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 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:39:29 -0800 Drupal 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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AEG and Pepperdine University Unveil Classroom and Educational Programming at STAPLES Center The AEG and Pepperdine communities gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a branded classroom at STAPLES Center. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:15:00 PDT Esteemed members of the AEG and Pepperdine University communities gathered at the STAPLES Center on October 18, 2018, to celebrate the grand opening of a branded classroom part of an innovative partnership designed to meet the demand for graduate and undergraduate level educational offerings in the sports and entertainment industries.

The first-of-its-kind classroom, located within the iconic sports and entertainment venue, will provide Pepperdine students enrolled in sports- and entertainment-focused programs the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a series of courses and events, including an AEG "best-in-class" speaker series, as they are exposed to the inner workings of one of the world's most successful arenas. The 1,310-square-foot space, which has already been used as a location for class sessions, guest lectures, and alumni events, is slated to begin hosting regular academic programming in 2019.

“Pepperdine is proud to grow its presence in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and to offer world-class educational programs in sports and entertainment management,” said Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University. “As the exclusive education partner of STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE, and the LA Kings, we look forward to providing our sports and entertainment students with a premier educational experience that will uniquely prepare them to shape the future of their industries.”

This fall the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School launched an MBA concentration in entertainment, media, and sports management, complementing the University’s popular undergraduate sport administration major and the LLM in entertainment, media, and sports law at the Pepperdine School of Law.

Whitney Williams (’07), a JD candidate at the School of Law, shared with attendees the valuable experience she gained as a global partnerships intern during her senior year at Seaver College. Since the beginning of the partnership, Pepperdine has placed 16 students at internships within AEG’s community affairs, social media, global partnerships, business intelligence, and legal teams, offering students unrivaled experience in the arenas of sports and entertainment.

“Pepperdine University is a world-class partner, and we’re proud to unveil the Pepperdine University classroom inside STAPLES Center,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG. “The classroom is a first-of-its-kind initiative for AEG. As we continue to grow our relationship, we also look forward to cultivating the next generation of sports and entertainment executives through this unique program we’ve created for students in partnership with Pepperdine.”

Lee Zeidman, president of STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, and L.A. LIVE, said, “The partnership with Pepperdine University highlights one of the many ways STAPLES Center is leading in venue innovation. We’re proud to work alongside Pepperdine to create a classroom and offer a unique learning experience to future sports and entertainment executives in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and at the city’s center of sports and entertainment.”

The classroom was designed by the Pepperdine University Department of Design and Construction and Integrated Marketing Communications in partnership with global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm HOK, constructed by Environmental Contracting Corporation, and features leading-edge technology by Toshiba. The multi-use space features seating for up to 30 students in an academic setting and has a capacity of 50 for events.

Learn more about the innovative AEG and Pepperdine partnership.

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Author Heidi Hardt to Speak on Gender and Policy in International Organizations Hardt will investigate how organizations incorporate women’s feedback to change policies. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:30:00 PDT Heidi HardtHeidi Hardt, author and assistant professor of political science at University of California, Irvine, will explore “Gender Mainstreaming in International Organizations” in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library in Malibu on Wednesday, October 24, at 11 AM.

As the first discussion in a series of lectures focusing on women in the realm of international studies, Hardt will investigate how and why organizations such as NATO are incorporating women’s feedback to change policies that can improve national security.

This event is co-sponsored by Pepperdine Libraries and the Seaver College International Studies and Languages Division.

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

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Cirque Mechanics to Perform Acrobatic Show at Smothers Theatre The show will be held at the Malibu campus on October 16. Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:15:00 PDT Cirque MechanicsCirque Mechanics will demonstrate its acrobatic antics and mechanical wonders in the circus-inspired show 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 PM.

At the center of every circus rests a 42-foot ring full of thrills, laughs, and excitement. 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels is the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics. The company dares audiences to leap into the circus ring and experience the timelessness of this evolving art form. The shows’ unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional, and its story full of the lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, like a big top, where audiences can be amazed. The action in 42FT is full of theatricality and a modern sensibility, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats, and aerialists. 

Cirque MechanicsCirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after the success of his collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco, Birdhouse Factory. Cirque Mechanics quickly established itself as a premier American circus, with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging. 

Although inspired by modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. The shows, rooted in realism, display a raw quality, rarely found in modern circus, that makes their message timeless and relevant. The stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. Prior to 42FT, the troupe has created three extraordinary productions; Birdhouse FactoryBoomtown, and Pedal PunkPedal Punk was presented at Pepperdine in January 2017.

Ticket prices range between $20 and $45, and are required for admission. To learn more about the performance, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Singer–Songwriter JD Souther to Perform at Smothers Theatre The Grammy–nominated musician will perform in Malibu on October 14, at 7 PM. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:15:00 PDT JD SoutherGrammy–nominated singer-songwriter JD Souther will bring an intimate concert experience to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Sunday, October 14, at 7 PM.

An architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, Souther is one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation.

He has written and cowritten many of the Eagles hits, including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim of Love," "New Kid in Town," "Best of My Love," Don Henley's "The Heart of The Matter," and "How Long." Linda Ronstadt has recorded 10 of his songs, including "Faithless Love," "Simple Man, Simple Dream," and "Prisoner in Disguise." Souther has also found success as a solo artist. His single "You're Only Lonely" reached the top 10 and was quickly followed by "Her Town, Too," which Souther cowrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit "I’ll Take Care of You," was also written by Souther and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 11 million records. 

Souther has recorded with jazz luminaries Stanley Clarke, Donald Byrd, Chuck Domanico, Johnny Guerin, Chris Walters, Jeff Coffin, Rod McGaha, Billy Childs, Till Brönner, and Lizz Wright. He has written with Warren Zevon, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, Arthur Hamilton, Roy Orbison, Will Jennings, and Jackson Browne. His songs have appeared on over 150 million records worldwide, including Hugh Masekela, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Najma Akhtar, George Strait, India Arie, Trisha Yearwood, Bernadette Peters, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Souther was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013. 

On his latest studio album, Tenderness (Sony Music Masterworks), Souther creates a perfect balance of understated Jazz with the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work. His classic albums John David SoutherBlack Rose, and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings). 

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

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Pepperdine to Celebrate Ninth Annual Waves Weekend The three-day weekend will include a series of social, spiritual, and athletic events. Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:15:00 PDT Waves Weekend 2018Pepperdine University Alumni Relations will host Waves Weekend 2018, welcoming back hundreds of Seaver College graduates to the beachside Malibu campus to reconnect with family, friends, and faculty, and to participate in a series of social, spiritual, and athletic events from Friday, October 12, through Sunday, October 14.

The three-day weekend’s special events will include:


  • President’s Open House
  • Madness Village
  • Blue & Orange Madness


  • Surfing lessons, ocean kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and Malibu nature hike
  • Weisman Museum exhibition: Pop! 50 Years of Art & Popular Culture from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
  • Women's volleyball vs. LMU and Women's soccer vs. BYU
  • First-Generation Student CONEction
  • Pepperdine Wind Ensemble concert and Pepperdine Improv Troupe comedy performance
  • Seaver Class Reunions: 1988, 1998, 2008, and 2013
  • Echosmith concert performance  


  • University Church Bible classes, fellowship, and worship services
  • Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner

For additional information about Waves Weekend 2018, and to register to attend, visit the Pepperdine University Alumni Affairs website.

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Folk Trio I'm With Her to Perform Concert at Pepperdine The band will be supported by folk/bluegrass duo The Brother Brothers. Mon, 08 Oct 2018 14:00:00 PDT I’m With HerI’m With Her will bring their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Thursday, October 11, at 8 PM. The band will be supported by folk/bluegrass duo The Brother Brothers. 

A band of extraordinary family-like chemistry and exquisite musicianship, I’m With Her features Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. Collectively, the multi-Grammy-Award-winners have released several solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. Initially formed at an impromptu show at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in summer 2014, the band have since released their debut album See You Around in February 2018.

Touring in support of the new album, the band have sold out shows across the US and Europe and have also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!CBS Saturday Morning and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The trio was recently nominated for Duo/Group of the year by the Americana Music Association.

With See You Around, I’m With Her reveals their commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, the songs are both emotionally raw and intricate, crafted around the group’s finespun narratives and effortless harmonies. With See You Around, I’m With Her delivers a warmly textured yet stripped-down sound that proves both fresh and timeless. 

The Brother Brothers’ sound is striking and undeniably captivating. Often leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, klezmer, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements. They tour as an acoustic duo: David on cello and guitar, and Adam on the five-string fiddle. With individual storied careers in the Americana scene under their belts, the Moss siblings are finally teaming up to bring their experiences together.

This performance is sponsored by the Pepperdine University Crest Associates. 

Ticket prices range between $10 and $45, 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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British Diplomat Michael Howells to Present Lecture on Foreign Policy in the Middle East He will examine the changing nature of diplomacy and great power politics in recent years. Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:15:00 PDT Payson Library - Pepperdine UniversityMichael Howells, British diplomat and consul general in Los Angeles, will explore “Does Foreign Policy Ever Work? Lessons from the Middle East" in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library in Malibu on Wednesday, October 10, at 4 PM.

Howells will examine the changing nature of diplomacy and great power politics in the Middle East in recent years, including the past and the future of nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

For additional information about this lecture, visit the Pepperdine Libraries.

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