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Community Open House & Arts Festival

Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of OC, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and more
Apr. 2, 2016
11:00 am
Musco Center for the Arts
other Information: No tickets are required except for Pacific Symphony’s 7:30pm concert. This performance is currently sold out.
A stand-by line for any unused seats will be formed at 6:30pm.

Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of OC, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and more

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APR. 2, 2016

11:00 AM


OTHER INFORMATION: No tickets are required except for Pacific Symphony’s 7:30pm concert. This performance is currently sold out.
A stand-by line for any unused seats will be formed at 6:30pm


Join us for a free, day-long festival, open to all, celebrating the opening of Musco Center!

Enjoy a cavalcade of performances, family activities, delicious food, backstage tours, and nonstop fun—demonstrating the full capabilities of this new cultural landmark, showcasing the tremendous range of Chapman’s College of Performing Arts, and celebrating the diversity of the City of Orange and its surrounding communities.

On five stages inside and out, there will be continuous performances for all ages, by dozens of local artists—musicians, ensembles, singers, dancers, and much more.  Three internationally acclaimed fusion/world music groups – Troker, Delhi 2 Dublin, and the Stooges Brass Band, will also be showcased.

Festival Food Trucks
Located on Chapman Plaza near the University main gate, south of Aitken Arts Plaza at the top of the slope. Nosh on fare from some of OC’s best food trucks!


11:00am to 9:00pm

Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall on the Women of Chapman Stage

11:00am: Performances by Chapman student organizations and clubs

1:00pm: Showcase of ballet and contemporary dance by distinguished Orange County dance companies

2:30pm: A demonstration of Musco Center’s technical capabilities

4:30pm: This multi-media showcase features the music of American maverick Charles Ives and the ever popular George Gershwin in the largest ever CoPA collaboration. Performing are The Chapman Orchestra, Chapman Wind Symphony, Faculty Brass Quartet, Chapman String Quartet, and CoPA dancers and actors. Support for this program was furnished by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the “Music Unwound” orchestral consortium.

7:30pm: Pacific Symphony and conductor Carl St.Clair perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with concert pianist Grace Fong, from Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and conclude with Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Symphony


11:00 a.m. to 10:00pm

11:00am to 3:20 pm, Panić Amphitheater and Plaza (Family Stage)

Located just east of Musco Center on the slope

Family-oriented entertainers, including student and local arts and cultural ensembles; child performers such as The Priceless Pearls of Santa Ana; magic; dancers from the Arpana Dance Company of Irvine and Straight Up Abilities of Los Angeles; the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s mobile music program for all ages; and much more.

Noon to 3:00pm, Community Stage
Aitken Arts Plaza

Enjoy a wide variety of performances by artists and arts and cultural organizations from Chapman University and the surrounding Orange County communities, ranging from traditional Vietnamese dances by The Lac Hong Arts Group of Westminster to the Wimberley Bluegrass Band (a group of four Chapman seniors who are all siblings). Additional acts include flamenco and belly-dance, cumbia-American rhythms, classical delights and much more.

Noon to 3:20 pm, Wells Fargo Stage
Located in front of Leatherby Libraries on the Attallah Piazza

A dazzling array of choral ensembles and vocal groups from local high schools and surrounding cities, including Chance Theater of Anaheim, the Saddleback Chorale of Irvine, the Golden West Pops of Costa Mesa, and more.

3:30 pm – 10:00 pm,World Stage
Aitken Arts Plaza

3:30pm: Troker — An acclaimed jazz-funk-rock band from Guadalajara, Mexico, Troker blends the traditional brass and mariachi music of its homeland with the latest fusion and global influences to create a contemporary expression of the Mexican music scene, completely without labels. “Noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy and altogether wonderful,” raves All About Jazz.

6:00pm: Delhi 2 Dublin — Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin mashes up electronica and world music, keeping it heavy on the Bhangra, Celtic and Dub flavors. Fusing tabla, fiddle, dhol, Punjabi vocals and electric sitar with scorching electronic beats, the crew takes listeners on a wild ride through global sounds and synchronicities.  “What a great, high-energy, fun show! The energy was infectious – go see these guys!” – Audience member’s review on Ticketmaster.com

9:00pm: Stooges Brass Band – Come join the party, New Orleans-style, on the Aitken Arts Plaza to wrap up a fantastic day! One of the Crescent City’s elite brass bands, the Stooges provide a blast of true New Orleans spirit, engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional brass jazz, contemporary and urban hip-hop beats. “One of the most entertaining, audience-interactive bands on the scene!” – BestOfNewOrleans.com