Archives of Main Stage Performances - Fall 2004 Season

Discovery Films

October 2004

October 1
Julia Migenes

October 2
Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble

October 8
Rossetti String Quartet

October 9
Tango Pasion

October 15
Antonio Pompa-Baldi

October 23
Carol Welsman


November 5
Chum Ta-Rai
Dance Company

November 6
Shirley Jones

November 14
Blake Shelton

November 19
A Midsummer Night's Dream

November 20
Chatham Baroque Ensemble

Dec - March 2005

December 3
Corey Cerovsek

December 17, 18 & 19
The Nutcracker
San Pedro Ballet

February 3
"The Show"

March 5
Maxim Philippov

March 11
Bruce Wood
Dance Company

March 12
The Yuval Ron Ensemble

March 18
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

March 19
Dublin's Irish Cabaret

April - May 2005

April 1
Susan Egan
Alumni Night

April 3
The Aspen Ensemble

April 22
Robert Bluestone

April 23
Musical Group

April 29
Voices Unbound

May 1
Burning River Brass

May 13
Mike Fahn
Jazz Quartet

Chamber Music




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October 2004

Friday, October 1, 2004 at 8 pm
"Diva on the Verge"

Drawing on her experiences in opera, the irrepressible soprano Julia Migenes invites us to look afresh at the genre she loves, with this irreverent one-woman show. Punctuated with some of the greatest arias in the soprano repertoire, she sketches out the life of an opera singer, with audacious anecdotes from behind the scenes. Aimed at "those who would not go and those who would not go back," Migenes' iconoclastic and earthy humor throws open the gates to the world of opera in all its splendor and preposterousness.

Marsee Auditorium
$28 / $24

Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 8 pm
Bruce "Mui" Ghent, artistic director

Founded in 1999 to explore and develop works that incorporate taiko (Japanese drumming) with other types of performance art, the ensemble takes its name is from the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in Japan. The ensemble is made up of four multi-faceted and classically trained artists who work with theatre and dance as well as with other musicians from diverse musical backgrounds.

Marsee Auditorium
$18 (Children 12 and under $12)

Friday, October 8, 2004 at 8 pm

When the members of the Rossetti String Quartet first came together, the choice of the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti as its name seemed entirely appropriate. Members of the Quartet include Timothy Fain and Henry Gronnier on violin, Thomas Diener, viola, and Eric Gaenslen, cello. "The Rossetti's tone had a sensual finish, and its phrasing practically palpitated with ardor and mystery" (Washington Post).

Marsee Auditorium

Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 8 pm
From Buenos Aires

The company of 25 singers, dancers and musicians comprises the best Tango Orchestra in the world and many of the world's greatest tango dancers, according to the prestigious Paris newspaper Le Figaro. With dazzling choreography by Hector Zaraspe, alluring costumes by Emmylou Latour, and the powerful on-stage presence of the renowned Sexteto Mayor Orchestra under the direction of José Libertella and Luis Stazo.

Marsee Auditorium
$28 / $24

Friday, October 15, 2004 at 8 pm
2001 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist

Praised as a "pianistic messiah," (Fort Worth Star Telegram), Antonio Pompa-Baldi of Italy emerged from the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with a coveted silver medal as well as the Phyllis Jones Tiley Memorial Award for the best Performance of a New Work. Mr. Pompa-Baldi is currently on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed world-wide since his 2001 award. "Pompa-Baldi's technique was smooth and clear…his tone rich, his music-making honest" (Orange County Register).

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $22

Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 8 pm

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed vocalist and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times wrote "…Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre… She balances the poetry of the words with the flow of the melody in a fashion rarely hard in jazz singing."


November 2004

Friday, November 5, 2004 at 8 pm
Kim Mal-Ae, founder/director

Founded in 1989, Chum Tarai has had over 100 performances in Korea and abroad. The nature of Korean Dance tends to be very emotional and romantic in terms of expression and movement. Thus joy and ecstasy have been called the two most significant elements in Korean Dance. You'll enjoy the colorful and dazzling dances by Kim Mal-Ae. A performance not to be missed!

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $22 (Children 12 and under $12)

ECC Alumni Night

Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 8 pm
An Intimate Evening with

Star of screen, stage and television, Shirley Jones returns to Marsee Auditorium on the heals of her run on Broadway in 42nd Street. Ms. Jones won the 1960 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry. Other memorable films include Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Music Man and many more. Her many TV appearances have included That 70's Show, The Drew Carey Show, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and of course The Partridge Family.

Marsee Auditorium
$28 / $24

ECC Alumni Night

Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 7 pm

Already a breakout success, Blake Shelton is waking up country music fans to a fresh new artist with his own voice and concept of delivering this music genre in its true form. The craftily plotted phone-tag drama of his hit single Austin isn't the only number that leaps from the self-titled album's grooves and commands listeners' attention. All Over Me, co-written by Blake and his "all-time musical hero," Earl Thomas Conley, combines a deliciously deviant double-entendre with Shelton's ability to nail a difficult and electric falsetto scaling into a masterful performance.

Marsee Auditorium
$28 / $22

Friday, November 19, 2004 at 8 pm
ANoise Within
presents William Shakespeare's
Directed by Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriquez Elliott

In a world where - "no night is now with hymn or carol blest" - passionate lovers, ham-handed actors, and discordant spirits of the fairy world cross paths in a moon-drenched wood and discover the transformative power of love. Following A Noise Within's celebrated collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Shakespeare's provocative comedy of power and passion comes to El Camino College.

Marsee Auditorium
$24 / $18

Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 8 pm

Chatham Baroque's lively interpretations, stylistic innovation, and dazzling technique transport audiences from the elegant French court of Louis XIV to the taverns of England, from the Scottish highlands to the exquisite palaces of Peru. Honored by National Public Radio as Best New Classical Artist of 1999, Chatham Baroque is Ensemble-in-Residence at Chatham College and tours internationally and throughout the United States.

Marsee Auditorium

December — March 2005

Friday, December 3, 2004 at 8 pm

Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek's graceful mastery of the violin, thoughtful interpretations, and dramatic stage presence have earned him a loyal international following over the last 15 years. Corey has been featured twice on the Tonight Show and the David Frost Show in England. His CD, Corey Cerovsek Plays Wieniawski on the Delos label has received critical acclaim.

Marsee Auditorium

Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 2pm & 8pm
San Pedro Ballet

At a Christmas party, Clara is given a nutcracker which comes to life to lead an army of toy soldiers in battle against invading mice. Victorious, it then turns into a Prince who leads her into the Kingdom of Sweets. Based on one of the most famous of the Tales by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is a classic that comes alive to Tchaikovsky's magical score.

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $23 (Children 12 and under $12)

Thursday, February 3, 2005 at 8 pm

ABBA "The Show" is a new dancing and singing sensation from the producers of the international smash hit Spirit of the Dance featuring a company of singers and dancers in an all-music-and-dance salute to the legendary band ABBA. Mama Mia, Dancing Queen, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Waterloo, Voulez-Vous…and all the hits that continue to make us smile both through their recordings and now through the Broadway tribute to ABBA… MAMMA MIA.

Marsee Auditorium
$28 / $24

Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 8 pm
2001 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist

With performances distinguished by deft musicianship and a natural elegance, Moscow-born Maxim Philippov was named silver medalist at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001. "An almost note-perfect pianist with a caressing tone and a powerful technical command of his instrument. Philippov obviously loves this music…and sculpts it at the keyboard much as Rachmaninoff himself did…with deadpan accuracy, sweep and cumulative nobility" (The Washington Post).

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $22

Friday, March 11, 2005 at 8 pm

In a return appearance, the popular Bruce Wood Dance Company dazzles with imagination and ingenuity. The Texas-based company is now in its ninth year under Wood's direction and reflects his work under the tutelage of the legendary George Balanchine. The company has more than 45 original ballets in its repertoire all choreographed by Wood.

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $22 (Children 12 and under $12)

Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 8 pm
Mystical Music of the Middle East

This ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the Christian Armenian Church into an unusual musical celebration. Composer and world-music record producer Yuval Ron imparts the ancient and deep inter-cultural connection among these three traditions and the musical influences they share. The concert will feature songs of Sufi origin from Turkey; Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israil; and Armenian chants.

Campus Theatre

ECC Alumni Night

Friday, March 18, 2005 at 8 pm
Book by Lawrence Kasha & David Landay
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Gene de Paul
New Songs by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn

Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. With songs such as Glad That You Were Born, Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Goin' Courting, and Wonderful, Wonderful Day, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is rousing, charming, and witty. Fun for the entire family!

Marsee Auditorium
$32 / $28 (Children 12 and under $12)

Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 8 pm

Noel V. Ginnity and Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret have taken the cream of the talent form the best cabaret to create this all-star presentation, capturing the spirit of Ireland in comedy, music, and song and dance. Joining Noel are Catherine Coates, Paul Hennessy, Seamus Brett and the Dublin Irish Dancers.

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $24 (Children 12 and under $12)

April— May 2005
ECC Alumni Night

Friday, April 1, 2005 at 8 pm

A Southern California native, Susan Egan has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theatre, film, television, and music. Her most recent role was the title role on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and prior to that she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Her most notable role was that of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast which garnered both a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. An intimate evening with one of Broadway's best!

Marsee Auditorium
$26 / $22

Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 7 pm

From the famed Aspen Music Festival come five acclaimed musicians united in their love for chamber music and their desire to bring unique, exciting programs to audiences around the world. The Ensemble includes Rita Sloan, piano, Nadine Asin, flute, David Perry, violin, Victoria Chiang, viola, and Michael Mermagen, cello. Program will include works by Dvorák, Martinu, Beethoven and Mozart.

Marsee Auditorium
$24 / $20

Friday, April 22, 2005 at 8 pm

Committed to engaging his audiences, classical guitarist Robert Bluestone has earned an international reputation for his technical mastery that is matched only by his ability to communicate the meaning of the music to his audience. It has been said that Robert Bluestone is in a select group of musicians who are re-invigorating the classical tradition. His programs are celebrations of the splendid diversity of the repertoire of the classical guitar, often including music from four continents and four centuries.

Marsee Auditorium

Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 8 pm

Spanish means "fire" and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of Incendio's sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images. The core group, made up of Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar/guitar synthesizer), Liza Carbé (bass), Joe Shotwell (drums/percussion) and Nicole Falzone (drums/percussion) refers to their music as "Latin Guitar World Fusion" which yields to the listener a strong mix of song craft and improvisation couched in a variety of musical contexts.

Campus Theatre

Friday, April 29, 2005 at 8 pm

Zephyr: Voices Unbound is an artists' collaborative that specializes in unconventional programming. Founded in Los Angeles in 1992, Zephyr boasts a roster of composers; folk, oratorio and jazz singers; movie soundtrack singers; music professors and conductors, all involved in one task: to bring the world of choral music to new audiences.

Marsee Auditorium
$24 / $20

Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 7 pm

Quickly becoming one of the most respected brass ensembles in the United States, Burning River Brass has been dazzling audiences since 1996 with "power and virtuosity," "harmonious blend," and "consistently stirring performances." Their latest CD entitled Romanza España features music from Bizet's Carmen and DeFalla's Three-Cornered Hat.

Marsee Auditorium
$24 / $20

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 8 pm

Hailed as "one of the few genuine virtuoso performers on the valve trombone" (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), Mike will be joined by Mary Ann McSweeney on acoustic bass and will be rounded out with drums and guitar (TBA). Both have performed with some of the greatest jazz bands including those of Louis Bellson, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and Freddie Hubbard, to name a few.

Campus Theatre

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