Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Carpenter Center Free Lecture Series

This free lecture series brings expert faculty members from CSULB into the Carpenter Center to provide context for upcoming performances. Each lecture is one hour long.




Cultura – Celebration of Mexican Folklore

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 7pm

Dr. Antonia Garcia-Orozco will provide context to the Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles with Villalobos Brothers and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles with Jarabe Mexicano performances.

Antonia Garcia-Orozco (Dr. Toni) is an Associate Professor in the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. She is also a respected singer/songwriter who specializes in Nueva Trova and other musical genres. As a performance artist she directed a student production of “The Revolution redux” with her CHLS 380 theatre students. She also performed in Monica Palacios’ Queer Chicana Soul at Highways Performance Space. Dr. Toni composed and sang the lead solo in the choral piece “Tengo Fe” written for the Metropolitan Community Church ICM choir and performed the world premiere at the Noche de Memorias World Aids Day.

Dr. Toni received her AA in music from LACC, her BA and MA in Communication Studies from CSUN, and her PhD in Cultural Studies from the Claremont Graduate University in 2005. Her dissertation, Cucurrucucu Palomas: The Estilo Bravío of Lucha Reyes and the Creation of Feminist Consciousness via the Canción Ranchera examined the role of gender in Mexican song. She is also the author of the Mariachi encyclopedia entry for Latinas in the United States-A Historical Encyclopedia Vol 2 edited by Vicki Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol.


Contemporary Dance Explained
with Dr. Colleen Dunagan

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 7pm

Dr. Colleen Dunagan, professor of Dance History at CSULB, provides context for upcoming performances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet and A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, examining their differences and relevance to modern day culture.

Colleen Dunagan, Ph.D. is Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. Her research on dance in advertising appears in Dance Research Journal, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, Movies Moves and Music, and her monograph, Consuming Dance: Choreography & Advertising (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her choreography has been performed at Santa Ana College, Mt. San Jacinto College, UC Riverside, CSU Long Beach, The Chamber Theater (Seattle, WA), University Settlement (N.Y.), Highways (Santa Monica, CA), and screened at the Local Makers portion of Dance Camera West’s Dance Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA (June 2010).


Sing it, Boys!
with Dr. Elizabeth Lindau

Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 7pm

Dr. Elizabeth Lindau, professor of Musicology at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music provides context for upcoming performances by OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Everly Brothers: Live at Royal Albert Hall [Revisited], and The Doo Wop Project—all tributes to some of the world’s first boy bands.

Elizabeth Ann Lindau is Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. A specialist in the intersections between rock music and avant-gardism, she has published widely on artists such as the Velvet Underground, Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth, and Brian Eno. Dr. Lindau regularly teaches a General Education course on US popular music in the BCCM.


From the Cabaret to the Concert Hall: Exploring the Wide World of Jazz
with Dr. Ray Briggs

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 7pm

Dr. Ray Briggs, professor of Jazz Studies and Music History at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music provides context for upcoming performances by Stacy Sullivan, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, David Benoit, and Ann Hampton Callaway.

Dr. Ray Briggs is an Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in music education (University of Memphis), master’s degrees in performance (University of Redlands) and ethnomusicology (UCLA), and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (UCLA). As a jazz saxophonist he has performed with John Clayton, Stefon Harris, and Roy Hargrove, among others. As a scholar he has written articles published in the Encyclopedia of African American Music, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene.

2019-2020 Schedule


Ticket required for admission. Free ticket reservations will be available 60 days prior to event date. Campus parking $10.


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