Gassmann Electronic Music Series

The Living Earth Show: Hyphen


Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall

Hyphen showcases new works written for The Living Earth Show by Iranian electroacoustic music composers of different generations: Alireza Mashayekhi, Aida Shirazi, Farnood HaghaniPour, and Nima Rowshan. The concert celebrates Mashayekhi's 80th birthday, and features the world premiere of his new work Labyrinth II.

Free admission.

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Saxophones with Strings Attached

Saturday, February 1, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Swedish saxophonist and composer Anders Lundegård presents several new compositions alongside classical masterpieces of the eighteenth- and twentieth-century, with UCI pianist Yuliya Minina, and a string trio and quartet composed of UCI students. Dr. Lundegård is famous for the witty and educational presentation of his programs, which offer asides on Swedish and American culture, as well as music history and the legacy of the saxophone. 


Flute Sonata in D, Op. 94 (1943), Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged for soprano saxophone and piano by Anders Lundegård

Conversation Piece for alto saxophone and piano (2018) , Anders Lundegård
Waltz up?
Ragtime Rage
Give them Some Swing to talk about

Based on the informal groups portraits associated with

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The Penelopiad

Written by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Sara Rodriguez


February 5 - 9, 2020

Claire Trevor Theatre

Margaret Atwood retells Homer’s classic "The Odyssey" from Penelope’s perspective. As Odysseus is indefinitely gone to fight in the infamous Trojan Wars, his wife patiently waits for him in the company of her loyal maids while raising a child and cleverly avoiding suitors knocking at her door. "The Penelopiad" takes the audience on an epic journey from Penelope’s birth in Sparta, to her arranged marriage to Odysseus, her journey to Ithaca, her relationship with Helen, the birth of her son, and her survival. All this os told posthumously by Penelope herself.

From the author of "The Handmaid's Tale"

Evening: Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Evenings: Feb. 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Feb. 8, 9* at 2:00 p.m.

*Ticketholders: Please join us for a

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Join us for the second 2020 lecture of the 2019–2020 UCI Musicology Guest Lectures series. Martha Sprigge from the University of California, Santa Barbara will speak on “Musical Widowhood and the Gendered Labour of Mourning in East Germany,” Thursday February 6, 4 PM, CAC first floor Colloquium room.

In the archives of the former East German Academy of the Arts, there is a folder labeled “widow correspondence.” The letters inside offer a glimpse at the women who served as private brokers of their nation’s cultural heritage. They protected their husbands’ gravestones, oversaw their archives, and sustained their ideological commitments. Several were renowned artists in their own right. Their primary designation as widows in this collection raises questions of the role of women in performing the work of mourning in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).

Though there are a wealth of studies that document the feminization of grief

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MFA 2nd Year Exhibition

Winter 2020


Feb. 8 - Mar. 14, 2020

University Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Free admission and open to the public.
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 |
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

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2019-20 Faculty Artist Series

Kei Akagi (piano) and Friends


February 14 - 15, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi will be joined by colleagues Darek Oles (bass) and Jason Harnell (drums) for an evening of modern jazz, with original compositions and standards. The trio has been performing together for nearly three decades and seamlessly incorporates the full spectrum of traditional and experimental jazz.

Evenings: Feb. 14, 15 at 8:00 p.m.

General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Subscribers: $14
UCI Students & Children under 17: $6

UCI Jazz Small Groups

Winter 2020 Concert


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI undergraduate jazz program will presents its quarterly concert to showcase the small group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the jazz faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation.

Free admission

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Dance Visions 2020

with the UCI Symphony Orchestra

Molly Lynch and Tong Wang, Artistic Directors
Dr. Stephen Tucker, conductor


February 20 - 22, 2020

Irvine Barclay Theatre

This annual premier dance concert of the season presents exhilarating choreography by the UCI Dance faculty, showcasing the talent of undergraduate and graduate performers. Works in a variety of genres will be staged and choreographed by Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, Chad Michael Hall, Loretta Livingston, and Tong Wang. The performance is accompanied by the UCI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Tucker.

Evenings: Feb. 20, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m.

General admission: $25
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $21
Arts Subscribers: $19

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A Gassmann Electronic Music Series


Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

8:00 pm

Music and Media Building, Room 218


Nicole Mitchell, flute and electronics

Christina Wheeler, vocals, mbira, and electronics

Iridescent is a new project by Nicole Mitchell and Christina Wheeler, combining flute, mbira, electronics, and processed vocals into a luminous, shifting, living soundscape. Seeking discovery, raw emotion, and cultural expression, Iridescent builds mosaics with harmonized African rhythms, ethereal atmospheres, and freewheeling moments, defying genre in a daring musical adventure.

Free admission, open to the public.








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UCI Jazz Orchestra

Winter 2020 Concert

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, conductor


Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

8:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

Please join the UCI Jazz Orchestra for an evening of the warm and exciting sounds of large-ensemble jazz music, including the classic repertoire of the big band era.

Free admission

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