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Seussical The Musical


The CSUSM Theatre Program presents Seussical The Musical.

The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of beloved Dr. Seuss characters as they bring more than 20 of the author's classic tales to life in this hit Broadway musical. As each story unfolds, backed by a myriad of musical styles, it becomes clear how relevant and profound Seuss's subtle themes are, making this a musical that appeals to all ages.

Show running time is one hour and 45 minutes plus intermission. *Warning: A strobe light is used during the show.
Ages 4 and up. No babies or small toddlers, please. 

Performance Dates:

Friday, April 11th 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 12th 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 12th 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 13th 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 17th 7:00 pm

Friday, April 18th 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 19th 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 19th 7:00 pm Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance from Eventbrite:

Piano Recital with Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng
Cheng Poster

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, music professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, will present a solo piano recital on campus on March 27th, Thursday at 7pm in Arts 111. Featuring pieces inspired by paintings, Dr. Cheng's concert will be a musical and visual delight. The program will feature works by 20th century composers including Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, and Debussy.

Tickets are $5 for CSUSM affiliates and all students, seniors, active duty military and veterans, $10 for the general public.  Visit Eventbrite for tickets.

CSUSM Art Gallery: Opening Reception for Redefine II

 RedefineII poster

Visit the CSUSM Art Gallery at San Marcos' Restaurant Row on Friday, March 14th from 5-7pm for the opening reception for "Redefine II."  The CSUSM Jazz Ensemble will perform and light refreshments will be served.
The CSUSM Art Gallery is located in Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd, STE 185, San Marcos CA 92078. For more information, contact


Evening of Celtic Music

  Jamie and Dan

Evening of Celtic Music 

Join us for a wonderful performance of Celtic Music with
Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
and Irish-style guitarist Dan Compton

  • Friday, June 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
  • Cal State San Marcos Arts 111 Performance Hall
  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
  • $20 general/$10 ALL students, CSUSM Faculty and Staff.
  • Purchase tickets in advance at:

(Website also has more information and directions Tickets also available at the door.)

Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. Hailed as “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post) and “One of the hottest fiddlers out there” (Asheville Citizen-Times), Laval appeared on the NBC Today Show, collaborated on Dave Mathews’ album “Some Devil,” and performed for Her Majesty the Queen. The most recent of his three solo albums won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music


Hey everybody. So, uh...we're the CSUSM Improv group and stuff. And we do shows that I think are kind of funny. No, I'm kidding. They're pretty funny. So, if you want to come have fun and laugh or whatever, you should come to the shows.

February 24th,  March 9th, March 16th, March 31st, April 3rd, April 20th, April 27th, May 11th

Shows @ 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm

Arts 101

Spring Awakening
First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's play closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The play's content was radical indeed: teenage sex, suicide, abortion, masturbation, sadomasochism. But even more radical was the unsentimental and brutally authentic comedy with which Wedekind treated it. The story traces the dawning sexual awareness of four teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, Wendla, and Hansy, who, in their painfully funny contradictions-they are at once too innocent and not remotely innocent at all-remain fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.

April 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th

7:00 pm
Arts 111

A night of singing and piano, performed byVeronica Rotta, and Visual & Performing Arts senior.

April 18th

Arts 111

7:30 pm

Off-Centre is the CSUSM annual Spring Dance Concert presented by theVisual & Performing Arts Dance Program.

May 3rd & 4th

7:00 pm 

Arts 111

CSUSM students perform jazz music.

May 9th

7:00 pm

Arts 111

A Multidisciplinary Art event by Visual & Performing Art majors.

May 11th

Arts 111 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Visual Arts Displays in the Arts Gallery & Arts 342

Reception in Arts Patio 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A juried student media festival showcasing the video and film work of CSUSM students.

May 11th

7:00 pm

7th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

A juried student media festival showcasing the video and film work of CSUSM students.

Love Is Never Simple

Join us for a night of comedy, love, drama and tears. Relive a story as old as time itself, repeating in the lives of two young people, Amie Peters and James McCoy. Join them as they fight everyone's expectations to believe and uphold a love so true, it transcends death itself.

March 2nd & 3rd

7:00 pm

Arts 111

Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan (Tchaikovsky International Competition First Place Winner)
Narek Hakhnazaryan
In this Performance Demo, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will perform some of the repertoire from his upcoming concert with the La Jolla Music Society and will speak about his recent first place win at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He will be joined by pianist Noreen Polera. Don‘t miss the opportunity to hear this celebrated young musician!

Thursday, March 15, Noon, ARTS 111, Free and open to the public

For more information:

Ade Superman
Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman presents a performance on the kacapi, an Indonesian string instrument similar to the zither, and on the suling, an Indonesian flute. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this beautiful, ethereal music in concert. This performance is sponsored by the Funes Fund at Cal State San Marcos. 

Tuesday, March 6, Noon, ARTS 111, FREE

Student Piano Recital

This recital is a final presentation of Beginning Piano Class. The program ranges from easy melodies like Ode to Joy to virtuosic repertoire like Rachmaninov Prelude. Come support and cheer our piano students at the very first student piano recital on campus!!!!

Wednesday, December 14th
1:30pm, Arts 111 

CSUSM Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Tuesday, November 29th @ 7:00 pm Arts 111

CSUSM Process of Art Class Show
Friday, December 9th @ 5:00 pm Arts Building
Process of Art Show

CSUSM Vocal Ensemble Concert
Monday, December 12th @ 7:00 pm Arts 111

CSUSM New Play Festival presents
New Play Festival
Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth
CSUSM Theatre, ACE Scholars and Playwrights Project of San Diego join together to bring you an evening of short plays based on the lives of CSUSM students who grew up in the San Diego foster care system. Join us as we share the powerful stories of four of the university’s most courageous and resilient students.
December 1st-7th 2011 Arts 101

Sublime Journey Concert Friday September 16th!
Sublime Journey

After extremely successful concerts in India, two very well-known musicians of the current generation of Indian musicians, Gaurav Majumdar (hindustani sitar) and Nirmala Rajasekar (carnatic veena) are touring the US during Fall 2011 on a jugalbandhi concert tour, "Sublime Journey". They are being accompanied by one of the top Mridangam players of South India Thanjavur K.Murugaboopathi and the young master on the tabla from New Delhi, Vishal Nagar. The four artists, virtuosi in carnatic and hindustani classical music (the two great strands of north and south Indian classical music), will play music in the hindustani tradition followed by carnatic music, then they will play what is called a jugalbandhi, with both styles together. Don’t miss this wonderful event! 

This concert is co-sponsored by the Indian Fine Arts Academy San Diego and the Funes Fund in the Music Program at California State University, San Marcos and is their first collaboration. The two organizations are planning more events in the future, including concerts and workshops.   

Friday, September 16, 2011, 7pm, Arts Building Performance Hall (ARTS 111) on the Cal State San Marcos campus. Admission is free for members of the Indian Fine Arts Academy and for students, faculty and staff of Cal State, San Marcos. General admission is $25. 

For more details regarding the lead artists, please visit :

Jazz Ensemble Concert

CSUSM students perform jazz music.

April 6
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

TA Production: The Misanthrope


Perhaps discouraged by the 1666 banning of Tartuffe, a play many found offensive because of its assault on church hypocrisy, Molière embarked on a more serious study of human relationships with The Misanthrope. He does poke fun at French aristocracy, but this satire is overshadowed by Molière's attention to those human flaws to which all are subject. Although Molière typically worked within certain stylistic and traditional constraints, he was unique in his quest to experiment and to create new types of theater. The Misanthrope demonstrates Molière's twisting of the traditional farce or satire, which typically used flat stereotypes to make a broad comment on social or political issues. 

Alceste denounces humanity, declaring that "all are corrupt" and scorning even Philinte, his friend, for his studied duplicity. He offends Oronte, a highly placed courtier, because he refuses to praise his sonnet, but he cannot resist the lovely and witty Célimène, who embodies everything he claims to detest. 

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, baptised January 15, 1622  February 17, 1673, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.

April 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22
7:00 PM
Arts 111 



Spring 2011 marks the inauguration of the Great Thinkers Series; events that will focus on individuals whose work and thought have transcended borders between countries, cultures, and academic disciplines.  The goal of the series is to encourage learning and discussion about ideas that promote cooperation based on mutual respect and understanding between communities/ nations. The works of the person chosen for a given semester will be woven into relevant courses across disciplines so that students can see the wide-ranging nature of these ideas in varied contexts.

This spring we will celebrate the life and work of one of India’s - and the worlds - most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore.  In addition to acknowledging the 150th anniversary of his birth, it is particularly timely to consider his messages of tolerance. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature for the exquisite collection of poems – Gitanjali. A poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of over 2000 songs; Tagore played a key role in shaping modern Indian literature and in shaping the modern Indian mind.  Gandhi called him the "Great Sentinel".  He is acclaimed worldwide as a social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, an innovator in education, and a champion of the 'One World' idea.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 

WHEN: 7pm – 9 pm

WHERE: Arts 111

WHAT: Students and faculty from courses in the arts, dance, theater and music will perform interpretations of selected works by Tagore.  There will be a reception and Q &A immediately following the performance.  Faculty, students, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice and Equity Project, Office of Planning and Accreditation and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dance Concert: OFFCentre

Dance Show

This year marks the 10th Annual Spring Dance Concert. Come witness fresh and new works by CSUSM students and faculty.

May 5 and 6
7:00 PM
Arts 111

Vocal Ensemble Concert

Vocal Ensemble

CSUSM students perform music from different genres.

May 9
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

Capstone Show


CSUSM students present their artwork ranging from photography and paintings to video and theater productions.

May 10
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

6th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Friday, May 13, 7pm, Arts 111
If you would like to submit your work, please click the link below: 
Student Media Festival Official Entry Form




Playing traditional music with a modern attitude, Väsen is an acoustic band that features the uniquely Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) along with viola, and guitar.  Traditional Swedish Music with a Twist! This amazing trio is on a two week West coast tour (12 concerts in 14 days!); join us for this very special concert!

See Väsen on YouTube!     

"These musicians play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires." 
 - National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

"Stringed instruments making original music that is delicate, haunting, heroic, brilliant and magical."  
- Rob Gibson, Artistic Director, Savannah Music Festival

"The sound may be traditional, but the attitude is completely modern...a cuisinart of acoustic bliss. Visualize whirled music."  
- Wired

Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
ARTS 111 Recital Hall
California State University, San Marcos

Sponsored by the Funes Fund

$5 students, $15 General, Pay at door 


 Vocal Ensembles Solo Performances


CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and traditional repertoire.

Monday, May 10th, 7pm

Arts 111

Free and open to the public

Vocal and Jazz Ensembles Joint Concert


CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and traditional repertoire.

Monday, May 3rd, 7pm

Arts 111

Free and open to the public

5th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Friday, May 7, 7:30pm, Arts 240

Deadline: Thursday, April 29, 6pm

Official Entry Form

3rd Annual Funes Digital Art Competition

2010 Funes Poster


We are currently accepting entries from Visual and Performing Arts students for the Third Annual Funes Digital Art Competition.  You are encouraged to submit your digital artworks for an opportunity to be awarded one of three $100.00 prizes and have your artwork framed and exhibited as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Department's Permanent Student Art Collection. The Third Annual Funes Digital Art Competition is sponsored by Carolyn Funes in honor of her late husband, Dr. Donald Funes, the founder of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at CSUSM. 

2010 Funes Competition Submission Form

Student Dance Performance
Off Centre Dance 

So Away They Went
So Away They Went 

So Away They Went

By Ryan Pavelchik

Directed by Josh Chambers

What do you do when the cost of college tuition goes through the roof, the girl you love hates the world, the guy you love is losing his mind, and an evil troll is trying to take over the universe? On a college campus where all hell is breaking loose, a group of students fight to survive the madness. An agitprop musical featuring french fries, pop songs, loaded guns, lost faculty and lots of dirty dancing, SO AWAY THEY WENT is a provocative and irreverent snapshot of life as a college student in 2010. Written by Ryan Pavelchik, directed by Josh Chambers, starring CSUSM students, SO AWAY THEY WENT opens April 9th at 7 PM at Cal State Marcos.

Showtimes are: 

Thursday April 8, PREVIEW, invited audience, 7pm ARTS 111

Friday April 9th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111

Saturday April 10th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111

Sunday April 11th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111

Tuesday April 13th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111

Wednesday April 14th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111 Canceled

Thursday April 15th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111 Canceled


CSUSM Students, Faculty and Staff with ID: Free

All others: $10 suggested donation


Caitlin Allen

Jessica Ruiz-Bustos

Eric Ha

Chris James

Chase Molina-Milbourne

Jesus Moreno

Abigail Padilla

Antonina Pitruzzello

Maria Rocha

Mary Tarantino-Relator

Cole Tran

This event is made possible in part by the CSUSM IRA grant.

CSUSM Vocal and Jazz Ensembles Joint Concert

Description:  CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and
traditional repertoire.

Location:  Arts 111

Date/Time:  Monday, December 7th, 7PM

Free and open to the public

VSAR 130 Exhibition


Description:  Visual art displays by VSAR 130 students.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Date:  December 1 - 8

New Play Festival

New Play Festival Poster

Description: A festival of compelling, riotous, and side-splitting works written and performed by students, including:
· A bill of One-Acts featuring book fueled bonfires, a hand embroidered cobija with traditional indigenous patterns that becomes the cover of a heinous act, and a man who refuses to sell his car even though it only drives one direction.
· Provocative Monologues like "The Times You Can't See" and "Follow Me to Know Where."
· A medley of hilarious 10-Minute plays!

Dates: December 4th-6th and 10th-12th


 Arts 101

Women in Performance
Choreographies of Resistance

CSUSM/WMST 323-DNCE-323323-DNCE-323 

Dance Show

Date: December 8th

Time: 7pm

Location: Arts 101

Gamelan Ensemble Performance


Description:  Gamelan music performance by CSUSM students.

Location:  Arts 111

Time:  December 9th, 7pm

Dance 324 Show

DNCE 324

Process of Art Class Exhibition


Description:  Visual art displays by VPA students.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Date:  December 11 - January 1

VSAR 180 Group Show


Description:  Dia De Los Muertos inspired visual art displays.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Dates:  October 29 thru November 5

Peter Sprague Concert ("Blurring the Edges")


Description: Performance by "Blurring the Edges" with Peter Sprague, Fred Benedetti (guitars) and Tripp Sprague (winds). Students FREE, $10 general public.  Event is sponsored by the Funes Fund Concert Series.

Location: Arts 111

Date & Time: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7 pm

Intellectual Property Lecture

Tom Flores

Description: Presentation on intellectual property by local attorney Tom Flores who has handled some big cases dealing with copyright infringement. Will provide useful information for creative artists whose work will exist in the public eye. Especially, for anyone expecting a measure of success through their creative work.

Location: Arts 111

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm