Chapman University celebrates the opening of its new world-class Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts by welcoming the public to a free, day-long Community Open House & Arts Festival on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A cavalcade of performances by dozens of local artists – including Pacific Symphony and Chapman student ensembles – will take place throughout the day on five stages, both inside and outside the Center, along with family activities, tours and demonstrations, a rally of some of Orange County’s best food trucks, and more. Three internationally acclaimed fusion/world music groups – Troker, Delhi 2 Dublin, and the Stooges Brass Band, will also be showcased.
Earlier this year, the call went out from Musco Center for local performing artists to submit applications to perform on the outdoor stages at the Community Open House & Arts Festival. The Center received more than 80 submissions from musicians, ensembles, singers, dancers and other talented artists from across Southern California, and selected 30 participants.
Much of the outdoor portion of the day’s events will take place on the expansive Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza, the green lawn in front of Musco Center. The Aitkens are serving as chairs of the Community Open House & Arts Festival. “The arts are an integral part of our lives and our success,” said Bette and Wylie Aitken in a joint statement, “and we believe very passionately that everyone should have the opportunity to access and experience the magical world of the performing arts. Musco Center opens up a whole new world of possibilities for arts appreciation and enjoyment here at Chapman and in our community.”
“With this open house and arts festival, we hope to establish Musco Center’s foundational commitment to being an instrument for the growth of our students, and for the benefit of our community, both in Orange and beyond,” said Daniele Struppa, chancellor and president-designate of Chapman University. “It will be a day of engaging and diverse entertainment – from pop and world music to jazz, classical, dance and more – introducing the Center to a wide audience, who, we hope, will return often to Musco Center to enjoy more.”
“The day starts at 11 a.m. with performing artists from the local community and Chapman University student performers inside the Center’s Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall and on three outdoor stages: the Milan Panić Amphitheatre and Plaza (Family Stage) with children’s performers and family-oriented acts; the Community Stage, showcasing local music and dance acts; and the Wells Fargo Stage, focusing on Orange County choirs and vocal groups. These performances will be continuous until 3:20 p.m.
Then, at 3:30 p.m., the action shifts to a fourth outdoor stage – the World Stage – with Troker, a powerhouse instrumental funkadelic/mariachi/rock ensemble from Guadalajara, Mexico. When Troker is finished, the action goes inside for the largest-ever collaboration of Chapman University College of Performing Arts ensembles at 4:30 p.m., featuring the music of American composers Charles Ives and George Gershwin. Then it’s outdoors again at 6 p.m. for Delhi 2 Dublin, mashing up Indian bhangra drumming with Celtic fiddling, reggae and hip-hop.
The audience moves indoors again at 7:30 p.m. for Pacific Symphony, under the baton of Carl St.Clair, performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and – with Chapman faculty pianist Grace Fong – Grieg’s Piano Concerto. And at 9 p.m., the day comes to a rousing party of a conclusion outside on the World Stage with the Stooges Brass Band, direct from New Orleans and featuring a wildly audience-interactive party mix of traditional Dixieland jazz, funk and R&B. All of it signals the diverse range of arts and entertainment promised to the community by Musco Center.
The Community Open House & Arts Festival is suitable for all ages, and family groups are welcome. Free parking will be available in the following Chapman parking structures: Barrera, Lastinger, West Campus and the Cypress parking lot. Shuttle service will be provided all day from the parking lots to the main campus entrance. Admission is free, and tickets are not required (except for Pacific Symphony’s 7:30 p.m. concert, which is currently sold out; however, a stand-by line for any unused tickets will form at 6:30 p.m.)
The Musco Center for the Arts Community Open House & Arts Festival is generously supported by lead sponsor Edison International and supporting sponsor ABACUS.
For more information, visit www.MuscoCenter.org, or call 1-844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).
This article was a courtesy release.