Johann Strauss, Jr.’s exuberant comedy “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) is often relegated to performances on New Year Eve when it is set and its lilting waltzes, polkas, and sung champagne toasts are intoxicatingly appropriate. But now, a collaboration by Westmont College’s departments of theater arts and music gives this beloved, frothy gem a modern makeover. more
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The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art features the works of more than two dozen artists who have ties to the Santa Barbara community in How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990, July 6-Aug. 5. There will be a free, public opening reception 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the museum, 955 La Paz Road. The artists, many of whom still live locally, have served as art faculty at UCSB, Westmont and Santa Barbara City College. more
Christopher O’Connor, a 30-year resident and longtime local banker, has joined the Westmont Foundation, which cultivates ties between Westmont College and the community.
O’Connor, a wealth adviser of The Private Bank at Union Bank, began his career in 1991 with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. Since then he has worked with many Westmont alumni as colleagues or clients. more
Local children were featured performers in two free community concerts presented in February by the Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center and the Santa Barbara Unified School District at the Marjorie Luke Theatre and San Marcos High School Auditorium… 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, which also is assisting with instrument maintenance and repair. more
An exhibition opening January 14, through March 19, showcases work by some of the most recognized names in the annals of art history. …“It (the exhibit) also includes works by impressionists who were strongly influenced by the Barbizon artists’ plein air practices, such as Alfred Sisley, and Berthe Morisot,” says Westmont Provost Mark Sargent. more
Westmont College Music and Theatre Department, An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics – Following the 2013-2014 award-winning smash hit The Pirates of Penzance, the Westmont Music and Theatre department collaborate again to present two classics of world music theater: The Old Maid and the Thief (1939), by Gian Carlo Menotti, and La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress) (1733), by Giovanni Pergolesi. more