Published Dec. 2013
By Bill McKay, The Entertainer
For those of us in performing arts, this is one of the busiest times of the year. The Columbia Basin College Arts Center has much to offer this December to help you take a break from your own busy schedules.
After a successful run of Shakespeare in November, the Theatre department will hold auditions this month for the winter play Orphans. In this play, two orphaned brothers, both adults living in a Philadelphia rowhouse, kidnap an older man. There are roles for the two young-adult brothers and one older man, who was played on Broadway by Alec Baldwin.
The auditions will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the CBC Theatre.
The Music Department will entice you to the Performing Arts Building at CBC with a number of concerts. These concerts serve as both engaging entertainment and a chance for our fine arts majors and community members to showcase their work in a public venue.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre, the CBC Orchestra and Choir will be on stage. The CBC Concert and Chamber Choirs, directed by Dave Cazier, will perform a variety of choral musical styles. The CBC Orchestra, directed by John P. Owen, will follow the choirs performing selections from the Baroque and Classical periods. This concert will feature Dan Cass performing Vivaldi’s Guitar Concertos.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre, the ever-popular Jazz Night will be presented by our award-winning jazz ensembles. It’s an exciting evening of instrumental and vocal jazz. The CBC Jazz Ensemble will make its debut performance under the new direction of Dr. Bryant Smith. Our Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Cazier will thrill you with a wide variety of jazz styles.
Both concerts are free to the public.
And finally, on Dec. 20 and 21, you will want to take in the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, “A Big Band Christmas.” This concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They will be available at Ted Brown Music and at the door.
Be prepared for a spectacular evening of music by one of the few professional big bands in the Northwest. Aside from great big-band music, this year’s show will feature Janelle Williams and CBC’s own Dave Cazier. These talented vocalists from our area will be singing a variety of holiday selections accompanied by the jazz orchestra.
Dr. John Orrell, a PNNL scientist, will present a fascinating lecture entitled “Dark Matter in Cosmology and Particle Physics” on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Library on Union in Kennewick, hosted by Mid-Columbia Libraries. Dr. Orell will discuss how we know dark matter exists, how we hope to discover its nature, and why it is relevant to our understanding of the cosmos. The lecture is free to the public.
Finally, we at the CBC Arts Center wish you a wonderful holiday season. We appreciate your patronage and thank you for the support you have shown us in 2013.
Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College.
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