Senior Art Explores ‘Degrees of Separation’

"Untitled" is an oil painting by Nicole Nicodemus

Fourteen graduating art majors will offer their capstone art projects, which span painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber sculpture, digital prints, welding, assemblage and a charcoal animation from April 5-May 5 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Degrees of Separation: Westmont Graduate Exhibition” is Thursday, April 5 from 4-6 p.m…. [Continue Reading]

Orchestra, Choir Host ‘Messiah’ Tour

The Westmont Orchestra conducted by Michael Shasberger

The Westmont College Choir and Orchestra will host its Masterworks Concert tour performing Handel’s Messiah (parts 2 and 3) beginning in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Admission is $10, students are free. For more information, please contact the music department at (805)… [Continue Reading]

Chamber Orchestra Hosts Spring Concert

Bassoonist Maya Rouillard

The Westmont Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Winds will host their spring concert Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. The Westmont Chamber Woodwinds, featuring Sarah Hooker (flute), Elaina Hollister (oboe), and Maya Rouillard (bassoon), will perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Mozart. The Brass Ensemble will… [Continue Reading]

Theatre Opens ‘End to Avoid Damage’ Play

Troy Chimuma in "Blood Wedding"

Westmont has commissioned a new play that explores friendship and the laundry list of things to do as the end of the world nears. “End to Avoid Damage,” written by Diane Exavier, Westmont theatee arts department scholar-in-residence, will be performed in Porter Hall Black-Box Theatre at Westmont on Sunday, March 25, and Monday, March 26,… [Continue Reading]

Violinist Awarded Guild Scholarship

The 2018 Music Guild winners

Violinist Bryan Kaleta, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, earned top honors at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition March 3, where seven high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. He received the $10,000 Music Guild scholarship (up to $40,000 over four years) plus awards for private music instruction and chamber… [Continue Reading]

Musicians Perform for Guild Scholarships

The 2017 Guild Finalists

Seven high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship, who will be announced immediately following the event, will… [Continue Reading]

Operetta Features Waltzes and Romance

The Westmont music and theatre arts departments combine creative talents to produce “Die Fledermaus (The Bat),” an operetta composed by Johann Strauss, on March 2 and 4 at 7 p.m. in downtown Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre. Tickets cost $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at For… [Continue Reading]

Toy Theater Ventures ‘Into Rice Fields’

Yulya Dukhovny, Westmont artist-in-residence, performs her style of visual theater that features paper animation performed in a vertical 2D scenic space on Feb. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Hall Black-Box Theatre. Tickets to “Into the Rice Fields,” written and performed by Dukhovny, cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors and… [Continue Reading]

Concerto Focuses on American Repertoire

Tim Beccue

The Westmont Orchestra will perform an American-themed program at the Orchestra Concerto Concert on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Hahn Hall, at the Music Academy of the West and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission (students are free),… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Explores Diversity of African Art

Nigeria, Benin Kingdom Court Style, Edo artist, Commemorative Head of a King (Oba), Brass, Early 19th century

Westmont neighbors Fima and Jere Lifshitz, who have collected African art for 40 years, exhibit many of their pieces Feb. 8 through March 24 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An opening reception for “Africa through Its Sculpture: Highlights from the Lifshitz Collection” will be Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum…. [Continue Reading]