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UCI Drama tackles rage, love, and disillusionment in Green Day’s American Idiot

UCI DRAMA TACKLES RAGE, LOVE, AND DISILLUSIONMENT IN GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT

Irvine, Calif., May 10, 2018 –  UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama wraps its 2017 – 18 season, The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business, with Green Day’s iconic and defiant musical American Idiot. With songs from the punk band’s 2004 album of the same name, as well as additions from their follow-up 21st Century Breakdown, the soundtrack combines a visceral howl of coming-of age-disillusionment with the sharp-tongued political commentary that is Green Day’s trademark.

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Names the Annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award Recipients

The Department of Dance Honors Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu

Irvine, Calif., May 3, 2018 – The Department of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine announces their annual ASTAIREAWARDS® Scholarship and Award recipients are fourth-year dance students Laman Musayeva and Rachel Wu. The annual scholarship is given to students for excellence in dance, choreography, and music. The students will be honored at the upcoming Claire Trevor School of the Arts Scholarship breakfast at the Claire Trevor Theatre on Friday, May 11, 2018. 

A scientist in the dance studio

A Scientist in the Dance Studio

When you think of the artistry of dance, it probably conjures thoughts of bodies in motion in theatres and rehearsal studios and not stark white stem cell research laboratories or clinics; for Dr. Kelli Sharp, it does. For her, it is just another day in the classroom and at the office.

We recently sat down with Dr. Sharp to find out how she integrates her two passions as a scientist in a world of artists as she prepares to be a first-time artistic director for the upcoming Dance Escape 2018 graduate student choreography concert.

The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018 is back for a 6th year!

IRVINE, Calif.  (April 18, 2018) – UC Irvine's Improv Revolution (iRev) continues its tradition of The Coup de Comedy Festival 2018, a 4-day celebration of free fun for the community, featuring some of the best comedic talent in the world. iRev is an improvisational ensemble composed of undergraduate students from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). This year’s festival will be May 9-12, 2018 in the Little Theatre, Nixon Theatre, Winifred Smith Hall, xMPL, and other workshop spaces at CTSA.

Admissions to all festival events, workshops, and performances are free, however, reservations are required because of limited seating in each venue. Early sign-ups are highly encouraged; a limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.

To place reservations and obtain more information or calendar updates go to

Pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins to perform at UCI

Irvine, Calif., April 16, 2018 –The Gassmann Electronic Music Series at UC Irvine will present a concert and improvisation workshop by composer, improviser, and pioneer of the electric harp Zeena Parkins.

Ms. Parkins will perform her original work titled Captiva, a multi-movement composition that explores a compendium of possibilities on the acoustic harp, deploying improvisational strategies on composed fragments, triggering new material. The concert will be held Friday April 20, 2018 at 8:00 in Winifred Smith Hall in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on the campus of UC Irvine. The event is free; no ticket is required.

Earlier that same day, Friday, April 20, 2018, at 1:00 pm, Zeena Parkins will lead an Improvisation Workshop for musicians, held in Room 218 of the Music and Media Building at UCI. The workshop is free and open to all.

UCI Drama investigates history repeating in Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

UCI DRAMA INVESTIGATES HISTORY REPEATING IN TONY KUSHNER’S A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

Irvine, Calif., April 10, 2018 – UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Department of Drama continues its 2017 – 18 season “The Business of Politics/The Politics of Business” with Professor Andrew Borba’s fresh look at Tony Kushner’s ever-relevant A Bright Room Called Day. First written in 1985, at the play’s center is a group of friends in 1930s Berlin, experiencing the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Interspersed with this primary narrative is a contemporary American character, weighing parallels between the rise of Hitler, Reagan-era conservatism and the present day.

UCI Symphony’s meaningful connection with Santa Ana High School through develops through music

UC IRVINE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ADOPTION OF SANTA ANA HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA CONTINUES TO GROW, DEEPENING A MEANINGFUL CONNECTION FOR ALL

IRVINE, Calif., (April 2, 2018) – “This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Maestro Stephen Tucker, conductor of the UC Irvine (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra.

The Brahms Requiem brings 19th-century music masterpieces to the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

THE BRAHMS REQUIEM BRINGS 19TH-CENTURY MUSIC MASTERPIECES TO THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE.

Irvine, Calif., March 2, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Music will present the combining forces of the UCI Chamber Orchestra and UCI Chamber Singers, the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir (Cal State Long Beach), and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers in the captivating sounds of A German Requiem performing on March 9th at 8pm at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Tucker, the triple dynamics of the orchestra hope to move the audience with the captivating sounds of the 19th-century masterpieces through mixed sounds of classical instruments and a variety of vocal ranges in both compositions.

UCI Drama Looks at Immigration and Gender Equality in PLUMAS NEGRAS

UCI DRAMA LOOKS AT IMMIGRATION AND GENDER EQUALITY IN PROFESSOR JULIETTE CARRILLO’S PLUMAS NEGRAS

Dance Visions 2018 Mixes Art, Technology, and Choreography

DANCE VISIONS 2018 MIXES ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY DANCE LEGENDS AT THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE 

Irvine, Calif., February 14, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Dance will proudly present thrilling pieces by several prestigious choreographers in the annual event, Dance Visions performing from February 22-24 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The event consists of original works by UCI Distinguished Professors Lar Lubovitch, and Donald McKayle, along with Chad Michael Hall, Lisa Naugle, and video direction by John Crawford. Artistic collaborations include a performance by violinist/composer Mari Kimura, set design by Dipu Gupta, and lighting design by Lonnie Alcaraz. The event will also comprise the reconstruction of “The Kingdom of the Shades” a celebrated scene from Marius Petipa’s full-length ballet La Bayadère by Tong Wang and Diane Diefenderfer.

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