Our 25th Anniversary Season is underway! I had the pleasure of welcoming many of you to our first shows, including appearances by Sandra Bernhard, Mandy Harvey, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers.
Fall at the Carpenter Center continues with something for everyone. Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience thrills with canine daredevils, Stacy Sullivan captivates with her homage to singer/songwriter-extraordinaire Peggy Lee, and podcast legend and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad reveals storytelling's power to inspire. And if you have a tween in your family, don't miss YouTube star Colleen Ballinger and her alter-ego character Miranda Sings.
This fall, we'll also be showcasing exceptional artistic experiences through Arts for Life, our free arts initiative. To all the donors who make this program possible—thank you. Your generosity directly benefits Long Beach elementary schoolchildren, CSULB students, and our community.
Thank you for supporting the arts and live performances. I hope to see you at our theatre soon!
Megan Kline Crockett
Above: CSULB President Jane Close Conoley introduces Captain Scott Kelly to her husband Dr. Collie Conoley. Also above: The on-stage dining at the President’s Party.
Our 2018-2019 Season culminated with our fourth President’s Party hosted by President Jane Close Conoley with special guest astronaut Captain Scott Kelly. Attendees enjoyed an all-inclusive pre-show dinner with entertainment, followed by Captain Scott Kelly’s personal stories of the challenges, triumphs and even the humor of life aboard the International Space Station. The generous donations raised by this event are now funding our Arts for Life programs for our new season.
Bill Nye will be the special guest at this season’s President’s Party on Saturday, April 25, 2020. His television program, Bill Nye the Science Guy, introduced generations of viewers to the wonders of the natural world—and to Nye’s boundless enthusiasm, infectious curiosity and engaging humor. The author of The New York Times bestseller Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, Bill Nye is also CEO of The Planetary Society. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, this non-profit space advocacy organization successfully deployed Lightsail 2 in June, the first spacecraft in Earth’s orbit propelled solely by sunlight.
Be a part of our fifth President’s Party for your chance to meet and dine with Bill Nye, President Jane Close Conoley, and all of our Arts for Life supporters. Then join us afterwards in the theatre for An Evening with Bill Nye The Science Guy as Bill Nye inspires us to use science to tackle and solve the world’s most complex challenges.Learn more about this event
Arts for Life’s Classroom Connections program provides essential arts exposure to Long Beach schoolchildren by connecting leading artists to Long Beach schools. Last season, Classroom Connections reached over 2,700 students and conducted 127 workshops at 15 schools. The program included an introduction to Latin dance and hip-hop with Contra-Tiempo, Jarabe Mexicano's celebration of the music of Latin America as played on traditional mariachi instruments, and exposure to the elements of opera with LA Opera. This season, Classroom Connections is thrilled to be bringing the San Francisco Bay Area-based Ensemble Mik Nawooj into participating fourth and fifth-grade Long Beach classrooms. Members of this cutting-edge hip-hop orchestra will conduct student workshops on genre-crossing musical techniques and multi-instrumental composition. This vital and energetic arts exposure culminates with a daytime performance by Ensemble Mik Nawooj at the Carpenter Center, providing many students with their first concert experience at a performing arts venue. Additional Classroom Connections experiences will follow throughout the season, including Versa-Style Dance Company and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles. The continued support of Arts for Life donors allows us to provide these and other arts experiences to Long Beach students.Donate to Arts for Life
Arts for Life donations and grant funding allow us to provide arts experiences to students and our community. Your donations cover artist fees and transportation costs, provide busing scholarships, as well as offset other costs associated with bringing artists into the classroom and into our theatre.
When Greg Kuritz visited the Carpenter Performing Arts Center this past April as one of the organizers of a four-day Carpenters convention, he was in the company of two busloads of Carpenters fans. The Carpenter Center and our Carpenters Exhibit was one stop on a tour of Carpenters landmarks, but the group was so impressed with their reception here that they recently decided to donate their remaining funds to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. We’re grateful to all of the Carpenters 50th Anniversary Celebration Attendees for their generous gift as we continue to honor the legacy of Richard and Karen Carpenter.
Join us on November 8, 2019 at 7pm at the Carpenter Center for a free public concert by Ensemble Mik Nawooj. EMN injects classical compositional techniques into hip-hop favorites and original jams, executing them with MCs, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums, and bass. Campus parking $10.Reserve your seat
The Carpenter Center and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music showcase talented students and exceptional music in a series of free performances held at the Carpenter Center.
Already this fall, CSULB’s leading classical and jazz students performed at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Showcase Concert. This rousing evening spotlighted students’ individual talents while also giving them an opportunity to perform in a professional setting.
We also kicked off the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Concert Series, which features a rich and varied repertoire of classical music. Students performed Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; and Ravel’s Piano Concert in G, played by Noah Lovold, winner of the concerto competition.
The next free concert in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Concert Series will be on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8pm and feature selections from Korngold, Schubert, and Stravinsky.Reserve your seat
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra returns on Sunday, November 17th at 3pm with guest soloist Chris Brubeck, son of the late Dave Brubeck. Chris Brubeck performs a movement of his Trombone Concerto along with his father’s classic “Blue Rondo a la Turk.” Also on the program is the opening movement of Pat Williams’s Pulitzer Prize nominated “An American Concerto” and the world premiere of “Varying the Elgar Variations” by SJO music director Mitch Glickman.
The 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, conducted by music director Mitch Glickman, is the country’s premier ensemble uniquely dedicated to bridging the worlds of jazz and classical music.Reserve your seat
Join Dr. Ray Briggs, professor of Jazz Studies and Music History at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7pm for From the Cabaret to the Concert Hall: Exploring the Wide World of Jazz. Dr. Briggs will provide context for upcoming performances by Stacy Sullivan, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, David Benoit, and Ann Hampton Callaway. The lecture is free and held at the Carpenter Center. Campus parking $10.Reserve your seat