2017-2018 ALOHA SERIES

2017-2018 EVENTS - STAY TUNED!

 
2016-2017 Past Events
A Very Special Summer Event!

August 21, 2016 | Sunday | 7:30 p.m.
RealNewMusic proudly presents
An Evening with Harold Budd

Legendary composer and performer Harold Budd, known as one of the pioneers of ambient music for his solo work and his work with Brian Eno and the Cocteau Twins, will be performing live with Bradford Ellis and special guest Veda Hille at the Shannon Center for a rare and special night of music, poetry and visuals by artist Jane Maru. This will truly be a night not to be missed.

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

September 13, 2016 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Daniel Amat

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 17, 2016 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
David Wilcox

Folk singer/songwriter David Wilcox’s lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. Now, 18 albums into a career spanning over 25 years of touring extensively around the U.S and world, he continues to deliver joy, inspiration and invention to his legions of fans.

"David Wilcox’s ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” - Rolling Stone

Aloha Series

September 24, 2016 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Keauhou with special guest Robert Cazimero

Keauhou (Kahanuola Solatorio, and brothers, Nicholas and Zachary Lum) bring forth inspiration from Hawaiian music of the eras preceding them, and contribute to a renewed respect and interest for the incomparable beauty of traditional Hawaiian music. They will be joined by legendary Hawaiian musician and kumu hula Robert Cazimero in what will surely be special and memorable performances of Hawaiian music and dance.

October 1, 2016 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts presents
"El Hombre de La Mancha"

Bilingual Foundation of the Arts returns to the Shannon Center with this Spanish-language production of the classic musical "The Man of La Mancha," which tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.

Presented in Spanish / Presented En Español

October 20-22, 2016 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
October 23, 2016 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
"The Good Person of Sichuan"
by Bertolt Brecht and Michael Hoffman
Directed by Dr. Jennifer S. Holmes

Three gods come to earth hoping to discover one really good person. No one can be found until they meet Shen Te, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Rewarded by the gods, she gives up her profession and buys a tobacco shop but finds it is impossible to survive as a good person in a corrupt world without the support of her ruthless alter ego Shui Ta. Brecht's parable of good and evil was first performed in 1943 and remains one of his most popular and frequently produced plays worldwide.

October 28, 2016 | Friday | 7:30 p.m.
"Huis Clos" by Jean-Paul Sartre  

Imagine yourself trapped in a minimally furnished room with two imperfect strangers and finding out that whatever utterance your mind forms succumbs to the pressure of those staring at you. No intimate thought, none of your deepest feelings can escape the scrutiny of your roommates, cellmates, hellmates. It’s the boiling point of peer pressure: “L’enfer, c’est les autres” or “Hell is others.”

"Huis-Clos/No Exit" is the most celebrated and studied existentialist play. French philosopher, playwright, novelist, and essayist, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) has cast in a sharp light his stark views about the relation of the self to others, making his philosophy of humanity accessible to a large audience.

November 5, 2016 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
John Gabriel - Magic Redefined - A great show for the whole family!

For over a decade magician John Gabriel has been thrilling audiences with his unique style of magic. Mixing humor and suspense while flawlessly executing illusions- all performed precisely to a backdrop of compelling music that highlights every mood. NBC hailed John Gabriel as “Magic’s Newest Star.”

November 8, 2016 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Jose Madera

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!       

November 12, 2016 | 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 Beethoven, Franck and Schubert.

November 17-19, 2016 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
November 20, 2016 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)"
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Adapted and Directed by Gil Gonzalez (in the Studio Theatre)


All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

November 30, 2016 | Wednesday | 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 this annual holiday tradition!

Aloha Series

NOTE: THESE PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT. MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT! December 3, 2016 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Keali'i Reichel

Keali‘i Reichel has been at the forefront in the revival and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. He is a world class performer, best-selling recording artist, multiple award-winning kumu hula, prolific composer, renowned chanter, choreographer, dancer, crafter, scholar and teacher, and we are very excited that is returning to the Shannon Center for his second time performing here.

December 10, 2016 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Navidad en Whittier - Danza Floricanto/USA
 

Celebrate the season as one of the top Folkorico 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.
January 10, 2017 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
featuring Eddie Resto

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!

Aloha Series

January 14, 2017 | 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 39 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 18, 2017 | Wednesday | 7:30 p.m.
Muriel Anderson with special guests Stanley Jordan & Mino Cinelu 

When Muriel Anderson comes to the Shannon Center, she always brings special guests with her. This year we are very excited to have guitarist/musician extraordinaire Stanley Jordan once again join Muriel for this special night of live music.
January 28, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
"LOON" by WONDERHEADS

Acclaimed physical theatre company and mask imagineers the WONDERHEADS bring you a love story that whisks a man to the moon and back! Francis, a lonely janitor who is plagued by isolation and tickled by whispers of childhood imagination, has hit rock bottom and discovers that he has nowhere to go...but up. And up. And up! But will plucking the moon from the sky bring him the love he is searching for?

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

February 2, 2017 | Thursday | 7:30 p.m.
California Guitar Trio
Celebrating 25 years with their new album "KOMOREBI"


The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

February 4, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
 Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun - An Evening of Stories and Songs

Stan Ridgway is a true original. One of the most unique and gifted singer/songwriters in American music, from his early days with L.A.’s Wall Of Voodoo, to his even more intriguing solo career, Stan Ridgway continues to create an impressive body of work, and we are excited to have him return to the Shannon Center for a night of great songs and storytelling.

February 11, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
RealNewMusic 2017

Zoë Keating
NOTE: THERE WILL BE A FREE DEMONSTRATION/Q&A WITH Z Keating FROM 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION.

Cellist and composer Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology - which she uses to sample her cello onstage - and for her DIY approach, releasing her music online without the help of a record label. This project received support from the California Arts Council, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), and IMTour.

RealNewMusic is a semi-annual concert that features art music created and performed by composer/performers.
February 18, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin

The Shannon Center is excited to see the return of Dave Alvin (the Blasters, X, the Knitters) to our stage, and this time he's bringing his brother Phil (the Blasters) with him for a special night of acoustic music. We're looking forward to a great night of music, both old and new.

February 22, 2017 | Wednesday | 7:00 p.m.
Grupo de Teatro Sinergia and Teatro Frida Kahlo presents
"El Beso De La Mujer Araña" ("Kiss of the Spider Woman")

By Manuel Puig. Directed by Pedro J. Ortiz.

Grupo de Teatro Sinergia/Teatro Frida Kahlo return to the Shannon Center with this well-known and highly regarded story.


Presented in Spanish / Presented En Español

February 26, 2017 | 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 to include works by Onslow, Debussy and Brahms.

March 4, 2017 | Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Cambalache

3/3/17: Due to a family emergency, Quetzal is not able to perform on this concert. However, Cambalache will still be performing and will make it a full-concert evening on the theme of “La Bamba and Other Stories of Migration, Love and Resistance.” They are dynamic and passionate performers, and this is sure to be a great night. We do apologize for any inconvenience and are offering full refunds to those who purchased tickets prior to this announcement and request them. Thank you for your understanding.

La Bamba and Other Stories of Migration, Love and Resistance

Son Jarocho and Chicano Music have had a well documented 55+ year love affair. Beginning with Ritchie Valens 1959 rock n’ roll version of a popular son jarocho piece titled “La Bamba,” there have been countless creative manifestations that have continued to link Veracruz and Los Angeles. Join Chicano jarocho ensemble Cambalache on an exploration of these stories that lie at the crux of translocal dialogue, convivencia.

March 11, 2017 | Saturday | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet The Authors & Bookfaire
featuring authors Mike Garabedian, Stacey Lee, Kristine Madera, Aline Ohanesian & Susan Straight

The deadline for lunch on the stage has passed. Tickets for the no-lunch option will be available through the start of the event.

Help raise money for the Shannon Center by being a part of our annual Meet the Authors & Bookfaire fundraiser. Great authors, great books, good friends and a great time.



Aloha Series

March 18, 2017 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer

One is a Hawaiian legend who has stretched the boundaries of slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. The other is a rising star of the next generation of slack key players, who uses the style’s open tunings to explore multiple genres with ease and flair. Together, they present an evening of superb guitar that explores the beauty of Hawaiian music as it reflects its native land, the range of Hawai‘i’s many cultural influences, and the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of Hawai‘I, slack key guitar or ki-ho‘alu. They are joined by lovely dancer Moanalani Beamer, who brings hula and Hawaiian chants to the stage, and adds musical texture with ancient Hawaiian instruments.

March 31 - April 2, 2017
The Whittier College Bach Festival

NOTE: Bach Festival events will not be taking place at the Shannon Center this year.
The Department of Music at Whittier College hosts its annual Bach Festival to support its educational mission and to enhance the musical experiences of our students and the Southern California community. Each spring, we bring a special emphasis to our Bach Festival. Past foci have included women who affected Bach’s musical compositions and the influence of his music in Latin America. Please join us for a weekend filled with the music of J.S. Bach.
April 6-8, 2017 | Thursday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
April 9, 2017 | Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
"Next to Normal"
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Dr. Jennifer S. Holmes

"Next To Normal," with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next To Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life and is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.

April 18, 2017 | Tuesday | 8:00 p.m.
Inside Latin Jazz
Latin Jazz 104 featuring a special night of live music by Cuba. L.A.
Join Professor Danilo Lozano and a live band as they provide a unique educational experience!

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 23, 2017 | Sunday | 5:30 p.m.
KPCC In Person - Unheard LA

On April 23, KPCC In Person launches “Unheard LA – the stories of where you live,” a dynamic three-show storytelling series showcasing Southern California’s hidden gems and hidden truths: compelling unheard stories of community and identity, struggle and delight.
 
April 29, 2017 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m.
Whittier College Dance Team Showcase - "Dancing Into Your DMs"

This 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!
 
Aloha Series

May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Cazimero!

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!

Just added - special guest Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne and the Gentlemen of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Free patio performance featuring The Lee Sisters at 12:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.



 

 

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