Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

Mitchell Thomas, Casey Caldwell, Marie Ponce, John Blondell and Miller James

The Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to Westmont’s production of “Pirates of Penzance,” which has won three national… [Continue Reading]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson's "Sea Billows Roll"

Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. The winner of the James A. McIntyre… [Continue Reading]

Choir, Chamber Singers to Tour SoCal, Russia

ChamberSingers2014

The Westmont College Choir and Chamber Singers will tour Southern California May 4-6, singing a diverse repertoire of classic and contemporary sacred and secular music, folk songs, spirituals and vocal jazz before traveling to Russia and Lithuania.The musicians had originally planned on touring Ukraine, but changed plans in March following Russia’s military intervention there. “At… [Continue Reading]

Sonos Montecito to Perform April Concerts

Sonos Montecito: Paul Mori, Joanne Kim, Trey Farrell, Andrea DiMaggio and Steve Gross

Sonos Montecito, a new wind quintet in residence at Westmont, performs a free, public concert Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The quintet, comprised of Westmont’s applied music faculty, will play works by Carl Nielsen, Jacques Ibert and Eric Ewazen. Sonos Montecito features Andrea DiMaggio, flute, Trey Farrell, oboe, Joanne Kim,… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Finale Includes ‘Lord of the Rings’

The 2014 Westmont College Orchestra

Michael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, conducts the Westmont Orchestra during the Concerto Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is $10… [Continue Reading]

Senior Art Show Offers a Sense of Location

Westmont Senior Show 2014 revision

Sixteen graduating art majors present their capstone projects while paying homage to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art on April 3-May 3. The public is invited to a free, opening reception Thursday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The senior exhibition, “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W,” reflects the longitude and latitude coordinates of the museum that… [Continue Reading]

April Comes Alive with the Sound of Music

Trombonist Daniel Fraats

The Westmont Music Department comes alive this spring with several concerts during the first few weeks of April, beginning with the Men’s and Women’s Chorale and New Sounds on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street. All performances are free unless otherwise listed. For more information, please call (805)… [Continue Reading]

Fringe to Feature Record 24 Performances

Chris Wagstaffe and PaigeTautz in Fringe 2012

Nearly 50 Westmont students have created or will be performing in a record-setting 24 pieces during the Westmont Fringe Festival April 10-11 and 13 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 3 p.m. beginning at Porter Theatre and moving throughout campus. General admission is $10; $7 for students, seniors and children. Purchase tickets online at… [Continue Reading]

Offringa Directs, Acts in ‘Last Five Years’

Ben Offringa in 'Pirates'

Westmont senior Ben Offringa stars and directs in Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” a story of a couple’s rocky, five-year relationship, March 21-23 at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Tickets to the performance, which is a fundraiser for the Westmont Choir’s Lithuania tour in May, cost $14; $7 for students and seniors. Offringa… [Continue Reading]