UC Merced Showcases Student Talent at ‘Debut’

MERCED - Arts UC Merced Presents "Debut," an evening of student performance art on April 23. Beginning at 7 p.m., "Debut" will feature students showcasing a variety of artistic talent.
Among the performers are Bhangra, an ethnic dance group; FLO, an a cappella group that was among the very first student organizations at UC Merced; and a Taiko drum troupe.

The evening will be peppered with a variety of vocal and instrumental performances, including one by Stella Yu, probably best known locally as the in-house pianist at the Piano Caffé on G Street in the El Portal business complex.

According to Gail Benedict, one of the driving forces behind the creation of Arts UC Merced Presents, prizes will also be awarded to the event for Best Visual Artist (chosen from submissions to the Bobcat Family Art Show), Best Solo Performance and Best Group Performance.

"This is a great opportunity to honor the talented men and women who are part of our campus community," Benedict said. "For a school with no formal performance arts academic program, we have a lot of talent in our student body. This is an event not to miss."

"Debut" is free to UC Merced students with valid ID; general admission is $8. For information: arts.ucmerced.eduor call 209-228-4566.

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