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UC Davis Fall Arts Begin Oct. 4

Music, art, design and theatre come together at UC Davis on a single day through exhibitions, performances and events. On Oct. 4, the College of Letters and Science’s arts programs showcase the diversity of the university’s performing and visual arts in a series of free events.

The Shinkoskey Noon Concert series returns to the Ann E. Pitzer Center with “Late Debussy Duets.” Featuring Hrabba Atladottir, violin, Leighton Fong, cello, Karen Rosenak, piano and Michael Seth Orland, piano, the concert includes “6 épigraphes antiques,” Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Sonata for Violin and Piano. 

The C.N. Gorman Museum opens “Recent Acquisitions from the Southwest,” which spotlightsrecent gifts from private collections to the museum including traditional works of pottery, baskets and textiles as well as contemporary paintings, sculpture and prints. Located in Hart Hall, the museum’s hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Sundays, 2-5 p.m. The exhibition runs through Dec. 7.

The Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture series presents Alison Saar, who creates artworks that frequently transform found objects to reflect themes of cultural and social identity, history, and religion. Saar’s presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Education Room at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

At 6 p.m., the Design Museum opens “Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making,” an exploration of Japan’s textile design methods featuring fabrics and garments from alumna Catherine Cerny’s extensive collection. The exhibition’s installation evokes the aesthetic of a traditional Japanese market where many of the objects were purchased. At the opening reception, Cerny will offer a tour through the collection. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Dec. 9. The Design Museum is located in Cruess Hall and open Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m.  

After its successful launch in 2017, the Ground & Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) returns with Mark Rigney’s “Summertime.” In the not too distant future, a middle-class family deals with a health care crisis after the U.S. Congress outlaws medicine and medical practitioners as a solution to a population dilemma. Directed by Tom Burmester, GFTF co-founder and doctoral student, the play is performed in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre at 7 p.m. The drama is in repertory through Oct. 6 with Sam Collier’s dark comedy, “Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King,” directed by alumna Lisa Quoresimo. For complete schedule visit

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra performs as part of the Rising Stars of Opera program at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring singers from the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows program, this year’s concert celebrates the legacy of the late Barbara K. Jackson who sponsored the program. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently sold out, but there may be limited availability for this performance. Contact the ticket office to get up-to-the-minute ticket availability information. 

For complete information about the arts at UC Davis visit and sign up for the Arts Newsletter. Published monthly during the academic year, the newsletters provide links to a variety of performances, exhibitions and events that showcase the best of UC Davis artists, musicians, scholars, and performers, whether faculty, students or alumni.



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