UC Irvine Art Department: Recontextualizing Instruction During Changing Times

The visual and performing arts inspire and enlighten us. They provide solace, help us rise above difficulties and uplift our spirits during times of change and confusion. “Art is essential to the well-being of individuals and society...”

A New Cultural Paradigm at the UC Irvine School of the Arts

“Performance is the golden thread of connection among living bodies,” said Stephen Barker Ph.D., Dean, UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), during a recent Zoom interview. “It captures the essence of the human experience.”

Art and soul

#UCIArtsAnywhere encourages people to post photos or videos of themselves engaging with the arts on social media.

UCI Campus Virtual Reality Tour

Even though we cannot host our future students on campus at this time, it is no reason for you to not be able to take a tour! Learn more about UCI here. (Hosted through You Visit)

UCI Campus Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The UCI Coronavirus website is dedicated to keeping the UCI Anteater Community up-to-date on the latest information pertaining to the coronavirus.

UCI commencement ceremonies to take place June 14-17

UCI will host commencement services for its 54th graduating class over four days in the Bren Events Center. Between Friday, June 14, and Monday, June 17, 11 ceremonies will take place – with UCI awarding 10,323 undergraduate degrees to 9,403 Anteaters.

Acclaimed Pianist Mari Akagi to Perform at UCI

In a rare appearance here in the United States, acclaimed pianist Mari Akagi will perform at UCI Winifred Hall on Saturday, May 25th, beginning at 8pm. She will be accompanied by UCI faculty members Kei Akagi on piano, and Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi.

UCI Jazz Orchestra

If you have the chance to attend a concert at UCI’s Winifred Smith Hall, I highly recommend doing so! There are 205 seats, banked steeply in three tiers that crowd the stage so that the audience feels as if the entire orchestra is right there at our...

UCI’s Kei Akagi is inspired by both classic jazz musicians and emerging songwriters

“First, the faculty here has always been a fantastically fertile ground for the creation of new ideas to experiment with,” said Akagi. “And secondly, there are my students, who are constantly bringing fresh ideas for me to experience..."

Spring Theater Preview

"Finally, we couldn’t give a rundown of Orange County’s theatrical presentations in the Spring without mentioning UCI Claire Trevor’s School of the Arts..."

Irvine’s Amazing Academic Arts Venues

Over the past several years, my wife and I have seen some amazing talent through the many performances we’ve attended at Irvine’s college arts venues. These programs have become a source of tremendous enjoyment for us...

UCI’s Experimental Media & Performance Lab

I suspect that most readers have never attended a performance (or have even heard of) UCI’s Experimental Media & Performance Lab. It’s one of seven separate performing arts theatres on campus and it’s by far the most unusual...

Dessen jazz trio explores the sounds of science by improvising with software

Los Angeles Times reporter Cristofer Gross features Professors Michael Dessen and Nicole Mitchell regarding their upcoming concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on October 26.

Michael Dessen Trio to perform at Fresh Sound Series

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music and his Trio will perform in Fresh Sound Series

Trio Céleste breathes life into classical works in Flagler performance

Claire Trevor School of the Arts Ensemble-in-Residence Trio Céleste is featured in he news for one of their latest performances in Palm Beach, Florida.

MIDI Music

Pamela Z, a pioneer in solo vocal performance with electronics, uses gesture-recognition MIDI devices to control music and video during a show in UCI’s Winifred Smith Hall.

Artist of the Week: Daniel Lopez

For the past four years, Santa Ana High School students have been learning alongside musicians from UC Irvine in a series of master classes and coaching sessions that lead to year-end concerts in which the high school and college students play side by...

Return of the Opera: Dido and Aeneas

After a five-year hiatus, opera finally made an appearance at UCI last weekend. Winifred Smith Hall, home to all kinds of theatrical and musical productions, opened its doors Friday and Saturday night for a performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and...