Local Artists Featured in ‘Vital’ Exhibition

Bill Dewey "Sacramento Delta Patterns"

Katie Curry of Goleta won Best in Show, earning the $1,000 James A. McIntyre Memorial cash prize at the opening reception of “VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition” May 21 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Beverly Decker of Summerland won the 1st Art Council Award of $500 and Bill Dewey of Santa Barbara won 2nd… [Continue Reading]

New Grads Urged to Make Commitments

Golden Warriors

Commencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love and taking chances in their careers May 9 at Westmont. Brooks’ opening, witty monologue shone a ray of sunshine on an otherwise overcast day. Several thousand family and friends of the remained bundled up through… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Performs in SB, LA before Italy

The Westmont College Orchestra

The Westmont Orchestra performs twice in Santa Barbara and twice in the Los Angeles-area before traveling to Italy May 12-23. The Spring Orchestra Concert, which features pieces by Verdi, Vivaldi and Puccini, is Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian… [Continue Reading]

Columnist Brooks Speaks at Commencement

Commencement 2014

David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and political analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal in honor of all the local organizations that serve our community by assisting individuals and families facing enormous… [Continue Reading]

Senior Art Show Features a ‘Maker’s Dozen’

SeniorShow14

Thirteen graduating art majors will display their capstone art projects April 9-May 9 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public reception opens “Maker’s Dozen: Westmont Senior Art Exhibition 2015” on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. The students will exhibit works ranging in media from printmaking, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and video…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Famed Pianist Primakov

Vassily Primakov

Renowned Russian pianist Vassily Primakov, who recently released a new, two-CD album, “Chopin: 51 Mazurkas,” performs Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Tickets cost $25 for general admission; $20 seniors; $10 student and group (eight or more); and may be purchased at the door or by… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Presents Theater on the Fringe

Lindsey Twigg and Connor Bush performed in the 2014 Fringe

A record number of students have collaborated to produce 28 different pieces of original theater, dance, performance art and film in Westmont’s largest Fringe Festival April 16-17, 19 at 7 p.m. and April 18 at 3 p.m., all beginning at Porter Theatre. Festival passes ($15 general admission, $10 students/seniors) or daily tickets ($10 general admission,… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Choir Tours San Joaquin Valley

Choir Singing

The Westmont College Choir tours Central California April 10-12 with performances in San Luis Obispo, Chowchilla, Visalia and Santa Barbara. The choir of 60 student singers will perform a selected repertoire from their entire concert season, especially works by emerging American composers. “We’re delighted to present a stunning new work by American composer Eric Whitacre,”… [Continue Reading]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Sierra Farrar, Merckx Dascomb, Jonathan Wong, Kennedy Hahn, Kathryn Ogata and Mirah Ray

Violinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were… [Continue Reading]

Sonos Montecito Quintet Offers Recital

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

Sonos Montecito, a wind quintet in residence at Westmont, performs a free, public recital Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The quintet, comprised of Westmont’s applied music faculty, will play works by Georges Bizet, Paul Hindemith and Madeleine Dring (with accompanist Neil Di Maggio). Sonos Montecito features Andrea Di Maggio, flute, Trey Farrell,… [Continue Reading]