Pepperdine Wengler Center for the Arts Season Brochure 2022-23

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2022–2023 Season Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Blind Boys of Alabama Cirque FLIP Fabrique Classic Albums Live: Let It Be Flamenco Vivo Graham Nash Hitting New Heights: Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey featuring Damien Sneed Laila Biali Megan Hilty Pablo Sáinz-Villegas Peabo Bryson Pilobolus Pride and Prejudice Shades of Django featuring Stephane Wrembel Syncopated Ladies Taimane Tommy Emmanuel Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar and more!


DEAR PATRONS, What makes a good show? At the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, we spend a lot of time asking ourselves this question. Selecting the right artists is key—musicians, dancers, and performers with incredible talent and relentless determination to perfect their craft. It is an honor to share these artists with you as we announce our 2022–2023 season of performances and museum exhibitions. You—our loyal and enthusiastic audience—are also crucial to creating a great show. By supporting the artists you’ve loved for years and taking a chance on some new-to-you artists, you help make wonderful performances happen— and help create magical moments we’ll all talk about for years to come. Rebecca Carson and Lisa Smith Wengler at Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Keith Berson Pictured below: Audience at the performance of Rosanne Cash, March 2020 Photo credit: Ron Hall (‘79) Pictured on cover: Taimane Photo credit: Jaycob Sierra Photography

Now more than ever, we are honored to have you as part of the Center for the Arts. Whether this is your first time picking up one of our brochures or if you are a familiar face here at Pepperdine, please know that you are welcome here, and we are grateful for your presence and support. See you soon at the Center for the Arts! Sincerely, Rebecca Carson Managing Director


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CONTENTS FAN FAVORITES

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Classic Albums Live: Let It Be Graham Nash Peabo Bryson Tommy Emmanuel Blind Boys of Alabama Megan Hilty

DANCE AND SPECTACLE

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Shades of Django

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Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

Taimane Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar

RECITAL SERIES

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Delphi Trio Ying Li, piano Adam Sadberry, flute Maria Ioudenitch, violin

SINGER-SONGWRITER

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Graham Nash Peabo Bryson Laila Biali

STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN

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Pride and Prejudice Syncopated Ladies Hitting New Heights: Mandy Gonzales and Javier Muñoz

Pilobolus

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Cirque FLIP Fabrique Flamenco Vivo

FAMILY FUN

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GLOBAL SOUNDS

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Syncopated Ladies

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Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey featuring Damien Sneed Cirque FLIP Fabrique Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume

POP/ROCK/FOLK

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Classic Albums Live: Let It Be Graham Nash Peabo Bryson Taimane

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Laila Biali

SOUL/GOSPEL/JAZ Z

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Peabo Bryson Shades of Django Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey featuring Damien Sneed Blind Boys of Alabama Laila Biali Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar

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Megan Hilty

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Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art 13

Student Productions 14

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Get to Know Us 16

Tickets 17


CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: LET IT BE

Sponsored by Anne Marie and Mitch Bredefeld Released in the summer of 1970, Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the Beatles. Issued almost a month after the band’s breakup, the album spawned some of the band’s biggest hits and marked the end of an era. Classic Albums Live takes the pure listening experience of “Across the Universe,” “Let It Be,” “Get Back,” and all the hits you love back to the vibrancy of the stage, with note for note, cut for cut accuracy. classicalbumslive.com

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 8 pm $27.50–$60 | Smothers Theatre

Aquila Theatre Presents

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice, has stood the test of time. Filled with unforgettable characters, including Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Austen humorously skewers the hypocrisies and absurdities of the English class system. Aquila Theatre brings her thrilling classic to life through its innovative adaptation, which the New Yorker calls “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect.” aquilatheatre.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 8 pm $22.50–$50 | Smothers Theatre

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GRAHAM NASH

AN INTIMATE EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES Legendary artist Graham Nash, as a founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. An extraordinary GRAMMY Award–winning renaissance artist—and self-described “simple man”—Nash revisits classic hits such as “Stop Stop Stop,” “On a Carousel,” “Teach Your Children,” and “Our House” in an intimate evening that encapsulates a brilliant rock and roll voice that has secured his place in music history. grahamnash.com

Friday, October 14, 2022, 8 pm $37.50–$80 | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Ralf Louis

SYNCOPATED LADIES

Syncopated Ladies is a Los Angeles-based all-female tap dance band renowned for its “rhythmic virtuosity” (New York Times) and electrifying performances. With 100 million views on its viral videos and counting, the band has worked with pop icon Beyoncé, performed for So You Think You Can Dance, Good Morning America, and the US Open—and now brings its intricate and fierce footwork to the Smothers stage. syncopatedladies.com

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 8 pm $22.50–$50 | Smothers Theatre

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DELPHI TRIO

Described as a “spot-on ensemble [with] a beautifully blended sound,” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Delphi Trio—violinist Liana Bérubé, cellist Tanya Tomkins, and pianist Allegra Chapman—is known for its joyful, heartfelt performances. With critically acclaimed careers in diverse musical styles, the three women of Delphi are committed to presenting works by female composers alongside the classic piano trio repertoire, and combine their voices to create fresh interpretations of beloved classics. delphitrio.com

Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2 pm $28 | Raitt Recital Hall Save 20% on the Recital Series: $88 for all four performances Photo credit: Kevin Fryer

PEABO BRYSON

Two-time GRAMMY and Oscar Award–winner Peabo Bryson is one of the premier vocalists of contemporary music over the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich, almost operatic voice, Bryson has released more than 20 albums, enjoying an unprecedented level of international success and making him the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts. peabobryson2.com

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 8 pm $40–$80 | Smothers Theatre

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SHADES OF DJANGO FEATURING STEPHANE WREMBEL

Guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910–1953), the creator of what is now known as “gypsy jazz,” is regarded as one of the most influential musicians to emerge from Europe in the 20th century. Shades of Django, created by French-born guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel and featuring a world-class band, pays tribute to the many elements of Reinhardt’s legacy with a musical journey from swing to bebop, impressionism to New Orleans jazz.

Sunday, October 23, 2022, 7 pm $30–$65 | Smothers Theatre Illustration credit: Irene Ypenburg

TAIMANE

Born and raised in Hawaii of Hapa Samoan descent, ukulele virtuoso and songwriter Taimane morphs genres that stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of the island, whether delicately finger picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin. Come experience the fierceness of a rock star filtered through the intoxicating sweetness of the ukulele, and see why Taimane is quickly becoming a global cultural beacon. taimane.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 8 pm $20–$40 | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Adam Yung

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JOY TO THE WORLD:

A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL JOURNEY FEATURING DAMIEN SNEED Celebrate the season with Damien Sneed, the multitalented composer, conductor, musician, and vocalist, in his Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey. Sneed will perform on keyboards and vocals with a group of phenomenal singers and musicians as they render Sneed’s unique arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, original holiday tunes, classical favorites, folk songs, spirituals, and more.

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2 pm $27.50–$60 $27.50 for youth 17 and under | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Photography by Starlic

TOMMY EMMANUEL

Sponsored by Ellen and Doug Weitman Two-time GRAMMY-nominee Tommy Emmanuel, one of Australia’s most respected guitarists, has a repertoire that spans pop, jazz, blues, gospel, classical, flamenco, and aboriginal styles. Known as one of this planet’s greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel’s music is joyful and simply miraculous, winning him hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. tommyemmanuel.com

Friday, December 16, 2022, 8 pm $30–$65 | Smothers Theatre

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA WITH SPECIAL GUEST TBA

Five-time GRAMMY Award winners and living legends, the Blind Boys of Alabama both defined and innovated traditional jubilee gospel, turning their live shows into roof-raising musical events. The Blind Boys will join forces with a soon-to-be-announced legendary blues artist for an intimate evening of remarkable music and uplifting, stirring harmonies. blindboys.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 8 pm $40–$75 | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Jim Herrington

LAILA BIALI

Multi-award-winning Canadian singersongwriter and pianist Laila Biali “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (Washington Post), and has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents. Her shimmering arrangements and lush voice have earned her a 2019 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and two-time placement on DownBeat magazine’s Best Albums of the Year list. lailabiali.com

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 8 pm $20–$40 | Smothers Theatre

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PILOBOLUS: THE BIG FIVE-OH! TOUR

Pilobolus is turning 50! Since the early 1970s, this remarkable company has been wowing audiences with its irresistible mix of wit, vibrant energy, and stunning physical acumen. Now, to celebrate 50 amazing years, the B ​ IG FIVE-OH! ​tour brings audiences a mix of Pilobolus’ signature pieces, from vintage classics to their trendsetting, innovative work in shadow. pilobolus.org

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 8 pm $25–$55 | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

YING LI, PIANO

Renowned for her “graceful, lyrical” playing (Cleveland Classical), Chinese pianist Ying Li was the first-prize winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, as well as the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions and has performed with orchestras and festivals around the world.

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 2 pm $28 | Raitt Recital Hall Save 20% on the Recital Series: $88 for all four performances

CIRQUE FLIP FABRIQUE: MUSE

Québec-based Cirque FLIP Fabrique plays with gender roles in the eclectic Muse, a refreshing view of contemporary circus. Set to an original score and live vocals, the acrobats’ gravity-defying performance combines breathtaking artistry and athleticism to explore the definitions of powerful women, graceful men, and everything in between. flipfabrique.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 7:30 pm $25–$50 $25 for youth 17 and under | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Stephane Bourgeois

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HITTING NEW HEIGHTS: MANDY GONZALEZ AND JAVIER MUÑOZ

The Broadway stars of Hamilton and In the Heights join voices to celebrate Broadway’s hottest composers, from Stephen Schwartz to Lin-Manuel Miranda. Backed by a live band, these multitalented performers sing songs from Wicked to Hamilton in a truly tour-de-force concert event.

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 8 pm $32.50–$65 | Smothers Theatre

ADAM SADBERRY, FLUTE

Memphis Symphony Orchestra acting principal flutist Adam Sadberry is known for his radiant, lyrical playing. He’s committed to expanding the Black diaspora in the classical music world by promoting equity, representation, and music education, and commissioning music that tells stories of the Black experience. Sadberry’s work is further motivated by his desire to continue the legacy of his late grandfather L. Alex Wilson, an important journalist and unsung hero of the civil rights movement. adamsadberry.com

Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2 pm $28 | Raitt Recital Hall Save 20% on the Recital Series: $88 for all four performances Photo credit: Jamie Harmon

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TREY MCLAUGHLIN AND THE SOUNDS OF ZAMAR

Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar have transcended cultural boundaries and international borders with their fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theatre hits. Their soul-stirring arrangements, opulent harmonies, and beautiful blends have garnered them millions of loyal YouTube followers, positioning them to be one of the brightest new groups on the gospel/neo soul scene. treymclaughlin.com

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 8 pm $27.50–$60 | Smothers Theatre

FLAMENCO VIVO

One of America’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana has dedicated 40 years of dazzling performances to honoring, invigorating, and expanding the art form. Featuring emerging artists, accomplished choreographers, and dozens of new works, the company uplifts flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage. flamenco-vivo.org

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 8 pm $25–$50 | Smothers Theatre

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PABLO SÁINZ-VILLEGAS

Sponsored by the Flamminio family Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar,” worldwide sensation Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is this generation’s great guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” (New York Times), he displays a passionate, emotive, and open-hearted approach to the classic instrument. Sáinz-Villegas returns to Pepperdine after winning the coveted gold medal at the inaugural Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2006. pablosainzvillegas.com

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 8 pm $25–$55 | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Lisa Mazzuco

MARIA IOUDENITCH, VIOLIN

Described as “phenomenally musical,” (Daily Journal), violinist Maria Ioudenitch has received first prizes in the Ysaye International Music Competition, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, and the Joachim International Competition. She has performed solo engagements with both national and international orchestras, as well as at various summer festivals and academies. mariaioudenitch.com

Sunday, April 2, 2023, 2 pm $28 | Raitt Recital Hall Save 20% on the Recital Series: $88 for all four performances Photo credit: Jenny Chou

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The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents

ACOUSTIC ROOSTER’S BARNYARD BOOGIE STARRING INDIGO BLUME

Based on the Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blume books by Kwame Alexander Written by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess Music by Randy Preston Directed by Lili-Anne Brown New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander brings two of his beloved children’s books—Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blume—to the stage. Alexander teams up with his longtime musical collaborator Randy Preston to tell a story about being scared, being brave, and believing in yourself. With special guests like Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton—plus Preston appearing as Acoustic Rooster—this musical adaptation will have children (and families) dancing in their seats. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 11 am and 1 pm $10–$20 $10 for youth 17 and under | Smothers Theatre Photo credit: Jati Lindsay

MEGAN HILTY

Megan Hilty’s sweetness, sincerity, humor, and magnificent singing will charm you through an intimate cabaret evening. While she might be best known for starring as triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash, Megan Hilty has triumphed on Broadway, earning Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her performance in Noises Off, having an acclaimed run as Glinda in Wicked, and originating the role of Doralee in Broadway’s 9 to 5. Come for dazzling, delightful, and dynamic entertainment.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 8 pm $25–$55 | Smothers Theatre

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FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART 2022—2023 Exhibition Schedule

Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, and one hour prior to most performances through intermission.

TO BOUGH AND TO BEND

August 30, 2022—March 26, 2023 Trees feature prominently in the origin stories of many world religions. Ancient history recounts how their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and renewal. Today, trees still speak: deep root systems form tangled webs of communication, blunt stumps nod to deforestation, and charred limbs attest to fires started by our own hands. First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary art, spirituality, and religious traditions, To Bough and To Bend explores these ecological issues through the work of 30 artists who look to religious and historic art practices to guide us back into fellowship with these old friends and the living world we share. Left: Lucas Reiner, Station XI - Crucifixion, 2010, drypoint, aquatint, spitbite, and etching on paper, from a portfolio of 15 prints. Courtesy of Bridge Projects. Right: Patty Wickman, Circumscribe, 2017–2019, oil on linen. Courtesy of Bridge Projects.

THOUGHT PARTNERS

SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION

What role should the Weisman Museum of Art play on Pepperdine’s Christian campus? As the Weisman turns 30, this conversation series seeks diverse answers to the question of how the museum can serve the University’s mission, and how the mission can in turn be shaped by art and artists. Thought Partners will feature public discussions with scholars, artists, philanthropists, and curators who work at the intersection of art and religion, bridging these spheres of inquiry in novel ways that can inform the future of the Weisman and its place on Pepperdine’s campus.

Art by graduating seniors from the Seaver College Studio Art program is displayed in the annual senior thesis exhibition.

August 30, 2022—March 26, 2023

April 20—29, 2023

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION May 20—July 31, 2023

An exhibition of selected works will be the latest in a decades-long series of shows curated by Billie Weisman and drawn from the significant holdings of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, which also provides generous support for the Weisman Museum of Art.

Major exhibitions are held in the Gregg G. Juarez Gallery and Ron WilsonDesigner Gallery in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. Funding for exhibitions is provided by a number of donors, including the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

The museum is always free and open to the public. For up-to-date hours or more information, call 310.506.4851 or visit arts.pepperdine.edu/museum. @weismanmuseumofart

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STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division presents The Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg performances

OPERA

DANCE

H.M.S. Pinafore

Dance in Flight

The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program presents Music by Arthur Sullivan Lyrics by William Schwenck Gilbert Keith Colclough, Director With the Pepperdine University Orchestra Long-Tao Tang, Conductor H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first major international success, and it continues to delight audiences today. The sharp wit of Gilbert’s text and the charm of Sullivan’s music are undeniable, even more than a century after the work’s 1878 premiere. The action is set on the H.M.S. Pinafore, a British navy vessel manned by a hilariously polite crew. A lowly seaman and the captain’s daughter are in love. While “love levels all ranks . . . it does not level them as much as that.” In English

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:30 pm Saturday, February 25, 2023, 7:30 pm

Pepperdine Student Activities presents Dance in Flight embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. For 30 years, Dance in Flight has provided a safe environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. The company members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. United by their passion for the art of movement, they are dedicated to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry. Thursday, February 9, 2023, 8 pm Friday, February 10, 2023, 8 pm Saturday, February 11, 2023, 2 pm and 8 pm

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$10 for Pepperdine students $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff

$10 for Pepperdine students $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff

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MUSIC

Free tickets to choir and orchestra concerts are available for Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff with ID.

Parkening Master Class

Pepperdine Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert

Pickford Ensemble

Christopher Parkening, Director

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 2 pm

Ryan Board and Long-Tao Tang, Directors

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 7:30 pm

Free | Raitt Recital Hall

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7:30 pm

Free | Lindhurst Theatre

$10 | Smothers Theatre

N. Lincoln Hanks, Director

Parkening Master Class

Pepperdine Orchestra Masterworks Concert

Long-Tao Tang, Director

Christopher Parkening, Director

Long-Tao Tang, Director

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 2 pm

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7:30 pm

Free | Smothers Theatre

Free | Raitt Recital Hall

$10 | Smothers Theatre

Pepperdine Chamber Choir

Pepperdine Wind Ensemble

Ryan Board, Director

Long-Tao Tang, Director

Pepperdine Choir Masterworks Concert

Friday, October 28, 2022, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 7:30 pm

Ryan Board, Director

Free | Location to be announced

Free | Smothers Theatre

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 7 pm

Pepperdine Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

$10 | Smothers Theatre

Please visit us online for more great student productions.

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THEATRE DEPARTMENT SERIES $48 for four events

The Importance of Being Earnest

The cast of Pepperdine’s production of the musical Mamma Mia!

By Oscar Wilde Bradley Griffin, Director This classic English comedy from the late 19th century involves mistaken identity, dramatic revelations, and high anxiety hijinks in the idyllic English countryside. Playwright Oscar Wilde described his masterpiece as “a trivial comedy for serious people.” If cucumber sandwiches and misplaced handbags get your heart racing, then this is the play for you! Tuesday, September 20–Friday, September 23, 2022, 7:30 pm Saturday, September 24, 2022, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

$15 $10 for Pepperdine students $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff Lindhurst Theatre No late seating allowed. Join a talk back with the actors and director after the Wednesday, September 21 performance.

The Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical

Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Hollace Starr, Director With the Pepperdine University Orchestra Long-Tao Tang, Conductor A childless baker and his wife journey into the woods in an effort to lift their family curse. There they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. Mature themes, recommended for ages 14+. Friday, November 11–Saturday, November 12, 2022, 7:30 pm Sunday, November 13, 2022, 2 pm Thursday, November 17–Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:30 pm Saturday, November 19, 2022, 2 pm

$20 $10 for Pepperdine students $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff Smothers Theatre Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members of the Center for the Arts Guild are invited to a special backstage tour before the Thursday, November 17 performance.

Spring Lindhurst Production To Be Announced At Pepperdine, the theatre is a public incubator for stories that ask fundamental questions about what it truly means to be human, created in the image of God and living in the midst of an everchanging and challenging world. Introspection and community connection are our most precious assets right now—and you can find a play that speaks to your spirit this spring in the Lindhurst Theatre. The third show in our 2022–2023 season will be announced this fall. Tuesday, January 24–Friday, January 27, 2023, 7:30 pm Saturday, January 28, 2023, 2 pm and 7:30 pm

$15 $10 for Pepperdine students $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff Lindhurst Theatre No late seating allowed. Join a talk back with the actors and director after the Wednesday, January 25 performance.

Americana: A Murder Ballad By Morna Young Cathy Thomas-Grant, Director “Americana is a place of dreams/ And our young protagonists could embody this hope/ Though soon their fates will be in dire straits/ Imprisoned to the ethereal land of folk . . .” A nation’s youth are trapped in a murder ballad they cannot escape. A gunman lurks on every corner. He’s behind you. He’s beside you. He’s inside your mind. This is freedom. This is a war zone. This is Americana. But how do we break the ballad? Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2022, winners of multiple Fringe First awards Pepperdine Scotland makes new music from old songs in this perpetual story of fear. While neither prop guns nor the sound of guns is used in this play, this is a story about gun violence in schools. This play also contains profanity. Recommended for ages 16+. Wednesday, April 5–Friday, April 7, 2023, 7:30 pm Saturday, April 8, 2023, 2 pm

The cast of Pepperdine’s production of the opera Le Nozze di Figaro.

$15 $10 for Pepperdine students $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff Smothers Theatre Join a talk back with the actors and director after the Wednesday, April 5 performance. @pepperdinetheatre

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SUPPORT AND Members of the cast of On Broadway meet with Pepperdine students for a master class in vocal technique for musical theatre.

Become a GUILD MEMBER with an ANNUAL GIFT OF $100 or more to provide critical program support. You'll also receive: Advance notification of new performances and exclusive presales No ticket order or exchange fees Invitations to special events and receptions

A young girl and her family enjoy free arts and crafts at the Weisman Museum’s Kinsey Collection Opening Celebration. Photo credit: Maggie Orsinger

Recognition on theatre programs Season parking pass ($150 membership level and above), plus additional benefits depending on membership level

AT THE PEPPERDINE LISA SMITH WENGLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, members make the difference.

Donors support the Center for the Arts Guild at the annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon at Sherwood Country Club.

The Center for the Arts Guild and Chancellor’s Circle supply critical funding for all of our programming, including the popular ARTSReach program for schools, which provides free performances to schoolchildren, as well as master classes and workshops for Pepperdine students. Ticket prices cover only a fraction of the costs of operating the Center for the Arts—your membership helps us to continue to bring you performances and exhibitions from around the country and around the world. Members enjoy a variety of unique benefits, including parking passes, behind-the-scenes tours, and meet and greets with guest artists.

Call 310.506.4594 or visit our website at arts.pepperdine.edu/support for more information. The student cast of Pepperdine’s production of We Are Proud to Present . . . rehearse for their fall premiere.

WITH GRATITUDE TO THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS CHANCELLOR’S CIRCLE Chancellor’s Circle members help us achieve our mission of presenting an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions.

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Performance Sponsors The Office of the Chancellor of Pepperdine University Anne Marie and Mitch Bredefeld Melanie and Richard Flamminio David Huenergardt*

Lisa Smith Wengler Billie Milam Weisman

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SMOTHERS THEATRE LINDHURST THEATRE RAITT RECITAL HALL FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART

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2022–2023 SEASON SEPTEMBER 2022 8 Classic Albums Live: Let It Be 20–24 Pepperdine Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest 24 Parkening Master Class

OCTOBER 2022 4 Pride and Prejudice 14 G raham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories 15 Syncopated Ladies 16 Delphi Trio 20 P epperdine Orchestra and Wind Ensemble 22 Peabo Bryson 23 S hades of Django featuring Stephane Wrembel

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NOVEMBER 2022 11–19 P epperdine Musical Theatre: Into the Woods

DECEMBER 2022 1 P epperdine Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert 4 J oy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey featuring Damien Sneed 16 Tommy Emmanuel

JANUARY 2023 17 Blind Boys of Alabama

FEBRUARY 2023 1 Cirque FLIP Fabrique 9–11 Dance in Flight 18 Parkening Master Class 23, 25 Pepperdine Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

MARCH 2023 4 Hitting New Heights: Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz

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APRIL 2023 2 Maria Ioudenitch, violin 5–8 Pepperdine Theatre: Americana: A Murder Ballad 11 Pickford Ensemble 13 Pepperdine Orchestra Masterworks Concert 15 Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume

5 Adam Sadberry, flute

16 Pepperdine Choir Masterworks Concert

8 Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar

18 Megan Hilty

21 Flamenco Vivo 23 Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

21 Laila Biali 24–28 P epperdine Theatre: TBA

25 Taimane

25 Pilobolus

28 P epperdine Chamber Choir

29 Ying Li, piano

Times, dates, performers, venues, and prices are subject to change.

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