Performing Arts Calendar

Fall 2020

Join the FCC Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Division as we perform for you in our new online format! All of our performances will be shared on our FPCA YouTube Channel. Our schedule for release of new content can be found below. Please consider supporting the arts by making a donation so that we can continue to create high quality entertainment.

Friends of the Arts (F.O.T.A.)

Toasting the Arts

Reimagined

We are going virtual this year! Please join us Thursday, December 3 at 7:30pm for a virtual event featuring a variety of entertainment from FCC students and faculty. Grab your tickets now! Donations are greatly appreciated, as we continue to support our students during this unpredictable time.

Theatre and Dance

19

19: An Episodic Documentary

“19” is a time capsule documentary of Fall 2020, exposing all aspects of living in this moment of the pandemic as artists and students. These stories fully embrace the life of college students, which impacts their ability to be in school and infuses life and art as they blend to become a story of self-discovery.

Episodes will be filmed August-November 2020, with a first episode premiere on November 13th.

Episode 1, Nov. 13, 7:00pm
Episode 2, Nov. 14, 7:00pm 
Episode 3, Nov. 20, 7:00pm
Episode 4, Nov. 27, 7:00pm
Episode 5, Dec. 4, 7:00pm

Tickets: Eventbrite

Find us on Facebook: 19@wehavevoices

City Dance

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City Dance: Fall 2020 Concert

The FCC Dance Department's Fall Dance Concert will spotlight our talented dancers and student choreographers in an online format.  This visual treat will include work developed and performed by FCC dance students. The concert will spotlight various forms of dance included Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Post Modern and Hip Hop.  

Premiering November 20, 2020

Tickets: Eventbrite

Plague Diaries

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Plague Diaries

Plague Diaries, Short Films of Life in the Pandemic. Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s, A Journal of the Plague Year, a vivid, first-person account of the last plague to hit London, Plague Diaries, tell stories of Fresno during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing, essential workers, economic ruin, but also kindness and generosity, are as relevant today as the day Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) set down his account in 1722. Plague Diaries is presented by the FCC Theatre and Film Departments.

Plague Diaries will premiere on-line on December 11, 2020.

Tickets: Eventbrite

Music

Online Music Faculty Recital

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Online Music Faculty Recital

September 19, 2020 at 3pm

Your favorite FCC music teachers in concert! Facebook Watch Party: Music at City

Donations accepted for student scholarships.

For more info contact department chair: Kevin Cooper

FCC Fall Festival

FCC Fall Festival

October 27-29, 2020

We will host singers in a vocal workshop and clinic with our faculty and guests. A Department wide festival via Zoom. 

ROAR!

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ROAR! (Rams Online Artist Recitals)

Debuting the week of November 1.

A series of weekly videos displaying the hard work of FCC Music students. Look for new releases at Music at City. Enjoy solos and ensembles by students from our many programs including piano, voice, winds, strings, and more.

Intermediate Advanced Voice Recital

Intermediate Advanced Voice Recital

Mid-late November

Unless we get the opportunity to live stream / record from the OAB auditorium, we will be creating (fingers crossed) a virtual recital. 

Rams Jams 2020 Online

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Rams Jams 2020 Online

Premieres Thursday, November 19, 7:30PM

FCC students join Mexican virtuoso Pablo Garibay in a virtual concert of solo and ensemble guitar music! 

To watch: Music at City

For more information: Kevin Cooper

Singing at City

A Performance Teaser

November 25, 2020 at 7:30pm

Featuring performances from the FCC Opera Production of "The Magic Flute," the Intermediate/Advanced Voice Class, and the City Singers & Symphonic Choir.

An evening of "teasers" from their upcoming performances.

Directed by Julie Dana, Hanna York and Melissa Wolfmann

FCC Choirs and Friends

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Songs of Hope and Love

December 4, 2020 at 7:30pm

Featuring the FCC Choral Ensembles with special guests: Benton Middle School Intermediate Choir from La Mirada, CA directed by Naomi Gamez, FCC alumni and others.

Join us in a virtual concert of hope and encouragement! The Fresno City Singers and Symphonic Choir will present a culminating virtual concert celebrating music in this time of uncertainty.  The ensembles will prepare their repertoire in a variety of mediums and collaborate with choral ensembles from out of the area for a wonderful evening of music! 

Jazz Event

Jazz Event

December 2020

Opera Workshop

Magic Flute Highlights (Mozart)

December 8th, 2020  7pm debut 

Visual Arts

Caleb Duarte

Caleb Duarte: ChuChería

Caleb Duarte: Chuchería
Exhibition dates: March 9 - 15 2020 (early closure due to COVID-19)
To watch: Chucheria 

A series of 4 short videos about Chuchería, a solo installation by FCC Sculpture professor Caleb Duarte. Including discussion of the artist’s use of materials to create meaning, questioning the gallery space, and the artist’s background and practice. 

Caleb Duarte’s work encompasses public sculpture, community performance, and painting. He uses ordinary construction materials to create structures that suggest vernacular architecture and temporary shelter; these objects and structures often serve as sites for public performances. His practice often includes direct political action and working with communities in movement, most recently working with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.

For more information about the artist: Caleb Duarte

if the kit fox had hands

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if the kit fox had hands

Art Space Gallery at Fresno City College presents if the kit fox had hands, a series of interviews, recordings, and studio visits featuring artists and cultural producers connected to Fresno and the Central Valley. Recorded starting August 2020 and continuing over the semester, episodes will be released via the FPCA YouTube channel, with simultaneous releases on CMAC 

Participants include: Bruise Violet Collective, Stan Bitters, Teresa FloresKezia Harrell, Janaki Jagannath, Shana Moulton, Dr. Leece Lee-Oliver (Wyandot/ Blackfeet/ Cherokee/ Choctaw), Adrianna Alejo Sorondo, Carly Tex (Western Mono), Christian Vargas, Marla Sweitzer, Kathy Wosika, with additional participants announced as the season progresses. 

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 1

Shana Moulton

Episode 1 looks back on a performance and poetry reading at Art Space Gallery from February 2020 by Fresno-born artist Shana Moulton -- what would be the last gathering of its kind for the foreseeable future. Moulton (in the role of Cynthia, her filmic alter-ego), performs a poem written by her uncle. Other readers that night were Mike Cole, Ronald Dzerigian, Chuck Hanzlicek, Le Matthews, and Dixie Salazar.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 1

Learn more about the artist and view her long running project Whispering Pines

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 2

Stan Bitters: Attitude

In this episode, Art Space Gallery curator Elena Harvey Collins discusses the importance of Stan Bitters' ceramic sculptures, murals, and installations to the landscape and public spaces of Fresno. Then, we visit the studio and workshop of the artist for a brief interview.

Stan Bitters' career in ceramics has spanned six decades. His large scale works include ceramic wall murals, sculptures, fountains, and garden pathways. These installations have been featured, and can still be experienced in public spaces, banks, hotels, schools, churches, industrial complexes, and private residences. His influence has been present in the language of California architecture since the 1960's.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 2

For more information about the artist: Stan Bitters

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 3

Teresa Flores: Our Bodies are Tied to the Land 

In this episode, Elena Harvey Collins interviews interdisciplinary artist and FCC alumna Teresa Flores. Teresa’s work includes public performance, food, video, sculpture, and critical landscape practices. In this episode, we discuss how growing up in Fresno informs her work; carving out a space for herself in the wellness world as someone diagnosed with endometriosis; and how the pandemic has shifted her recent projects.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 3

This episode also features student work by FCC Printmaking instructor Nicholas Spohrer’s class.

You can see some of Teresa’s latest work in the online exhibition Home, organized by Acogedor Gallery.

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 4

Marla Sweitzer and Christian Vargas: Elements of a Vessel

A visit to the shared home and studio of artists Marla Sweitzer and Christian Vargas, who also run a gallery space, Invernadero, out of their spare room. In this episode, the artists discuss their different approaches to working in clay, and the ways in which they influence each other.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 4

You can arrange to visit Invernadero’s current exhibition, Ziba Rajabi: thing with feathers, until November 6. More info here: Invernadero Gallery

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 5

Janaki Jagannath: Doing the Flowers Bidding

A visit to the marigold/cempoalxochitl/ghenda phul field with Janaki Jagannath as she harvested flowers for garlands and dye on a recent hot and windy Friday afternoon. In this episode, Janaki discusses how she was drawn to her work at the intersection of food, farm worker, and environmental justice; and how, through her work with the Marigold Society, the plant offers such a rich opportunity for subverting legacies of colonialism within botany.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 5

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 6

Kathy Wosika: Plants are Portals

A visit to the studio of Kathy Wosika, artist and former FCC Crafts instructor. Kathy is an expert paper maker, constantly experimenting and making new fibers and pulps from plants she finds in the environment around her. Her love for learning and continued exploration is inspiring. In this episode, Kathy talks about some of her recent paper and photography projects, and talks about the effect of the pandemic on her work.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 6

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 7

Bruise Violet Collective: Beautiful Motion

Interviews with 5 members of Bruise Violet Collective about their individual and collective endeavors; how growing up in Fresno has shaped how they think about and make art; and the sound of the city. 

Bruise Violet Collective is composed of artists, activists, musicians, photographers and filmmakers from the San Joaquin Valley in California. BVC came together in 2019 and have been collaborating with various artists to uplift their communities.

Participating members are: Amber Williams, Amber Fargano, Vishinna Turner, Abigail Janzen, and Audrey Johnson.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 7

if the kit fox had hands: Episode 8

Bruce Violet Collective

This new short video, made for this series by Bruise Violet Collective, features new music, stop motion animation, and a redux of some of their projects and events since their founding in 2019.

Watch if the kit fox had hands: Episode 8

New Wrinkles

New Wrinkles Presents

A Little Night Music

Three evenings of music featuring the cast of New Wrinkles.

New Wrinkles will share the gift of music one song at a time. They hope to bring some joy to everyone’s home the week of Thanksgiving.

Performance Dates: 
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Monday, November 23

Tuesday, November 24

Wednesday, November 25

 

New Wrinkles Presents

Home for the Holidays

A beautiful presentation of holiday music from the cast of New Wrinkles.

Set to premiere the week before Christmas. More details to follow.

Event Date/Time
Plague Diaries 12/11/2020 7:00 PM