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This season, Irvine Barclay Theatre is significantly expanding its ArtsReach programming with an especially eclectic menu of unique experiences for lucky participants. From reimagined Americana to traditional Hula, from classical opera to the world’s first and only International Touring Organ, these innovative educational programs connect featured main-stage artists with students of all ages in the most inspiring and transformative ways. Stressing hands-on interaction, the Barclay is creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences that foster greater appreciation and understanding of the arts.

This season’s ArtsReach programming includes:


Contemporary Dance

Members of UCI’s Contemporary Dance Immersion program, The Wooden Floor, and local high school and university students will enjoy ArtsReach activities with renowned dance companies–Dance Theatre of Harlem, Diavolo, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, and with flamenco great, Eva Yerbabuena.

American Jazz

More than 1,000 elementary students from Santa Ana and Irvine schools will participate in engaging, age-tailored workshops with the musicians and master teachers of Metta Quintet and their highly-acclaimed JazzReach program. They’ll also present an interactive, multi-media, family-oriented performance at the Barclay.

Classical Opera

Straight from Metropolitan Opera, Alyson Cambridge, will expose observing students to the real world of opera as she works on-stage, one-on-one, and coaching three singers selected from the group.

Music & Technology

Organ virtuoso, composer-performer, Cameron Carpenter, will reveal the art and science behind his International Touring Organ, a groundbreaking digital organ of his own design, in an on-site workshop.

Cultural Traditions

Authentic hula royalty, Halau O Kekuhi, will shares beliefs and practices transmitted through a matrilineal succession of eight generations of hula masters during public master classes.

Reimagined Americana

The Bumper Jacksons blend jazz, early blues, old-time music and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music and will delight students with an on-site workshop.

These ArtsReach events take place on-site, at local schools and community centers, and offer students unparalleled access to experience the arts with the Barclay’s acclaimed, main-stage artists. Activities like master classes, Q&A’s, in-school workshops, performance attendance, behind-the-scenes tours, artist interviews, one-on-one coaching, and family shows are fun and educational ways to pique interest and participation. Local schools and organizations clamor to participate as the arts programs enrich students’ lives in many profound ways.

Participation in ArtsReach activities inspires young people to explore the arts and helps them develop stronger minds, increased confidence and competence, and essential emotional intelligence. Generous Barclay ArtsReach supporters understand and appreciate the contributions such programs make to the community and support the initiative with their time, expertise and resources. To learn more about ArtsReach, please call the Barclay at (949) 854-4607. TheBarclay.org