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Centered on the Arts

Release Date: 06/29/2020

Season 2 Trailer show art Season 2 Trailer

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Hi everyone! Get ready for Season 2 as we continue to have deep conversations with various performing arts professionals and ask the question, "Why are the arts important?"   Music Composer: Jeremy Zerbe

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Graduating Seniors (CFA Student Workers) show art Graduating Seniors (CFA Student Workers)

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It’s the last episode of the season, and we have a treat! R.J. Morgan sits down with the graduating seniors of the CFA staff, Carmen Edano, Mary Buffaloe, Sam Petersen, Indy Wilson, David Bird, Sydney Swearengin, Nina Duchild, and Karli Mueller, to discuss their Pepperdine working careers as well as their future plans. Our patrons will have seen these students working back-of-house, front-of-house, on stage, or in the museum, and together we can enjoy the lively anecdotes of these remarkable students.  Behind-the-scenes stories, as well as backstage gossip, make this a must-listen-to...

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Jeremy Zerbe - Music Composer show art Jeremy Zerbe - Music Composer

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R.J. chats with Jeremy Zerbe, a current Pepperdine senior who is double majoring in Advertising and Music Composition while also serving as the Music Director of the Pepperdine Pickups men's a capella group and Music Producer for the Centered on the Arts podcast. He was the featured student composer for the Up Against the Screen silent film festival in Spring 2020 with the Pickford Ensemble, and recently, he composed for the theater department’s performance of As You Like It and premiered his String Quartet no. 1 with the Escalera Quartet in 2020. The pair banter about the ending of...

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Keith Colclough (Opera) show art Keith Colclough (Opera)

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On today’s episode, R.J. is joined by Keith Colclough, the Assistant Professor of Voice and the Director of Opera. Colclough received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine, and then went on to win the Fulbright fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, and later on he was also instructed by the Tanglewood Music Center and the Music Academy of the West, amongst others. His performance credits include but are not limited to solo performances at the LA Philharmonic and Opera Santa Barbara, and later his directing credits would include Pepperdine Opera classics such as Gianni Schicchi, Dido and...

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Randall Goosby (Violinist) show art Randall Goosby (Violinist)

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RJ Morgan and music student Jeremy Zerbe sit down with Randall Goosby, a talented violinist who began playing at age seven, going on to perform in orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo Orchestra, the Rochester Orchestra, and the Orlando philharmonics, among others. He’s won a myriad of awards, including but not limited to the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award, and Bagby Foundation grant. Currently, he is attending the Juilliard school of music, studying under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and he is playing a Giuseppe...

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Sonia de los Santos (Family Music, ARTSReach) show art Sonia de los Santos (Family Music, ARTSReach)

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Dani chats with Sonia de los Santos, a family entertainer who has toured around the world, singing in English and Spanish to share and celebrate her culture. She began her career with Dan Zanes and friends, and has since gone on to be nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2019 and be named one of Billboards “the Latin Children’s music artists you should know”. In addition to her accolades, she has been featured on NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live, and WXPN’s Kids Corner, among others. Topics range from how Sonia began her career as a musician, her move to New York, and her...

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Hollace Starr (Voice, Dialects, Director) show art Hollace Starr (Voice, Dialects, Director)

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R.J. Morgan welcomes Hollace Starr and student actor Leyla Dillig, to share their experiences with the upcoming Pepperdine show, As You Like It, and why they believe the arts are important. Hollace Starr (voice and dialects) is an associate professor of theatre at Pepperdine University, where she teaches, coaches voice and dialects, and directs. Recently, Hollace directed the West Coast Premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes In London at Rogue Machine Theatre, and she wrote and voiced the original prologue, which will be published in the upcoming “Emergency” issue of Imagined Theatres,...

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Jazzy Ash (Jazz and Folk Music, ARTSReach) show art Jazzy Ash (Jazz and Folk Music, ARTSReach)

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Paul Vacchiano welcomes Jazzy Ash, who with her band The Leaping Lizards, is a family entertainment sensation having released multiple albums and energetic stage shows that celebrate jazz and African American folk music. As a lifelong performer, Jazzy Ash seeks to share her passion for childhood development through the arts, designing her stage show to bring together families of all generations and backgrounds. Aside from the visual arts, she has also released an audiobook: Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons, which has allowed for her to delve into children’s literature and...

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Melanie Weir (Theatre Presenter, California Presenters President) show art Melanie Weir (Theatre Presenter, California Presenters President)

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Rebecca Carson chats with Melanie Weir, her longtime friend and colleague who works as the Education and Community Engagement Manager for the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa while also serving as the President of the Board for California Presenters. Melanie relates her passion for exposing youth to the arts as a mode of social betterment, emphasizing throughout her conversation with Rebecca the value of the arts for all of society. In trying times such as these, Melanie uses her role to bring hope and joy to communities, and her wit is sure to bring a smile to your face as you...

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Cathy Thomas-Grant (Scotland, Actor, & Professor) show art Cathy Thomas-Grant (Scotland, Actor, & Professor)

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Paul Vacchiano catches up with Cathy Thomas-Grant, a beloved theatre professor at Pepperdine who is currently the Director of the summer Edinburgh trip. After earning her Bachelor's degree at California State University Northridge in 1984 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from The American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco in 1992, she went on to lead an impressive career in the theatre, with acting credits including but not limited to Steel Magnolias, Macbeth, and Tartuffe, and directing credits attributed to Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Death of...

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The Center for the Arts staff members interview each other, getting a little more information on what their role is, what they do for the Center for the Arts, and why the arts are important.

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