Music, theatre, art fill Fresno State’s fall campus cultural calendar

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Music, theatre, art fill Fresno State’s fall campus cultural calendar

New on the California State University, Fresno campus cultural arts calendar during 2010-11 is the Henry Madden Library Friday Concert Series, which joins University Theatre, exhibits at the library and Conley Gallery and the Phillip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts.

Half-hour library concerts are scheduled at 12:15 p.m. featuring performances by students and faculty of the Department of Music in the university’s College of Arts and Humanities.

The series begins Oct. 8 with a solo Flamenco guitar performance by Dr. Corey Whitehead, an assistant professor of music who has concertized in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and throughout North America.

The concerts at the Leon S. Peters Ellipse on the second floor of the library’s Table Mountain Rancheria Tower are free.

University Theatre kicks-off its season Oct. 1 with “A Soldier’s Play,” performed in the John Wright Theatre. The production, directed by theater arts professor Thomas-Whit Ellis, depicts the African American military experience during World War II. It runs through Oct. 9.

The Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts’ 38th season begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 with pianist Elena Kuschnerova playing at the Concert Hall in the Fresno State Music Building. The series is hosted at Fresno State and coordinated by piano professor Andreas Werz, brings internationally acclaimed keyboard artists to Fresno.

Ticket information and program information is available at

The College of Arts and Humanities plans numerous concerts, exhibits, discussions lectures and other events every year, but there is a heavier cultural arts schedule due to the Centennial.

First up will be a concert by Whitehead, “A Double Shot of Flamenco – Pa Sevilla,” at 8 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Concert Hall.

A highlight of the year will be the Department of Music’s Gala Centennial Concert on Oct. 8 at the Concert Hall, celebrating 100 years of musical achievement with performances by outstanding alumni, emeriti faculty and current students and faculty.

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The Phebe Conley Art Gallery in the Conley Art building opens the 2010-11 year with “The Window Project,” where work by eight Central California artists will be on display Tuesday, Aug. 24-Sept. 24. The exhibit highlights pieces 9 feet tall and designed to completely fill the gallery, said gallery technician Edward Lund.

The Conley Gallery annually hosts exhibitions of student and faculty art. For more information, visit

Artistic, archival and other exhibits and events are scheduled in the Madden Library. From Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Sept. 17, the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony (third floor) hosts a “Legacy of Leadership,” exhibiting artifacts, memorabilia, photos and more celebrating student leaders during Fresno State’s first 100 years. The exhibit culminates in a reception honoring student leaders past and present.

The University Archives Centennial Exhibition from Aug. 30 to Sept. 27 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse will chronicle Fresno State in photographs and artifacts.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public during the library’s regular hours.

Additional information about Centennial events, cultural and otherwise, can be found at

Cineculture begins its annual film series by showing “House of Flying Daggers” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at McLane Fall, Room 121. Dr. Ed EmanuEl, a professor of theatre arts, will lead the post-screening discussion. All campus screenings are free and open to the public. More information about CineCulture is at