News from Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences. Read how the Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences is making headlines. en-us Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:30:11 -0800 Drupal Natural Science Chair Karen Martin and Student Researchers Highlighted in Hakai Magazine Hakai Magazine, a Canadian coastal science publication, recently highlighted professor Karen Martin's decades-long study of grunions. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:45:00 PST For 20 years Karen Martin, the Frank R. Seaver Chair of Natural Science and Professor of Biology, has studied the famously elusive California grunion, a small, sardine-sized fish found along the southern coast of California and parts of northern Baja California.

Hakai Magazine, a Canadian coastal science publication, recently highlighted Professor Martin and student researchers Olivia Le Sage and Danilo Martinez and took a closer look at the silvery seaside creatures and their struggle to survive along busy shorelines.

Read the full story on the Hakai Magazine website.

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Pepperdine Fine Arts Division to Present Die Fledermaus The production will be sung in German with supertitles and English dialogue. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:15:00 PST Opera Program - Pepperdine UniversityMembers of The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program will perform Johann Strauss's beloved operetta Die Fledermaus at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Thursday, February 21, and Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 PM. The production will be sung in German with supertitles and English dialogue.

Mistaken identities, love affairs, and lighthearted revenge are all tied together with the intoxicating rhythm of the Viennese waltz. Both nostalgic and progressive, Die Fledermaus captures the charm of cosmopolitan Vienna and imagines what would happen if for just one night, people were free of the bonds of their social status. 

Keith Colclough, assistant professor of music and director of opera, will direct the all-student cast, which will feature Danielle Adair, Bethany Adamski, Noah Archibald, Rebecca Calix, Jack Gerding, Brandon Gille, Joe Hebel, Andrea Hupman, Liam Nixon, Adrian Patiño, Alexis Raymond, Angelo Silva, Nathan Thompson, Emma Ujifusa, and Kaytlin Withers.

As Colclough explains, “Die Fledermaus is the kind of show that makes you want to get up and dance. Johann Strauss II, the ‘Waltz King,’ earns his title with a parade of intoxicating waltzes and polkas. The plot sustains a joyously cynical wit which makes the action bubble forth. If we play our parts well, the audience should have a hearty laugh and leave whistling their favorite tune of the night.”

The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine University has developed a reputation as one of the nation's leading undergraduate vocal programs. It features an annual fully-staged opera, a biennial summer intensive in Heidelberg, Germany, and master classes with top industry professionals. A $1 million endowment from Flora Laney Thornton, one of Southern California's most beloved and honored arts philanthropists, ensures high-quality productions and often contributes scholarship aid for the summer opera program abroad. 

Pepperdine graduates have won scholarships to many of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs, including The Juilliard School, Yale Graduate Opera Program, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Rice University, and USC. Pepperdine graduates are now gracing the rosters of America's leading opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $20, and are required for attendance. For additional information about Die Fledermaus, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Seaver College Student Activities to Present Dance in Flight The 2019 theme will artistically express the challenges of college life, particularly in relation to transitioning into adulthood. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:00:00 PST Dance in Flight - Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University’s resident dance company Dance in Flight will perform at Smothers Theatre at the Malibu campus from Thursday to Saturday, February 7 to February 11, at 8 PM, with a special matinee performance at 2 PM on Saturday.

The 2019 theme will artistically express the challenges of college life, particularly in relation to transitioning into adulthood.

“We go through many things individually, but at the end of the day, we are all in this together. Each piece in the show is a different emotion or experience the choreographer has personally felt during college,” explained Reagan Zimmerer, Dance in Flight student director and Seaver College business administration major. “We hope the audience will be able to feel that and relate to what we have experienced during these last four years.”

Dance in Flight embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. Members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study, and are united by their passion for the art of movement, as well as their dedication to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry.

For over 20 years, Dance in Flight has provided an environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. Through choreography, casting, rehearsals, and collaboration with lighting and costume designers, students develop significant leadership skills that become useful in all aspects of adult life. Performances spotlight Pepperdine students of all majors and backgrounds, and feature a variety of dance principles that include jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, modern, theatrical, and ballroom.

Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the dance company, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Student Documentaries to Debut at ReelStories Film Festival X The event will showcase students’ documentary filmmaking techniques through the art of storytelling. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:45:00 PST Reelstories Film FestivalThe Pepperdine University Student Programming Board will host the 10th annual ReelStories Film Festival (RSFF) at Mullin Town Square on the Malibu campus on Friday, February 1, from 6 to 10 PM. The event will showcase students’ documentary filmmaking techniques through the art of storytelling.

This year’s RSFF submissions will demonstrate growth and diversity, particularly in fostering unity among the University community, Malibu residents, and professional filmmakers working in the entertainment industry.

Short films selected for screening will be produced only by Pepperdine undergraduate students. Feature films will run between three and 12 minutes long, including end credits. All films must demonstrate Pepperdine values, and contain content that can promote healthy discussions. 

This event is free to both the Pepperdine community and the general public.

For additional information about the event, visit the ReelStories Film Festival website.

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Seaver College Fine Arts Division to Present Production of Well This production contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 15 and older. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:15:00 PST Well - Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University’s Fine Arts Division will present Well at Lindhurst Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25, at 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, January 26, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.

“This play is not about my mother and me,” explains playwright Lisa Kron in this hilarious, moving story that combines the genres of solo performance and experimental theatre with the timeless story of mothers and daughters. Written by the author of the Tony-winning musical Fun HomeWell marked Kron’s Broadway debut in 2006 both as a playwright and a performer.

Bradley Griffin, Fine Arts divisional dean and professor of theatre, will direct the cast, which will feature Seaver College students Leyla Dillig, Dylan Forehand, Christine Galyean, Isabel Klein, and George Preston. Cathy Thomas-Grant, Fine Arts divisional dean and professor of theatre, will also guest star in the production.

“The true beauty of Well is the simplicity of its complexity, or maybe it’s the complexity of its simplicity. With humor and heart, Lisa Kron has created a powerful story that weaves together narratives of racial integration, health and illness, and artifice and reality,” said Griffin. “By writing herself into the story, she invites the audience to look at these topics through her eyes, and then she forces us to ask if seeing really is believing. Well is the rare play that has the capacity to inspire even as it entertains.” 

This production contains mature themes and is recommended for ages 15 and older. No late seating will be allowed. A talk back session with the actors and director will be held after the Wednesday performance.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $15, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performances, visit the Center for the Arts website.


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Musician Jeffrey Osborne to Perform Concert in Malibu This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:45:00 PST Jeffrey OsborneThe “number one hit maker of the 1980s” (Radio and Records), Jeffrey Osborne will bring his soulful sounds to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Saturday, January 12, at 8 PM. 

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as a child. His father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played as a session musician with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. At the age of 15, Jeffrey joined the O’Jays when the group’s drummer was unable to perform to their standards, and he went on to play with them for two weeks. That was all the inspiration Osborne needed to pursue a career in music.

Osborne’s career began when he was introduced to the band Love Men Ltd. at a Providence nightclub. After receiving his mother's encouragement, Osborne left for Los Angeles to play with Love Men Ltd., who later changed their name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than 10 years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as “Really Don't Need No Light,” “Don't You Get So Mad,” “Stay with Me Tonight,” “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.”

Osborne’s solo career has brought him four Grammy nominations, five gold and platinum albums, including his debut self-titled album Jeffrey OsborneStay with Me Tonight, and Only Human. He scored an international hit with “On the Wings of Love” in 1982. After his six albums released on A&M during the 1980s, he moved to Arista for Only Human(1990), then switched to a series of independent labels. His releases during the 2000s included That's for Sure (2000) and Music Is Life (2003), as well as cover albums From the Soul (2005) and A Time for Love (2013). His latest project entitled Worth It All was released Friday, May 25, 2018 on Artistry Music. This project was written and produced by Jeffrey Osborne, with the exception of one song entitled “Work It” which was co-written with his son Jeffrey Osborne Jr., who also performed on the track with him. This project, inspired by the late great George Duke, has taken Osborne back to his deep R&B roots.

Currently Osborne is actively performing and touring around the world. In 2012 Osborne founded The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic. The primary mission is to benefit non-profit organizations who support a continued push for music and arts to children and their families, as well as those who provide a safe haven for families in need. In the past six years through his Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation has donated over $750,000 to various charities in Rhode Island. 

This performance is sponsored by the Office of Andrew K. Benton, President of Pepperdine University.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $75. For additional information about this event, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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GRAMMY Museum and Pepperdine University Announce Affiliate Partnership The partnership will bring the museum’s lauded traveling exhibits, tailored academic opportunities, and full wealth of resources to Pepperdine. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:00:00 PST The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE and Pepperdine University are proud to announce that the University has been named an official University Affiliate. The partnership, established through the GRAMMY Museum's University Affiliates program, will bring the museum’s lauded traveling exhibits, tailored academic opportunities, and full wealth of resources to Pepperdine students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The partnership with the GRAMMY Museum will enhance Pepperdine’s curricular offerings by providing students with access to music historians and professionals as guest speakers, collaboratively designed academic courses and programming, and opportunities for student enrichment outside of the classroom through exhibitions and internships. These experiences will complement Pepperdine’s robust selection of programs in music performance, theatre, and dance available to students through the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts.

“Pepperdine looks forward to joining other prestigious educational institutions affiliated with the GRAMMY Museum in exploring new ways to keep music and the performing arts alive both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Andrew K. Benton, Pepperdine University president. “This new partnership adds significant value to the student experience at Pepperdine.”

The affiliate relationship builds on a tradition of creative excellence at Pepperdine, which is home to distinguished faculty and alumni mentors, including renowned classical guitarist and GRAMMY® nominee Christopher Parkening, who leads Pepperdine’s classical guitar program, and soprano Jessica Rivera (’96), Pepperdine alumna and 2007 GRAMMY® Award winner.

"Our University Affiliates Program is a great source of pride for the museum as it allows like-minded educational institutions to share valuable resources with one another," said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum executive director. "We are thrilled to welcome Pepperdine University to our network and are eager to see what grows from this exceptional partnership."

Pepperdine Libraries will lead the partnership on behalf of the University and is expected to host its first GRAMMY Museum traveling exhibit in 2019.

Kaitlyn Nader and Mark Roosa“Our new affiliation with the GRAMMY Museum presents immense opportunities for enriching the cultural programming that we provide to the community at Pepperdine,” said Mark Roosa, dean of libraries. “As the department leading the partnership, Pepperdine Libraries looks forward to hosting special exhibitions, guest speakers, and other programs that celebrate the musical and performing arts.”

The GRAMMY Museum affiliation, which was penned in August 2018, complements Pepperdine’s exclusive education partnership with AEG that offers sports and entertainment-focused education to Pepperdine students.


A plaque commemorating the partnership will be presented to Roosa by Kaitlyn Nader, director of community engagement for the GRAMMY Museum, and Stacie Takaoka, director of special projects for the GRAMMY Museum, Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 1 PM in the Payson Library Surfboard Room at Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus.

About the GRAMMY Museum

Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy™ and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

Photo L-R: Kaitlyn Nader and Mark Roosa

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Jazz Singer Nicole Henry to Perform Holiday Concert in Malibu The soul-inspired Christmas show will be held at Smothers Theatre on November 30. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:30:00 PST Nicole HenryAcclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry will bring new life to classic holiday repertoire with her soul-inspired Christmas show at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Friday, November 30, at 8 PM. 

Since her debut in 2004, Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Her repertoire includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues, and originals, while her accompaniment ranges from a simple jazz trio to a full big band. For Set for the Season, Henry will be performing with a quintet configuration.

Henry's passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 US Billboard jazz albums, and rave reviews both domestically and internationally by the New York TimesWall Street Journal, the Japan TimesEl PaisJazz TimesEssence, and more.

She has captivated audiences in over 15 countries, headlining at venues in cities including New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami. Henry has also performed in more than 30 music festivals worldwide and in some of the world’s most famous venues including Blue Note, New York City; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blues Alley; Arsht Center; Feinstein’s; Green Mill; Madrid Jazz Festival; the Regattabar; and Catalina Jazz.

Her 2004 debut CD release, The Nearness of You, won considerable attention from audiences and critics in the US and in Japan, where they named her Best New Jazz Artist of 2004. The following year, Henry's Teach Me Tonight reached #1 in Japan and was named HMV Japan's Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005. Then in 2008, The Very Thought of You substantially expanded her American audience, reaching #7 on Billboard's jazz chart.

The 2011 release of the Embraceable CD was a creative triumph for Henry as it expanded her recordings beyond those of the American Songbook jazz standards which had been her focus up until that time. Embraceable included more originals, soul and even a touch of gospel, and reached the Top 20 on jazz and smooth US jazz radio charts. Joining Henry on Embraceable was an amazing collection of jazz artists including Kirk Whalum, Gerald Clayton, John Stoddart, Julian Lage, Gil Goldstein, Larry Grenadier, and Eric Harland.

Henry demonstrates her diversity and skills as a performer and a peerless interpreter of songs on her 2013 release, So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at sold-out performances at Feinstein’s in New York City in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired renditions of some of her favorite classic hits of the ‘70s from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores, and Gladys Knight.

Growing up in a musical family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Henry immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in communications and theatre, she launched a successful acting career, appearing in commercial roles as well as a series of voice over assignments. However, she directed her strongest passion toward the development of her full-time singing career which was quickly rewarded in her present hometown when the Miami New Times named Henry “Best Solo Musician 2002.”

Performing favorites such as "O Holy Night," "The Christmas Song," and "Angels We Have Heard on High," Henry’s Set for the Season is a heartwarming holiday show that’s not only nostalgic, but inspiring.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $40, and are required for admission. For additional information about this performance, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Pepperdine Remembers Seaver College Student Alaina Housley A memorial service honoring the life of Alaina Housley will be held at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, November 28, at Firestone Fieldhouse. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:45:00 PST A memorial service honoring the life of Alaina Housley will be held at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, November 28, at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Housley, a first-year student at Seaver College, lost her life in the mass shooting that took place in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, November 8.

“We are touched deeply and indelibly by this loss to our community and Alaina’s loving family,” said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. “Those who knew her loved her; she completed our campus family and made us better. We hope now for peace and eventual resolution in this terrible event and we embrace her family with all of our strength.”

The 18-year-old Napa Valley native was an English major and started her first semester at Pepperdine in August. She was involved with Pepperdine’s choral program as well as the Pepperdine Mock Trial team.

“Alaina’s friends describe her as incredibly bright, full of life, and deeply caring of others,” shared Connie Horton, vice president for student affairs. “Although she was here for only part of one semester, we are blessed to have known her and are grateful for all that her loving spirit brought to Pepperdine.”

“Alaina was a bright light in our community, and her spirit epitomized the hope and promise of all young adults, especially Pepperdine students,” said Michael Feltner, dean of Seaver College. “We join her parents, the Housley family, her friends and classmates, and our community in mourning her loss.”

Housley is survived by her parents, Arik (’96) and Hannah (’97), and a younger brother, Alex.

The Alaina Housley Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Alaina and her brief time as a Seaver student at Pepperdine. To donate to the fund, visit

For those who wish to send condolences to the family, please send cards, notes, or letters to: Vice President for Student Affairs Office, Tyler Campus Center Suite 210, Mail Code 4472.

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Award-Winning Novelist and Playwright to Speak at Payson Library Gerty Dambury will explore “The Restless: Missing People and Missing History” on November 9. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:15:00 PST Gerty DamburyGerty Dambury, French award-winning novelist and playwright, will explore “The Restless: Missing People and Missing History” in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library in Malibu on Friday, November 9, at 3 PM.

In her novel, The Restless, Dambury explores the French massacre that took place in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, in 1967, an event which a French historian has called part of the "muted history of Guadeloupe.” The novel follows Émilienne, whose school teacher and father are both missing. During a whole night of watch, Émilienne learns about missing parts of her country's history.

Dambury is a theater director, novelist, and poet from Pointe-à-Pitre. She studied at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and has held residencies at Le Centre National du Livre and Le Centre National des Écritures du Spectacle. She won the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde in 2015 for her play Le rêve de William Alexander Brown.

For additional information about this event, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website.

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Pepperdine Theatre to Present Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical Curtains The musical will take place at Smothers Theatre on November 9 and 10 and November 15 to 17. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 08:15:00 PDT The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre and Music departments will present the musical Curtains at Smothers Theatre in Malibu on November 9 and 10 and November 15 to 17, at 7:30 PM, with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 11, at 2 PM.

Set in Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, Curtains tells the story of an actress who mysteriously dies on stage during her play’s opening night, leaving the entire cast and crew as suspects. A local detective, who happens to be a musical theatre fan, enters the scene to solve the crime. 

The play is the final musical from American musical theatre composing giants Kander and Ebb, who created such works as CabaretChicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Adjunct professor of theatre dance Kelly Todd will direct the all-student cast, which will feature Noah Archibald, CJ Babcock, Alden Bettencourt, Morris Chen, Syd DeMaria, Julian Duncan, Presley Duyck, Christine Galyean, Brandon Gille, Joe Hebel, Brit Hope, Lauren Jennerjohn, Parker Johnson, Alexander Kolm, Haley Latorre, Clayton Mattingly, Audrey McKee, Brooke Moltrum, Michael Mossucco, Katy Semple, Sydney Sweringin, Nate Thompson, and Indy Wilson. 

Curtains is a highly entertaining musical comedy and also a fast-paced murder mystery. It is a remarkable evening of theater and sure to entertain. However, more importantly, it is an homage to everything we love about working in theater written by two of our nation’s treasures. Kander and Ebb have added decades of work the American songbook, from musicals to film to popular music; Curtains was their final collaboration before Fred Ebb passed away, a collaboration that spanned 40 years of American songwriting,” Todd said. 

Ticket prices range between $10 and $20, and are required for attendance. For additional information about the performances, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Political Science Professors to Discuss New Coauthored Book The discussion will take place in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library on November 5. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:15:00 PDT Religion and Nationalism in Global PerspectiveSeaver College Social Science Division faculty, J. Christopher Soper, distinguished professor of political science, and Joel S. Fetzer, professor of political science, will discuss their new book, Religion and Nationalism in Global Perspective, in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library on Monday, November 5, at noon.

Having received both scholarly and popular attention, Religion and Nationalism in Global Perspective is the first comparative study to examine the origins and development of three distinct models: religious nationalism, secular nationalism, and civil-religious nationalism.

Using multiple methods, Soper and Fetzer have developed a new theoretical framework that can be applied across diverse countries and religious traditions to understand the emergence, development, and stability of different church-state arrangements over time. The work combines public opinion, constitutional, and content analysis of the United States, Greece, India Israel, Malaysia, and Uruguay, weaving together historical and contemporary illustrations.

For additional information about this free event, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website.

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Hollywood Insiders to Share Industry Insights at Engage Symposium The event will feature panel discussions about the film, television, and digital landscapes. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:30:00 PDT IEMC - Pepperdine UniversityThe Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, in partnership with Pepperdine Alumni Affairs, will host the half-day symposium “Engage: 21st Century Creatives and Storytelling” at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica on Friday, November 2, at 2:30 PM.

This year’s topic will focus on the burgeoning trends in the industry for creatives and business entrepreneurs. The event will feature provocative panel discussions and invaluable insider information about the film, television, and digital landscape from a diverse group of notable creatives, producers, and executives in the entertainment industry.

The University’s Engage symposia are the signature diversity and inclusion events where creative entrepreneurs have the opportunity to explore business insights from high-profile industry professionals.

For additional information about this free symposium, visit the event’s registration page on the Pepperdine website.

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Michael Blum to Share Insights on Protecting Surf Breaks and the Malibu Coastline The discussion will take place at Payson Library on November 1. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:15:00 PDT Surfing in Malibu - Pepperdine UniversityMichael Blum, executive director of nonprofit organization Sea of Clouds, will present “Sally Saves Spaces by the Seashore: Protecting Surfing Areas, Marine Cultural Heritage, and the Malibu Historic District” in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library on Thursday, November 1, at 11 AM.

The iconic Malibu surfing area, designated as the Malibu Historic District, is the first listing in the National Register of Historic Places centered on surfing history. The project recognizes Malibu's worldwide contribution to surfing's history and culture, secures specific protections, qualifies for other recognition and protection frameworks, and establishes a precedent and process for other projects.

While relevant for its focus on a specific surfing area, the Malibu Historic District is also a rationale for protecting other United States surf breaks and, more broadly, coastal locations possessing cultural and historical significance. Recognizing special coastal areas brings closer together goals of preservation and conservation. It encourages additional energy be placed into coastal conservation to promote a broader, deeper, and more inclusive interpretation of our coastal history.

Sea of Clouds is a nonprofit organization whose practice spans the fields of historic preservation and environmental conservation. With a focus on coastal places, the work of Sea of Clouds illuminates the human dimensions of natural ecosystems—connections between nature and culture—to address how communities fully express their interests and values in public trust contexts.

For additional information about this lecture, and to register to attend, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website.

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Musicians Cristina Montes Mateo and Susan Greenberg to Perform Sold-Out Concert in Malibu Part of the Recital Series, the show will take place at Raitt Recital Hall on October 28. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:00:00 PDT Cristina Montes Mateo and Susan GreenbergHarpist Cristina Montes Mateo and flutist Susan Greenberg will perform a sold-out show at Pepperdine University's Raitt Recital Hall on Sunday, October 28, at 2 PM, as part of the Recital Series. 

Their program, entitled Around the world..., includes Jean Cras’ Suite en Duo 14', Nino Rota’s Sarabande e Toccata per Arpa, Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango for Flute and Harp, Adrian Schaposhnikov’s Sonata for Flute and Harp, Manuel de Falla’s Spanish Dance N.1 from ‘La vida breve’ for Harp, Jesús Guridi’s Viejo Zortzico for Harp, and Bernard Andrés’ Narthex for Flute and Harp

As the unanimous first prize winner in the XII edition of the Torneo Internazionale di Musica (Rome, 2006) and the unanimous first prize winner in the International Harp Competition V. Bucchi (2009), Mateo is recognized as one of the leading harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has also won top international prizes at the Arpista Ludovico International Harp Competition (2005), the International Nippon Harp Contest (2007), and the Concours International de Harpe Lily Laskine in Paris (2011); as well as numerous national harp solo competitions like the Jeunesses Musicales Competition (2003) or Victor Salvi Special Prize at the Arpa Plus Contest (2001).

Mateo’s intensive career as a soloist has lead to great success around the world. She usually appears with major orchestras like the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Philharmonic Orchestra of Málaga, Francisco de Miranda Orchestra in Venezuela, Orchestra of the Theatre für Niedersachsen Hannover in Germany, and the Santiago de Chile Orchestra under the direction of B. Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, G. Prêtre, P. Boulez, or D. Barenboim. She performs at many world leading festivals like Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France, 2010), the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil, 2012), or her most recent success at the Royal Palace in Madrid (Spain, 2015), in a concert for the kings of Spain and the president of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, which was broadcast on national television.

She is currently solo harpist at the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana in the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía, an orchestra created by Lorin Maazel and conducted also by Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev and Riccardo Chailly. She has also been principal harp with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

A sought-after teacher, she is also head of Harp Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo of Valencia (Spain). She has also given master classes at renowned institutions, including Berklee College of Music (2014–2016), the Birmingham Conservatoire (2015), and the Musikhochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (2016).

Mateo also serves as adjudicator of main harp contests. She has been one of the jury members of the 12th and 17th Edition of the famous “Arpa Plus” Competition held in 2010 and 2015, as well as a permanent jury member of the harp auditions at the National Youth Orchestra of Spain since 2012.

One of her most important works is her album Obras para arpa (2012), with 11 premières by Spanish female composers. Her recently released solo album Voyage (2017) has also become a huge success with critics and audiences.

Mateo lives in Los Angeles where she shares her solo concert agenda with the recording sessions in the greatest studios in Hollywood.

Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as "brilliant," "elegant," and "supple," and has lauded her "panache" and "musical projection." During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, premiering a concerto for piccolo by Bruce Broughton and performing a concerto for flute, alto flute, and piccolo written for her by Gernot Wolfgang. Greenberg has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Presently she is the principal flutist with the Santa Monica Symphony and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, as well as at the Casals, Ojai, and Martha's Vineyard Music Festivals. 

Greenberg was the principal flutist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s tour of Japan, and has received the "Most Valuable Player" award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of California, Los Angeles. She won a scholarship to both the Academy of the West and Tanglewood. 

Greenberg is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. She has also taught at California Institute of the Arts, Occidental College, and El Camino College. She is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its 22nd season. Greenberg has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and many television shows, including The Simpsons, for 25 years. 

For additional information about this sold-out performance, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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