Great news for fans of world-class arts performances: CSU Summer Arts returns to Fresno this Sunday.
This is a big deal for us. The month-long event has been hosted at CSU Monterey Bay for the last five years.
We all know how important the arts are to a thriving community. Having this program back at Fresno State is both an artistic and economic boost for our city.
Here’s everything you need to know in advance about CSU Summer Arts.
What: Hosted by the Fresno State College of Arts & Humanities, this year’s performance season will include 30 performances ranging from lectures to dance performances to musical presentations and more.
Who: Performers and lecturers include a Grammy-Award-winning musician, authors, a television actor, dance troupes, a Guggenheim fellow, a video game developer, a documentary film maker, and more. The last two days of the program, July 21-22, will feature student showcases. You can find a complete listing of program events here.
When: June 25-July 22.
Where: Performances will take place mainly at locations around the Fresno State campus, except the opening night FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy, which will be at Roosevelt High School. See individual event information for times and locations.
How: Tickets are on sale now; they can be bought online or at the box office. Details here.
Performances of note
You might want to get your tickets now for these performances.
• Bruce Logan, A.S.C. Bruce Logan, A.S.C., has more than thirty years of experience as a Director of Photography, and has worked on countless films, television programs, commercials, and music videos, including Tron, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. June 28. [Details]
• Urban Bush Women. This performance ensemble is dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. UBW weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora, exploring the transformation of struggle and suffering into the bittersweet joy of survival. July 10. [Details]
• David Sánchez and Friends. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sánchez is recognized as one of the finest of his generation. He will be joined on stage by Miguel de Armas (piano), Carlitos Medrano (congas and percussion), Ernesto Mazar-Kindelán (bass), Colin Douglas (drums), and Kendrick Freeman (percussion). July 5. [Details]
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