By Veronica Morley
“At Northridge, the campus is like the epicenter where people in town go to enjoy art and culture, and I think that’s what CSUB is trying to do here,” said Dr. Bill Kelley Jr., Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Art. The Arts, Music, and Theatre departments gathered on Oct. 15 to showcase a variety of the projects they have been working on this semester. The evening kicked-off with the ribbon cutting of the new humanities complex and moved into a two hour walk about throughout the different showcases.
The art department opened their studios in the Visual Arts Building to browse the student organized art exhibit in the Albertson room. The artwork on the wall depicted a number of different styles and ideas. One particularly memorable piece was an abstract oil drawing of the Route 91 concert. It was hauntingly powerful. “It’s been a fantastic array of talent. There’s just so much talent here,” said senior art major Will Fredo.
The music department had different performances playing during the evening. The concert band played while guests waited in line for wine and horderves. Music room 127 was taken back to Ancient Greece as the “Witches Scene” from “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell was performed. There was also a jazz collective playing for audiences in Music room 128.
The theatre department previewed multiple upcoming plays. A scene from “The Profane,” a modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” set between two Muslim families, was performed. The full production will premiere Oct. 26 to Oct. 29. The Theatre for Young Audiences performed a scene from their upcoming production “Unsorted.” This production will run on Nov. 4 and 5 in the Arena Theatre. Children are more than welcome to attend and will enjoy the colorful characters that are presented as clothing such as Skirt or Jacket.
The Chamber Choir also performed within the new Geodesic Dome next to the Visual Arts Building. The Dome was invented by architect R. Buckminster Fuller and art history students Nick Reyes and Claudia Ramirez. It was a center for conversation for the evening.
Taste of the Arts was made possible by the donations of the Zaninovich family. The family has been funding Taste of the Arts for the past three years in honor of Dorothy Florence Zaninovich. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dorothy was very active in the Delano community and very fond of dancing, opera, painting, and all other arts.