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Humanities Commons

First-Year Arts Immersion

The First-Year Arts Immersion experience is designed to help first-year students connect their course material to an overarching annual theme that is selected to encourage integrated learning.

Fall 2019

Learn more about the 2019-2020 event in this video.

Fall 2019

Learn more about the 2019-2020 event in this video.

Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen

Oct. 17-19, 2019 Schuster Center

  • It is mandatory for ALL Humanities Commons students (in ASI 110, ENG 100, 114, 198, HST 103, PHL 103, REL 103) to attend the First-Year Arts Immersion since it is part of the course curriculum. This is true whether or not they have attended a first-year arts immersion performance in the past.
  • PATH points will be available for all students attending the event.
  • An introduction video to the First-Year Arts Immersion and the Turangalîla-Symphonie can be found here: The majority of UD students and faculty will be attending on Friday night, October 18, and Saturday night, October 19 at 8 pm. A limited number of tickets are available for the Thursday night, October 17, dress rehearsal for UD athletes and others with UD-event related conflicts.
    - Tickets will be distributed to students by their teachers.
    - Switches can be made between students at their option but in the meantime they should clear their calendars for both nights.
    - Bus transportation will be provided. Information on bus sign-up will be distributed with tickets.
  • There may be music listening labs and other events on campus connected to the First-Year Arts Immersion starting in the fall. Keep an eye out for these.
Additional event info:
  • Dress is business casual -- no sweat pants, pjs, or hats
  • No backpacks at event or check at coat check
  • No cell phone use during performance but DO use cell phone to take photo of your ticket when you first get it in case you lose yours
  • No talking or leaving during the performance – be respectful

Questions? Concerns? More info or handouts needed? Contact: Aili Bresnahan (

Download event information sheet (pdf) >

Past Immersions

Past FYI experiences have included Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Septime Webre's Romeo and Juliet, Michael Gandolfi's The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, the Dayton Opera's premiere presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Consul, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula: Bloodlines.


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