Thank you for an amazing 2017-2018 season.
See you in a few months!!


2017-2018 Past Events

September 16, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
The Chipper Experience! Where Comedy & Magic Collide!!
Edgy fun for ages 9-99!

Two-Time “Comedy Magician of the Year”, Chipper Lowell, returns to southern California for an incredible night of side-splitting comedy, magic, and fun-filled surprises! Chipper has appeared multiple times on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW, THE DISNEY CHANNEL, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST PEOPLE!, & DON’T BLINK!, as well as all four seasons of the CW’s hit series: “MASTERS OF ILLUSION”.   Described as a “Cyclone of high-energy wit & laughs, and jaw-dropping magic!”, Chipper has performed all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.   Audiences and critics alike continue to rave about his hilarious one man show and onstage antics.   Suitable for ages 9 and up, Chipper’s show is a nonstop roller coaster of edgy comedy, original magic, and even a bit of dangerous juggling stunts thrown in for good measure.  Come join us!  And make sure to bring your family and friends!  You’re in for a laugh-filled and memorable evening of absolute fun!

September 19, 2017 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Sheila E.
NOTE: This is an interview with Sheila and not a concert performance.

The Inside Latin Jazz series continues to offer fascinating and penetrating onstage interviews with leading Latin Jazz artists. Moderated by flute soloist and Professor at Whittier College, Danilo Lozano, this is something every lover of music will not want to miss.

Thanks to the BCM Foundation, our Inside Latin Jazz events are always free!


September 23, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
The Marmalade Skies Project
with special guests The Previous Owners

A multi-genre homage to the timeless music of the Beatles. This project is a heartfelt tribute to the timeless music of the Beatles, as told through many musical styles--rumba flamenca, the Afro-Cuban charanga, soul/jazz, Pink Floyd-style psychedelia--it's all here, the classic songs you know and love in brand-new instrumental settings.
September 30, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts presents
"Salón México"

Bilingual Foundation of the Arts returns to the Shannon Center with the play "Salón México" in all its splendor and secrets. Music, intense passions and a mystery that must be solved make up the story in which the Danzon is the principal player.

Presented in Spanish / Presented En Español

October 3, 2017 | Tuesday | 7:30 p.m.
Roger McGuinn

As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn,Turn,Turn”, “Eight Miles High” and “Mr. Tambourine Man”, McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history.
October 5, 2017 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
A Conversation with the Attorney General

A special event with Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, please call (562) 692-5858.

Aloha Series

October 7, 2017 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Raiatea Helm

Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm set the Hawaiian music community on fire at age 18, with the release of her debut CD Far Away Heaven in 2002. Her pure, clear voice makes her a natural performer of leo ki`eki`e (Hawaiian falsetto). She is now recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s premier female vocalists and a keeper of the Hawaiian falsetto tradition of the early to mid-20th century. Accompanying herself on ‘ukulele, Raiatea interprets traditional Hawaiian songs with the mastery and control of a jazz vocalist and has been heralded as the successor to such Hawaiian music greats as Aunty Genoa Keawe.

October 12-14, 2017 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
October 15, 2017 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
"Gas Light"
by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Katie Liddicoat. This production will be in the Studio Theatre.

In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie and Priestley, "Gaslight" is a genre-defining, sensationally suspenseful, all-round elegant masterpiece. This superb mystery-thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

October 21, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Theater Simple presents
"The Slipknot" by TJ Dawe.

Journey back with the speaker to dead-end jobs of his youth: driving a giant truck, working phones for the postal service, and being a drugstore stockboy. TJ Dawe's "The Slipknot" is a spellbinding comic monologue, by turns hysterical and heartbreaking, frantic and thoughtful.

Performed by theater simple co-founder, Andrew Litzky, THE SLIPKNOT brims with observations, both wise and outlandish: on long-distance relationships, the history of Santa Claus, recreational dramamine (and why you should never EVER mail meat, no matter what the clerk at the 7-11 tells you).

October 26, 2017 | Thursday | 7:30 p.m.
RealNewMusic proudly presents
An Evening with Philip Glass

Join legendary composer and performer Philip Glass in a moderated conversation with composer/Shannon Center Theatre Manager Shane Cadman. The evening will also include Mr. Glass performing some of his music on piano.

RealNewMusic is an annual concert that features art music created and performed by composer/performers.

November 2, 2017 | Thursday | 7:00 p.m.
"Lettres de Femmes, Femmes de Lettres"

"Lettres de femmes, Femmes de lettres (Letters by Women, Women of Letters)" is a visually engaging production adapting writings by French and Francophone women authors from across six centuries, from Marie de France to Fatou Diome, including Madame de la Lafayette, Colette, and Maguerite Duras.  All of these women and their selected texts share an “imagery pertinent to the natural elements of water, wind and fire as well as themes of letters, paper, voyage, exile, and [...] the need to write oneself out of exile and silence.” Appropriate for students of all levels of French proficiency.

Presented in French / Présenté en Français

November 4, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.

The Felici Piano Trio

Since its founding in 1994, the Felici Piano Trio has not only been committed to artistic excellence, but equally dedicated to develop the appreciation and love of music in the audiences of today and tomorrow. Come be a part of the exciting chamber music experience created by the trio.

Program includes works by Haydn, Gade and Mendelssohn.

November 30-December 2, 2017 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
December 3, 2017 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
"The Penelopiad"
by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Jennifer S. Holmes.

As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids.

Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.

December 7, 2017 | Thursday | 7:30 p.m.
Enceladus Theatre Company presents
"It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"

The wildly popular, classic holiday film "It’s a Wonderful Life" has been adapted into a quick-paced and entertaining live performance radio play. Come join us for Shannon Center this annual holiday tradition!

Aloha Series

December 9, 2017 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Maunalua is known for its tight harmonies and prowess with slack key guitar. Long a favorite with audiences all over Hawaiʻi, as well as a number of foreign countries and the continental U.S., their always-entertaining performances range from fun, high-energy songs to sweet and soulful ballads, interspersed with banter between the three group members and with the audience. Whether performing for hundreds at inauguration festivities for then newly-elected President Obama in 2009, or for a few dozen people at a backyard paʻina (party), Maunalua never disappoints.

December 16, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Navidad en Whittier - Danza Floricanto/USA

Celebrate the season as one of the top Folklorico companies in the United States brings the traditional dances of a Mexican Christmas to the stage of the Shannon Center. Founded in 1975, Danza Floricanto/USA is the oldest existing professional Mexican folk dance troupe in Los Angeles. Follow folklorico dance through the different areas and times in Mexico from Azteca dancers to contemporary, as a grandmother tells her granddaughter of her heritage. Featuring live Mariachi music.
December 22, 2017 | Friday | 7:30 p.m.
Hawaiian Holiday Slack Key Show featuring Jim "Kimo" West

Continue celebrating the season island style with slack key guitarist (and Weird Al Yankovic guitarist) Jim "Kimo" West. This concert is sure to bring some peace and aloha to the busy days, so take some time to give yourself the break we all know you deserve!
January 13, 2018 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Cuba L.A.
Cuba L.A. keeps the soul of Cuban music alive, fueled by the love of their heritage and the exhilaration of musical experimentation. Led by Danilo Lozano, flutist, a founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and musicologist – Cuba L.A. is a dream team of Cuban musicians living in Los Angeles. The band has grown a reputation for percussive and melodic fireworks – poly-rhythmic timbales, congas and bongos provide an unbelievable backdrop to scorching performances on trumpets, flute, piano, and strings.
Aloha Series

January 20, 2018 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Makaha Sons featuring Jerome Koko with Kimo Artis and Mark Yim
with special guest Daniel Ho

For 40 years, Jerome Koko and the Makaha Sons have committed themselves to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian music throughout Hawai‘i and the World. Their incomparable vocal arrangements and delightful stage presence filled with comical antics have won the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide.
January 25, 2018 | Thursday | 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Anderson & Tierra Negra with their international band
with special guest, blues legend Bobby Messano

When Muriel Anderson comes to the Shannon Center, she always brings special guests with her. This year we are excited to have Tierra Negra return, as well as special guest, blues guitar legend Bobby Messano joining her on stage. In addition, she will be sharing her new production, "Eclipse." If you love the guitar, you do not want to miss this night of great music.
January 27, 2018 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Bettman & Halpin

Multi-award winners BETTMAN & HALPIN have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter.
January 30, 2018 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Luis Miranda

The Inside Latin Jazz series continues to offer fascinating and penetrating onstage interviews with leading Latin Jazz artists. Moderated by flute soloist and Professor at Whittier College, Danilo Lozano, this is something every lover of music will not want to miss.

Thanks to the BCM Foundation, our Inside Latin Jazz events are always free!


February 3, 2018 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Comedian/Inventor/Magician Eric Buss

Eric Buss was born in Tucson, Arizona. When he was born, the doctors all laughed at him. That laughter gave Eric a rush, and at the age of seven seconds he knew he wanted to make people laugh when he grew up. Later, at the ripe age of 8, he learned how to tinker in his dad’s workshop. Then, at age 16, he started learning magic tricks. When he successfully merged his passion for building with his magical skills he knew right then and there (according to this Bio) that he wanted to be a professional comedy magician who would build his own original props. He has never looked back.
February 4, 2018 | Sunday | 7:30 p.m.
Howard Jones Solo - The Stories & The Songs
with special guest Rachael Sage

Howard Jones Solo - The Songs And The Stories is an intimate trip through Howard's 30-year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favorite instrument, the piano, and these solo shows will find Howard performing them solo with piano only. Howard shares behind-the-scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare stripped-down shows.
February 15, 2018 | Thursday | 7:00 p.m.
Grupo de Teatro Sinergia and Teatro Frida Kahlo presents
"Frida Kahlo"

Written and Directed by Ruben Amavizca-Murua.

Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA presents the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed production "FRIDA KAHLO." Written and directed by Rubén Amavizca-Murúa, "FRIDA KAHLO" is a kaleidoscope of images with which the iconic Mexican painter tells her own story, her passionate love affair with Diego Rivera and her art.

Presented in Spanish / Presented En Español

February 18, 2018 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
The Felici Piano Trio

Since its founding in 1994, the Felici Piano Trio has not only been committed to artistic excellence, but equally dedicated to develop the appreciation and love of music in the audiences of today and tomorrow. Come be a part of the exciting chamber music experience created by the trio.

Program includes works by Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak.

March 8-10, 2018 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
March 11, 2018 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Gil Gonzalez.

Often dubbed the “Greatest Play Ever Written” and written by the most produced playwright each year, William Shakespeare, the titular Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark, returns home for his father’s funeral only to find his mother, Queen Gertrude, has remarried his father’s brother (and Hamlet’s uncle), the newly minted King Claudius. A saddened Hamlet must now solve the mystery surrounding his father’s death, while questioning his own actions, behaviors and relationships.

Aloha Series

March 17, 2018 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Santos with Kamuela Kimokeo

Delight in the seamless blending of Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian music by singer/songwriter and Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Santos, accompanied by the exceptional guitar stylings of Kamuela Kimokeo. Perhaps best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, Jerry Santos has been a familiar presence on the Hawai’i music scene for over four decades. Kamuela Kimokeo is a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano award winning group Hi'ikua.  

We regret that Willie K is unable to perform on this date due to health reasons. We hope to reschedule him as part of a future Aloha Series season.

March 24, 2018 | Saturday | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet The Authors & Bookfaire
Featuring authors Rhys Bowen, Tod Goldberg, Eric Morago, Lisa Napoli, and Joseph L. Price

Meet great authors, discuss books with other bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on the Robinson Theatre stage with the authors. Books from the authors will be available for purchase at the event.

* Authors subject to change
March 29, 2018 | Thursday | 7:00 p.m. - NOTE: This is a free event. Tickets are not required.
Bridges - Multi-Media Reading

Bridges: A multi-media project featuring thirteen works of visual art, thirteen poems, and thirteen musical compositions on the theme of “bridges” and its many interpretations. The project will be in the lobby of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College from March 5 – May 25th, 2018, as well as online. A live performance and reception will be held on Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m.
April 15, 2018 | Sunday | 3:00 p.m.
David Muller & Rose Chen in Recital

Join us to help celebrate the release of the new recoding by David Muller and Rose Chen. This recital will feature the major works for bassoon and piano from the new CD. Copies of the recording will be available for purchase in the lobby before and after the performance.


April 20-21, 2018 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
El Teatro Campesino presents
"La Carpa de los Rasquachis"

Written by Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit," La Bamba," etc.).

The world famous El Teatro Campesino brings their production of  "La Carpa de los Rasquachis" to the Shannon Center. The carpa (itinerant tent show) presents the epic life story of the farmworker in America. Told through the struggles, frustrations and ultimate victory of a single Chicano, the Rasquachi saga (working-class, underdog) comes alive in corridos (Mexica ballads) that tell of life's tragedies with an ironic, rollicking earthy good humor.


We are excited to have world-renowned photographer George Rodriguez here in our lobby to sign copies of his new book Double Vision: The Photogrpahy of George Rodriguez on Friday, April 20th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

April 24, 2018 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Pedrito Martinez

Thus event is SOLD OUT. There may be a limited number of tickets available at the box office when it opens at 7:00 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. We will also have a wait list in case tickets are returned.

The Inside Latin Jazz series continues to offer fascinating and penetrating onstage interviews with leading Latin Jazz artists. Moderated by flute soloist and Professor at Whittier College, Danilo Lozano, this is something every lover of music will not want to miss.

Thanks to the BCM Foundation, our Inside Latin Jazz events are always free!


April 28, 2018 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m.
Whittier College Dance Team 10th Anniversary Showcase

This year's annual showcase is Saturday April 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm at The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. Because of the variety of dance styles and backgrounds the team members come from, the year's show will consist of hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and modern performances. Besides the numbers choreographed by the team, there will be various off-campus studios featured in the show. If you love dance, you won't want to miss this!

May 10, 2018 | Thursday | 6:30 p.m.
Historias del Corazon

CEPI - Fifth Dimension presents a screening of digital short stories based on the book "Historias del Corazon: Una Coleccion de Historias" ("Stories from the Heart: A Collection of Stories"). The event will include a Q&A with the authors after the screening.

Aloha Series

May 26, 2018 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Robert Cazimero & Halau Na Kamalei
with special guest Marlene Sai

We are excited to once again close our season with the incomparable Robert Cazimero & Halau Na Kamalei. As always these will be performances not to be missed!



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