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Pepperdine University Announces Its 2014-2015 Performances & Exhibitions

Dave Mason
Dave Mason


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro, jazz great Al Jarreau, country/gospel musician Collin Raye, and Grammy-winning vocalist Roberta Flack are just a few of the artists set to appear at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University during its 2014-2015 season.

Among the musicians and bands coming to Pepperdine’s Malibu campus are Marc Cohn, Sara Watkins, the Dunwells, the Hot Sardines, Bettye LaVette, Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, 2CELLOS, Cyro Baptista, and SHUFFLE Concert, which allows the audience to choose what is performed.

Los Angeles’ own Versa-Style Dance Company sets the pace for a dynamic season of dance, which includes performances by popular troupe Pilobolus and the innovative Northwest Dance Project.

Guitar artistry is showcased in concerts by Jesse Cook and Leo Kottke, as well as at the 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition.

The Gregg G. Juarez Stars of Stage and Screen series includes Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty, starring actress Elaine Bromka; Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes & Tall Tales; and The Marcy and Zina Show, starring lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich.

Offerings for kids and families include Schoolhouse Rock Live!The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, Marionetas de la Esquina in Sleeping Beauty Dreams, and the Okee Dokee Brothers.

The Recital Series, featuring the talents of young classical musicians, includes performances by pianist Sean Chen, violinist Hye-Jin Kim, the Calidore String Quartet, and cellist Christine Lamprea.

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art features an exhibition of works by Chuck Close, as well as On Location in Malibu 2015: Paintings by the California Art Club, among others. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and is free of admission charge.

The Pepperdine Fine Arts Division presents Léhar’s opera The Merry Widow; theatre productions of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable; the Sondheim/Lapine musical Into the Woods; Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives; Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters; and a series of performances by Pepperdine student music ensembles throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Additionally, Pepperdine Student Activities presents its popular Dance in Flight.

“Our mission is to present an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions,” says Rebecca Carson, managing director of the Center for the Arts. “We are proud of the wide array of exceptional shows we have lined up for this season. We know audiences from throughout Southern California will enjoy seeing amazing performances in our intimate theatres.”

Tickets for all performances are available by calling (310) 506-4522 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., Monday throughFriday, and two hours prior to curtain time. Tickets to all events are also available at:

Season subscribers (those who purchase tickets to four or more shows) are entitled to a 10 percent discount on select ticket prices.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from 664 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine’s breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students, as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the “black box” Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

The Center for the Arts is located on the Pepperdine University campus at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA. Parking is available during performances next to Smothers Theatre for a fee and in the Theme Tower lot with shuttle service at no charge. All programs and artists are subject to change.


For more information about these and other Pepperdine Center for the Arts performances and exhibitions, visit:


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