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Pepperdine rolls out performance calendar for 2014-15 season

Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
4:56 pm PDT August 12, 2014

Pepperdine University’s Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts announced its list of performances and exhibitions for the 2014-15 school year, featuring big name entertainers like Dave Mason, Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack, among others. 

The list — which Rebecca Carson, managing director for the Center for the Arts, said has been 10 months in the making — features nearly 30 events, artists and groups from all artistic disciplines, a mix which Carson said she hopes to achieve every season.

“Smothers is a wonderful, intimate setting, so performers want to come here,” Carson said. “It’s never a supply problem. We have so many talented artists to choose from.”

Despite their diversity, there is one unifying factor amongst all of the performers, Carson said.

“Because we have a small, unique theater, people who are able to tell a story through performance tend to be a hit with the audience here,” Carson said. “It really does feel like they’re performing for you in your living room.”

While Carson crafted a lineup stacked with well-known acts and artists, she made sure to incorporate unorthodox or up-and-coming entertainers as well. Patrons will have the chance to check out the Internet sensation 2CELLOS — Croatian cellists who blend pop and rock with classical influences — Pilobolus — a whimsical human circus — or Versa-Style Dance Company — a group of Los Angeles street dancers, who blend their own style with traditional influences. 

“Our goal is always to present of range of high quality performers in dance, music and theater,” Carson said. “We want to appeal to all interests.”

Carson also emphasized that the events and performances are meant for the entire Malibu community to enjoy. Several family-friendly arts festivals have also been scheduled throughout the year to provide Malibuites with fun, free options for weekend enjoyment. 

More traditional entertainment options, like exhibits at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, and student performances from Pepperdine’s orchestra, chamber choir and wind and jazz ensembles are also on the menu for the 2014-15 school year. 

“Malibu folks are really are key demographic,” Carson said. “As traffic becomes more challenging getting out of Malibu and heading into LA, it’s so nice to know that you can just come down the road to Pepperdine, enjoy a great performance and be home in a few minutes.”

To purchase tickets, call (310) 506-4522 between noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, two hours prior to curtain time. Tickets 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.

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