In Aboriginal tradition, it is believed that uttering the name or viewing an image of a person no longer living will recall and disturb the spirit. Yet it is the spirit—of the people, the land, the history and the traditions—that infuses dirtsong, an unforgettable and powerful multimedia journey through Australia’s cultural heartland.
Pre-Performance Talks are free to all ticket holders. These half-hour talks and conversations with UC Davis faculty, local experts and visiting artists provide context for our audience. One of the most popular programs we offer, most talks are recorded for podcast following the performance.
Developing deeper relationships with artists, arts organizations and our campus community enriches our programming and enhances the experiences of our audience. These free presentations by UC Davis faculty and local arts experts, and occasionally the artist themselves provide aesthetic, historical and social context on selected artists. You can anticipate important information about all performance enhancements in your EventMail email that you receive before any event for which you have purchased tickets.
The 2016-17 Performances with Pre-Performance Talks are:
For this Add-On performance, the Bruckner Orchester Linz dives into a fascinating mix of modern repertoire. The program begins with a suite of music from Duke Ellington’s landmark jazz symphony, and closes with a pair of Philip Glass works in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday.
Jelly Roll Morton was a ragtime and stride legend, while George Gershwin worked on the borders of jazz, classical and popular song. Now a new generation of musicians, led by pianist Aaron Diehl and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, turns the spotlight on timeless classics and little-known gems by these jazz masters.
One of the great courtroom dramas of the last century, Judgment at Nuremberg became an Academy Award-winning film and a stage play that is both surprising and unsettling. This cast of unforgettable characters play out their high-stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances and the shocking and vivid memories of the Holocaust and World War II.