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]

Music Faculty Performs at Spring Recital

The performance includes Joanne Kim, Trey Farrell and Andrea Di Maggio

Westmont’s talented music faculty members perform at the Spring Faculty Recital on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. Faculty performers include Han Soo Kim (violin), Neil Di Maggio (piano), Andrea Di Maggio (flute), Robert Rockabrand (tenor), Paula Hatley (piano), Trey Farrell (oboe), Joanne… [Continue Reading]

Faculty to Perform Violin, Piano Recital

Dr. Han Soo Kim

Westmont music faculty members Han Soo Kim (violin) and Neil Di Maggio (piano) perform works by Mozart and Schubert at a violin and piano recital Friday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Wood Glen Hall (full recital); Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. in Faulkner Gallery at the downtown Santa Barbara Public Library (participating in… [Continue Reading]

Annual Reading to Honor Poet Stafford

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts the 12th annual community poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos… [Continue Reading]