other Projects A presentation by MFA candidates in the Department of Theatre & Dance, supported by the ITDP (Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance, and Performance)

In the Vanderhoef studio Theatre, mondavi Center:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:00 pm Chan park, Korean p’ansori P’ansori is the tradition of Korean story- singing—in this case, both in English and Korean—and is performed by one singer with a barrel drum.

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