Broadway World

BWW Feature: THE 9 SHOWS TO WATCH FOR IN 2019—SANTA BARBARA REGION

Die Zauberflöte! For the last few years, Westmont College’s
John Blondell has been staging operatic works in combination with the Westmont music department. Mozart’sThe Magic Flute is a fairy tale that begins with a lost prince agreeing to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter, who’s been abducted by the evil Sarastro. The narrative is epic and over the top, the music is beautifully engaging, and price is right, making Blondell’s productions the most accessible opera in town. Whether you’re an opera enthusiast or a newcomer looking to dip your toe into this extravagant theatrical form,The Magic Flute promises to be one of the most unique productions of the year. … more

Santa Barbara Symphony Presents PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, A Multisensory Performance

Handy enjoys an active career in Los Angeles as a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and a studio musician for Hollywood. He also performs regularly with the LA Opera, at festivals, on chamber music series, and teaches at Westmont College. … more

Salvage Vanguard Theater Presents HOUSE PLAY By Diana Lynn Small

Marie Ponceis an actor, teacher and strength coach residing in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from Westmont College and splits her theatre making between L.A. and Santa Barbara. … more

Gilman Named Santa Barbara Symphony Board President

Dr. Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and executive coach, has been elected president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors…  A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College. more

Santa Barbara Symphony Children to Present Year’s Final BRAVO! Concert

Local elementary students in grades four through six will present a free band and string concert at 6 pm on Monday, May 1, in the Marjorie Luke Theatre…  In addition to the Santa Barbara Symphony, SBUSD, and the Incredible Children’s Art Network, funding partners include Westmont College, the Mosher Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. more

BWW Preview: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont College

About ten years ago, I saw a production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding that has stuck in my brain, rearing itself up to serve as background visual for thoughts regarding (even slightly) related topics.. Produced by Westmont College and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Blood Wedding runs at the Porter Theater this week and next. more

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents A FLEA IN HER EAR

COURTNEY SCHWASS (Lucienne Homenides De Histangua) was last seen in Westmont College’s production of Almost, Maine. Before moving to Santa Barbara, she studied acting at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area with Beth McBrien. A Flea in Her Ear marks Courtney’s first performance with The Theatre Group at SBCC. more

Don Gilman Named Vice President of Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors

Don Gilman, an internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, and executive coach, has been elected vice president of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board of Directors… A Santa Barbara native and an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Dr. Gilman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Westmont College, a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a doctorate in organization change from Pepperdine University. more

SINNER/SAINT Gives History and Future of LGBTQ

Santa Barbara is a small enough town that when my timetable for producing reviews slacks, I inevitably run into someone involved in the production I’ve yet to write about… These two young playwrights conceived Sinner/Saint as a senior project at Westmont College. more 

Local Choruses to Unite with S.B. Symphony for Monumental Performances of Beethoven’s Ninth

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16. Also featuring Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, the season-opening concerts will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, October 15, and at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16. Tickets are now available. The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting ofFriedrich Schiller‘s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more