Join the High School Band and Choir for a Concert on May 18

Chaminade College Preparatory’s high school band and choir will perform their final performances of the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, May 18. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets may be purchased online and are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Middle School Players Present Luck of the Draw – an Improvised Musical

The Chaminade Middle School Players will be presenting Luck of the Draw – an Improvised Musical in the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics (Chatsworth campus). Come witness Luck of the Draw cast members take on the challenge of combining improv and musical theater based on strictly on audience suggestions! No two performances are alike and all story lines and songs are completely original! Roll the dice and come see Luck of the Draw!

Performance dates are:

  • Thursday, May 11 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 7:01 pm

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased online.

 

Chaminade Dance Company Presents Cirque du Saint Vitus

Chaminade College Preparatory’s Dance Company presents Cirque du Saint Vitus, at their annual dance concert. This beautiful theatrical production is a story of temptation and grace as we follow sweet Mercy into a dark and twisted circus created all within the mind of a powerful young girl. Cirque du Saint Vitus features the continued brilliant choreography from the Chaminade Dance Company’s lead choreographers Atlanta Patterson, Lindsay Hammerle, Christine Gotthardt, Amanda Williams and Gillian Ozawa.

The show will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts beginning Friday, May 5, 2017. Performance dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 6, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $23 per adult, $16 per student, and $12 per child, and may be purchased online.

Eagle Regiment, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble Perform in England

By Ken Hoffman

Over Easter break, Chaminade’s West Hills Instrumental Music Department participated in the Harrogate International Youth Festival of Music and Performing Arts, which offers young musicians a unique opportunity to meet and perform with other ensembles from around the world. Each year, in celebration of Easter week, the town of Harrogate, in North Yorkshire England, hosts bands, choirs, dance troupes and ensembles of youth performers from many different countries. This year, Chaminade’s Eagle Regiment, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble represented the United States.

Massed Band, composed of more than 350 musicians, at the Royal Hall Harrogate – photo by Paul Chilopoulos

On the first day of their trip, Chaminade students practiced their ability to “adapt and change” when they discovered that their rental percussion instruments had broken heads. Of course, that didn’t slow them down. After a brief rehearsal, the students did some sightseeing in the city of York, where they walked around the medieval city walls built in the first century.

Chaminade’s first performance featured Eagle Regiment in the Parade of Nations through the historic spa town of Harrogate. The opening concert followed in the Royal Hall Harrogate. Built in 1903, this historic venue offered a breathtaking Edwardian setting, where Chaminade’s Concert Band made its festival debut. The evening ended with the Massed Band, composed of more than 350 musicians from the UK, USA, Canada, Russia and Thailand/China all performing together.

Eagle Regiment at Fountains Abbey- photo by Suzanne Dumas

On Easter Sunday, the Eagles attended Mass at St. John Fisher, a Catholic high school in Harrogate. That afternoon, Eagle Regiment performed at Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage site, one of England’s largest and best-preserved Cistercian monastery ruins. In the evening, the Jazz Ensemble brought the house down at the annual Jazz Night, held in the famous Old Swan Hotel, from Agatha Christie lore. Space was at a premium in that venue, so the rest of the participants attended an open mic night at a nearby hotel, with Maya Angulo ’17 rocking the house with some Slam Poetry.

Jazz Ensemble at the Old Swan Hotel – photo by Paul Chilopoulos

Ripley Castle - photo by Suzanne Dumas

Concert Band at Ripley Castle – photo by Suzanne Dumas

Monday, the Concert Band gave a magnificent performance at Ripley Castle, an estate just outside of Harrogate. That evening, the Eagle musicians had their first chance to hear some of the other performers, most notably a choir from Finland and a Russian violin ensemble.

Chaminade’s Concert band saved the best for last. On the final day of the festival at Birstwith’s St. James Church, they performed Psalm 42, an English folk song arranged by Samuel Hazo, bringing the audience to tears as the final note of the trumpet solo receded and the full band joined in. Later the Eagles attended a concert in the Ripon Cathedral, which dates back to the seventh century.

Before coming home, Chaminade students had a chance to do some sightseeing in London and catch a comedy show at the Criterion Theatre at Piccadilly Circus.

Concert Band at St James Church, Birstwith – photo by Paul Chilopoulos

The Chaminade Players Present The Secret Garden

secret-gardenOn Friday, March 10, the Chaminade Players open a six-show run of The Secret Garden on the Marilyn Simons Stage at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts (West Hills).

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, and written for the stage by Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden tells the story of young Mary Lennox, who moves to a secluded British manor to live with her uncle after she loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India.  Audiences are invited to follow Mary on her enchanting search for friendship, love, and understanding.

Performances will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m
  • Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per student and $20 per adult, and may be purchased online.