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April 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Vision and Voices – The Arts and Humanities Initiative at USC!

visions-and-voices-2011_scroll     This past week, I have been religiously calling 102.7 KISS FM to win tickets to the upcoming Dodgers game with a chance to meet-and-greet with Robin Thicke! I know this sounds really desperate, but the thing is, I have never won anything from a radio contest! I really thought that I would have a good chance, but some other dedicated radio listener won the tickets…

     Anyway, after missing my chance to win my desired tickets, I realized two things: a) I go to USC and b) as a USC student, I have access to a wide variety of free performances, thanks to Visions and Voices!

Emphasizing the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. With presentations by critically acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers, the series features theatrical productions, music and dance performances, film screenings, lectures and workshops.(https://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/about.php).

     Visions and Voices gives students the opportunity to attend some amazing events, most of the time, for free.  Be sure to check out their website to look up some of the events from last year and events to look forward to in the future.


Two events that I heard a lot of buzz about were:

  • The Book of Mormon

     Not only did V&V offer tickets to all students, but they also arranged transportation to get students to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood!

  • The Royal New Zealand Ballet: Giselle

     The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s critically acclaimed staging of Giselle is the production of the moment. The company’s dynamic dancers imaginatively revisit the ballet first performed in Paris in 1841, harnessing the power of forgiveness and redemption to vanquish the anguish of love and betrayal.

Two events that I am excited about for this year:

  • Arts Leadership: A Contemporary Vision Featuring the Kronos Quartet

     San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles. The quartet exemplifies arts leadership at its most transformative. An interactive discussion/performance with these remarkable musicians will explore their history, inspirations and sustainability in the arts.

  • Single Wing Turquoise Bird

     Single Wing Turquoise Bird was among the most sophisticated of the 1960s and ’70s psychedelic light shows. They used overhead projectors, slide projectors and film projectors to create swirling visual compositions.
     Although USC students love to cheer on their sports teams, keep in mind that we have a passion for the arts as well! If you end up at USC, I hope you  get the chance to attend one of their amazing events. Let me be the one to tell you that RSVPing for one of these events is a lot easier than dedicating an entire week to win tickets from a radio station!

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