Orchestra to Tour Northern California

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The Westmont College Orchestra performs at several Northern California cities Feb. 12-15 as part of its annual spring tour. The Orchestra Tour to Yosemite includes performances in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Nevada City and Oakhurst. Admission is free to all performances, although a goodwill offering will be taken. The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Talk to Examine Dido Stories

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John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, and the cast of “The Dido Project” offer a Gender Studies Lecture Demonstration on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The talk, “Laid in Earth/Consumed by Fire: Female and Male Bodies in Two Stories about Dido” takes its title from the final moments of the… [Continue Reading]

Art Talk to Reflect on Monet’s Influence

Maggie Moss-Tucker, Paul Tucker and Christine Emmons at the opening reception

Paul Tucker, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, addresses Claude Monet’s influence on French 19th century art in a lecture Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theater. The talk, “Art from Art, Art from Life: Reflections on Monet’s Modernism,” is free and open to the public. “Tucker’s… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Stages Rare Classic Opera Duet

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Westmont’s music and theater departments collaborate to stage two rarely seen classics in an ambitious, one-of-a-kind, dramatic operatic event Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Westmont will pair “Dido and Aeneas” (1688), composed by Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate, with Christopher Marlowe’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage” (published 1594). Audiences… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Wins Prestigious National Award

Joel Daniel Phillips displayed his work at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in 2012

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has recognized Westmont alumnus Joel Daniel Phillips ’11 for his submission to the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, the most prestigious portrait competition in the United States. Phillip’s portrait, “Eugene #4,” a 6-foot-tall charcoal and graphite on paper, is one of seven chosen to win a prize at the opening… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Celebrates 19th Century French Culture

Eugène Boudin's "The Port of Bordeaux"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art showcases work by some of the most recognized names in the annals of art history Jan. 14-March 19. “Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France” features more than two dozen works from the Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree collection. An opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m., is free and open… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Showcases ‘Humbug!’ at Westmont

Nina Sallinen (Scrooge) and Stanley Hoffman in 'Humbug!'

John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, uses six actors to portray 20 characters in Dickens’ Christmas classic, “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont College’s Porter Theatre. Blondell’s Lit Moon Theatre Company first produced the show in 2007. Tickets are $10 for adults, students and… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Tree Lighting, Santa  

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Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 14th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known for the past 10 years as the… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest ‘Gives Light to the Nations’

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The 11th annual Westmont Christmas Festival, a popular family tradition in Santa Barbara, features early and contemporary holiday music Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. The Saturday evening concert has already sold out. Purchase… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Festival Tickets Go on Sale

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Tickets to the 11th annual Westmont Christmas Festival go on sale Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. This year’s performance, “I Will Give you as a Light to the Nations,” will be Dec. 4-5 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church,… [Continue Reading]