Winter Showcase Attracts the Masses

482810_536951743011273_986345173_nBy: Nancy Harrell, Artist in Residence Director

The Artist In Residence program hosted their annual Winter Showcase at SOKA University this February. The showcase highlighted many of the 750 students that participate in the arts. The audience of over 600 was enthusiastic in receiving the performances, and helped make the evening a great success.

The student performances were classic, fun, experimental, and emotional. Performances included everything from classical ballet pieces performed using New York Ballet choreography, to the choir ending the evening with a beautiful rendition of ‘The Lord Bless you and Keep You,’ while dancers performed a sacred dance piece to the music.

Choir also brought down the house with their version of Fun’s ‘Some Nights’. Instrumental music showed off their abilities with our string ensemble and our steel drum band bringing the audience to their feet. The theater department opened the show with ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ and concluded with a stage combat scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Visual Arts and Broadcast Journalism students were well represented with a visual arts show and reception in the lobby before the performances began. Broadcast Journalism presented a wonderful piece showing the best of The Lion Report, which showed the tremendous growth our students have experienced this year with the implementation of our new Broadcast Journalism program.

The evening highlighted what a presence the visual and performing arts have on campus, and it continues to grow.

View the album from the night’s performances on Facebook. 

Carnegie Hall Concert Preview at Soka University

JSerra Fine Arts  invites you to a special preview of the repertoire to be performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall this Spring by the JSerra Choral department.

SOKA Universty

Performing Arts Center

Thursday, March 8,  7:30 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Artists in Residence Speaker Series Welcomes Woven Harmony

WOVEN HARMONY founded in 1992, by Robert and Rebecca Bluestone,  have since been working together, bringing their unique collaboration and message to audiences across the United States, including the Mayo Clinic, The Federal Reserve Bank, National Governors Association and major universities such as the University of Iowa, Notre Dame, SUNY Buffalo and Cal State Chico.

Creativity experts, Robert and Rebecca possess the rare gift of not only being consummate artists, but they can also articulate to any audience, in their own language, how creativity relates to their everyday lives and assures them success in the 21st Century. Their multi-media performance incorporates Rebecca’s tapestries installed onstage, projected visual images of their home, studio, process and the landscapes and places from which they have drawn inspiration, interwoven with Robert performing his music and conversation between the two artists.

Adding a unique and intimate aspect to the performance, Robert and Rebecca invite the audience onstage to visit with them during the intermission. Their ultimate goal is to share their passion and inspire audiences to own the Power of Creativity.

In 2006 Robert and Rebecca collaborated with Grammy Award winning composer Andrew York to create a major new work for guitar inspired by Robert and Rebecca’s lives, their art and their aesthetic. The tapestries onstage are from a body of work Rebecca created in response to Robert’s interpretation of York’s music. The WOVENHARMONY SUITE will be a highlight of the evening performance.