ECC Center for the Arts to Present Exciting October Performances
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ECC Center for the Arts to Present Exciting October Performances

The El Camino College Center for the Arts has an exciting lineup of events planned for October in celebration of its 50th season. 

Author and speechwriter Dr. Craig Smith will present “Communication Skills in the Political World” at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Marsee Auditorium. 

Dr. Smith is the author of 19 books and over 60 scholarly articles, many of them on First Amendment issues. He was named the National Speakers' Association Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1998 and has served as a consultant to CBS News for convention, election night, and inaugural coverage. Smith received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree from the City University of New York, and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. He also served as a speechwriter for presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. He is the Director Emeritus of the Center for First Amendment Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught for 27 years. 

During this lecture, Dr. Smith will share how he learned specific skill sets that allowed him to succeed in a political world, find success at CBS news and become a presidential speechwriter. 

A performance by the Pennington Dance Group (PDG) follows, scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Marsee Auditorium. 

Pennington Dance Group is committed to artistic excellence in creating, performing, and preserving the work of founding director John Pennington, and of other contemporary and past dance artists. Collaborating with visual and performing artists of note, PDG creates and performs works that contain social, emotional, political, abstract, and scientific themes that appeal to a wide audience. 

The group aspires to cultivate an understanding and love of dance through education in the schools and in the community, through national and international performances, and other innovative programming. 

Next up, the Southern California Brass Consortium will present “Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Celebration!” at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in Marsee Auditorium. 

Directed by Hector Salazar, the performance will celebrate the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth (1918–1990). As a composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian, Bernstein is regarded as a singular figure in American cultural history. Known for his visceral and life-affirming compositions, Bernstein created music that has echoed through generations. His contributions to the orchestral, choral, opera, dance, and chamber music repertoire have been championed by performers from around the globe. This concert will pay tribute to this great icon of music. 

Founded in 2013, the Southern California Brass Consortium grew out of the desire to form a large, professional brass ensemble that performs challenging, yet accessible music. The 26-member group performs a wide range of compositions and styles, and presents exhilarating works that also include organ, piano, and harp. 

Tickets for all Center for the Arts performances may be purchased online at using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

September 21, 2018