By Bill McKay, CBC Dean of Arts and Humanities (The Entertainer)
It’s the holiday season and our cultural offerings at the Arts Center at Columbia Basin College mostly center around music. We hope you are able to take a break from the holiday bustle to relax and hear our talented students and community partners perform for you.
As always, we also have a selection of lectures and other events to usher in the New Year.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre, the CBC Concert and Chamber Choirs, directed by Dave Cazier, will perform a variety of choral music. The CBC Orchestra, directed by D. Robert Burroughs, will follow the choirs to perform selections from the Baroque and Classical periods.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre, the popular “Jazz Nite” concert will be on stage. Hear our award-winning jazz ensembles in an exciting evening of instrumental and vocal jazz. The CBC Jazz Ensemble is directed by Randy Hubbs and FreeForm is directed by Dave Cazier. Both ensembles will thrill you with a wide variety of jazz styles. These concerts are free of charge.
On Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Manor at Canyon Lakes, the Columbia Basin Concert Band under Hubbs’ direction will host “Christmas at the Manor.” They’ll play holiday selections to help get the residents and others in the Christmas spirit. This event is also free of charge, and the residents and staff at the Manor will welcome you and enjoy meeting you.
Closer to Christmas, on Dec. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre, the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra presents “A Big Band Christmas.” This concert has become a yearly tradition for lovers of big-band music. Be prepared for a spectacular evening from one of the few professional big bands in the Northwest! This year’s show will feature Dave Cazier, JoLyn Glenn and Carissa Simpson, three talented vocalists from our area, singing a variety of holiday selections accompanied by the jazz orchestra!
Tickets to the Big Band Christmas are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They will be available after Dec. 10 at Ted Brown Music and will also be available at the door.
On Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in Richland Public Library, George Last will present a lecture titled “Mammoth Impacts of the Ice Age Floods.” During the Ice Age (Pleistocene Epoch) the Tri-Cities was repeatedly inundated by some of the world’s largest fresh-water floods. Some of these floods exceeded 10 times the flow rate of all the rivers of the world combined.
The floods forever changed the face of the Northwest from Missoula, Mont., to Astoria, Ore., and are the subject of a new Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. These floods also had profound impacts on Pleistocene mammals that lived in the path of the floods.
This presentation will provide an overview of the floods and ongoing efforts to examine their impacts on the Columbian Mammoth, which is the official Washington State fossil. This engaging evening will be hosted by the Friends of the Richland Public Library and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, two of our wonderful partners. The presentation is free to the public.
The Arts and Humanities students, faculty, staff and administration wish you a wonderful holiday season and New Year. We thank you for your continued support and hope you find yourself happy, safe and warm through the holidays.
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