Christmas Festival Looks to the Stars

Westmont’s Third Annual Christmas Festival has sold out. The program will feature traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by Westmont’s Chamber Orchestra and multiple choirs, as well as dance, dramatic readings and visual art. There will be performances at First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu (at Garden Street): Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec…. [Continue Reading]

Christmas Tree Lighting to Feature Pickles

Westmont kicks off the Christmas season with the sixth annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn, Wednesday, Nov. 28. The lights on the 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as The Giant Pickle, will glow at 5 p.m. Warm apple cider, cookies and pickles will be available. Santa Claus will be inside Kerrwood Hall posing for… [Continue Reading]

Professors Offer Talks to Congregations

Westmont professors are visiting local congregations to discuss how they integrate their faith into their work. The new program, Classroom to Congregation, is designed to provide learning opportunities and stimulate conversation at Central Coast churches. “The Westmont faculty are ready to help the Santa Barbara faith community reflect on the intersection of faith with contemporary… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope Captures Explosive Comet

Westmont’s Keck Telescope has provided color photographs of a rare celestial surprise in the northeastern evening sky. Comet 17P/Holmes in the constellation Perseus caught astronomers off guard when it suddenly brightened on October 24. “The comet was discovered by a British astronomer in the 19th century. Until several weeks ago it was nothing but an… [Continue Reading]

Student-Run Auction Benefits Neighborhood

  More than 30 students in a Westmont marketing class have organized an auction to raise funds for after-school programs for low-income Santa Barbara youngsters. Auction for Eastside Alternatives will feature vacation packages, golf outings, artwork, gift certificates and holiday gift ideas and much more on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7 p.m. at Chase Palm… [Continue Reading]

Music in the Air at Wind Concert

The Westmont Wind Ensemble will give a free concert Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8p.m., at Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Spring Road. Directed by Professor Paul Mori, the group is composed of several ensembles of woodwind and brassplayers. A wind quintet will perform work by Russian composers Anatol Liadov and IgorStravinsky, and an octet will play… [Continue Reading]

Third Annual Westmont Chistmas Festival

Get into the Christmas spirit early this year at Westmont’s Third Annual Christmas Festival. The free program will feature traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by Westmont’s Chamber Orchestra and multiple choirs, as well as dance, dramatic readings and visual art. Choose from three performances at First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu at Garden… [Continue Reading]

A “Change” in Contemporary Dance

The Westmont student dance company, The Windancers, presents “Change” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The dance recital will feature original pieces set to contemporary music, followed by a talk-back with the dancers and choreographers. Admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors. The performance explores the theme of change… [Continue Reading]

A Trio of Musical Events

Three intimate concerts on Westmont’s campus next week provide a chance to hear excellent music up close and get to know talented young musicians. Each event is free and open to the public. The Composers’ Concert Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel will highlight original compositions by students. Faculty and students will… [Continue Reading]

Encore Performance

Local radio station KDB (93.7 FM) will be feature American Double on Santa Barbara in Concert, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in a performance recorded Oct. 19 at Montecito Covenant Church. The violin-piano duo is on a national CD-release tour, performing the complete works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom for violin and piano…. [Continue Reading]