Performing Arts Series

The Performing Arts Series brings professional performing artists to Monterey county to provide education and entertainment services to CSU Monterey Bay and its surrounding communities. Since opening in Fall 1999, the presenting program has hosted live concerts with artists specializing in world, contemporary and jazz music, dramatic theater, film, and dance.

In addition to concerts, World Theater performing artists also provide services to our constituents based on their needs (educational programs for children and college students, fundraising activities, workshops, informal discussions, lecture/demonstrations, etc).

The World Theater serves an important role in the performing arts industry by providing opportunities for artists to create new work. Early in 2002, the World Theater had co-commissioned three new pieces. Past presentations include: Kronos Quartet, ODC San Francisco, Lila Downs, Chitresh Das Dance Company, Ethos Percussion Group, Perla Batalla, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, among others.

Please see ticket prices below. Group Rates are also available. Please call the Box Office at (831) 582-4580 for more information.

Ticket Options Price
Gold Circle (Premium Seats) $40.00
General Admission $32.00
Senior (55+ yrs old) & Military $28.00
CSUMB Faculty/Staff & Alumni $18.00
Young-adult (13-17 yrs old) & Student (Non-CSUMB) $15.00
CSUMB Student & Children (12 and under) $10.00

2017-2018 Season

James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash

Saturday, March 17
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

$10.00 - $40.00

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash celebrates the life and music of the Man in Black with strong conviction and stunning accuracy. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits.

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The Broadway Boys

Saturday, April 14
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

$10.00 - $40.00

Imagine watching a show with unparalleled vocals and explosive energy. Imagine classic songs being completely reinvented. Imagine an evening full of showtunes presented with a contemporary flare. You’ve just envisioned the Broadway Boys.

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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Friday, May 4
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

$10.00 - $40.00

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.

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Previous 2017-2018 Season Performances:

"In My Life" - A Musical Theatre Tribute to The Beatles feat. Abbey Road

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

The music of the Beatles -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- continues to stand the test of time. "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" will give you a fresh perspective on the band's history.

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers. With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by all audiences.

2016-2017 Season

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles as part of our Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

O Sole Trio - "From Pavarotti to Pop"

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present O Sole Trio as part of our Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

Quinteto Latino

Saturday, March 11, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present Quinteto Latino as part of our Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

The Wallace Roney Quintet

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present the Wallace Roney Quintet as part of our Spring 2017 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

December People - "A Classic Rock Christmas"

Saturday, November 19, 2016
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present the December People as part of our Fall 2016 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

The Second City - "Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)*"

Sunday, October 16, 2016
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present the The Second City as part of our Fall 2016 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

Thursday, September 15, 2016
8:00pm — 10:00pm
World Theater

Join us at the World Theater as we present the The Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China as part of our Fall 2016 Performing Arts Series! For tickets, special accommodations or more information call (831) 582-4580.

2015-2016 Season

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Sold Out Show

!Que Vivan Las Mujeres!

Enriching the medium as America’s all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the group. Reyna de Los Angeles® has since gone on to record three albums, share the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and perform for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Arts Council for Monterey County

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) has built an international reputation for the earthiness, vitality, energy, and humanism of its repertory -- most of it by founder/artistic director Lula Washington.The company is composed of well-trained athletic dancers, many from the inner city in Los Angeles and trained by Lula herself. These dancers bring a charisma and interpretative power to every dance.The dances tells stories drawn from African-American history, culture and life. Nevertheless, they have a universal appeal. Lula's work has won her adoring fans all over the world and across the United States. It is the nature of this repertory that has kept her dance company successful and in demand for more than three decades.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
New England Foundation for the Arts

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca presents "Refugiados"

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Sold Out Show

This show is built around the piece Refugiados, inspired by and based on the literature and poetry of refugee children collected by the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees in Washington, D.C. and Madrid, Spain. Refugiados is a visceral cry for freedom, hope and independence, culminating in Soledad Barrio’s magisterial and emblematic Soleá carrying the audience through a profound catharsis.Noche Flamenca creates a diverse theatrical body of performance through song, music, and dance that expresses a rigorous, spell-binding aesthetic in the form of flamenco; one that exceeds the highest artistic expectations. The company strives to captivate its audiences through its live performances and to evoke in them the vivid and expansive sea of passion and emotion that is flamenco.Through its educational outreach and residency programs, the company seeks to educate and enlighten persons of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds regarding the authentic form of flamenco – a form born of ancestral cultural repression and racial expulsion.The presentation of Noche Flamenca featuring Soledad Barrio was made possible bythe New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project.

December People

December People

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

First Night Sold Out

Something Classic...Playing familiar holiday songs in the styles of the top bands of our time like SANTANA, THE WHO, BOSTON, ZZ TOP, ELP, JOURNEY, AC/DC, RUSH and ELTON JOHN just to name a few.Something New...This high powered quintet – made up of some of the finest musicians from some of the worlds biggest bands – provides a 'classic rock Christmas show' for the holidays!Yet Totally Familiar.One part tribute band –One part radio sensation –One part traditional holiday music –and all parts just plain fun!The World Theater partnered with HIPPO FM104.3 to help those in need this holiday season in a canned food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Monterey County and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. For every five cans of people or pet food brought to the theater, one got a discounted ticket to watch the show!

National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

National Circus of the People's Republic of China

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Direct from Beijing, The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Performing “Peking Dreams” was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.The tour will feature “Peking Dreams,” which features many impressive circus and acrobatic acts such as hats’ juggling, diving through rings, bicycles, feet juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, adagio of four and grand martial arts and so on. The program also includes traditional circus acts like hula hoops, balance on high chairs,aerial silk, solo trapeze and rope tricks (lasso) commonly featured under the circus tent. This production was performed for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and has been performed for more than 600 shows in front of more than 400,000 people in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

2014-2015 Season

National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
San Jose Taiko
Valley of the Heart
Paul Taylor Dance Company
December People
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Performing Arts Series Season
Date Performance
9/17/2013 Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
10/17/2013 Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song
11/9/2013 December People
3/8/2014 Local Connections Music Concert featuring Rio Salinas and Tom Faia & The Juice
4/3/2014 Stringfever
4/30 & 5/1/2014 Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

2012-2013 Season

2012-2013 Performing Arts Series Season
Date Performance
9/18/2012 National Circus of The People's Republic of China
10/18/2012 Perla Batalla
11/9/2012 December People
3/9/2013 Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
5/2 & 5/3/2013 Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

2011-2012 Season

2011-2012 Performing Arts Series Season
Date Performance
9/21/2011 The Chinese Acrobats of The People's Republic of China
10/21/2011 The Alley Cats
11/12/2011 December People
2/29/2012 Don't Fence Me In
3/8/2012 Will Durst
5/3 & 5/4/2012 Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

2010-2011 Season

2010-2011 Performing Art Series Season
Date Performance
10/21/2010 Noche Flamenca
11/11/2010 Paul Taylor Dance Company
11/13/2010 December People
12/11/2010 George Kahumoku
3/3/2011 The Second City
4/7/2011 Hiroshima
4/27/2011 Josh & Rebecca Tickell
5/4/2011 Mariachi Reyna

2009-2010 Season

Date Performance
9/2009 Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company
10/2009 Woods Tea Company
12/2009 A Christmas Carol
3/2010 Andy Gross - Mind Boggling
4/2010 Brenda Wong Aoki
5/2010 Perla Batalla

2008-2009 Season

Date Performance
10/2008 Paul Taylor Dance Company
11/2008 Stephen Schwartz & Friends
12/2008 ODC Velveteen Rabbit
3/2009 Brazil, Brazil
4/2009 Lula Washington Dance Theatre
4/2009 The Folk Collection
5/2009 IMBA Corazon de Mexico

2007-2008 Season

Date Performance
10/2007 India Jazz Suites
10/2007 Evidence Dance
12/2007 San Jose Taiko
3/2008 Ethos Percussion Group
3/2008 Kronos Quartet
4/2008 Leine Roebana
5/2008 El Vez

2006-2007 Season

Date Performance
- Son De Madera
- Imani Winds
- ...About Annie
- DIMI by Compagnie Tche' Tche'
- Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
- Universes, Slanguage
- Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
- Andes Manta

2005-2006 Season

Date Performance
9/29/2005 Perla Batalla (world premiere and co-commission)
10/26/2005 The Triangle Project: Journey of The Dandelion (world premiere and co-commission)
11/2/2005 Turtle Island String Quartet & Kenny Barron (world premiere and co-commission)
12/1/2005 Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts
2/23/2006 ODC San Francisco (co-commission On A Train Heading South)
3/9/2006 Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
4/7/2006 Paul Taylor Dance Company (co-commission)
4/26/2006 Quetzal

2004-2005 Season

Date Performance
9/30/2004 San Jose Taiko
10/19/2004 Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
10/27/2004 Tim Miller, US
2/2/2005 Imani Winds
2/22/2005 AXIS Dance Company
3/4/2005 Hot Club of San Francisco, Silent Surrealism

2003-2004 Season

Date Performance
10/1/2003 Scrap Arts Music
12/10/2003 Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano, Fiesta Navidad
2/3/2004 Compagnie Jant-Bi, FAGAALA: The Human Tragedy of Genocide - Rwanda and Tomorrow?
2/25/2004 Ray Vega with special guest Pete Escovedo
3/30/2004 Juan L. Sanchez Ensemble (special program honoring Cesar Chavez)
4/8/2004 Paul Taylor Dance Company

2002-2003 Season

Date Performance
7/11/2002 Marcos Martinez, Holy Dirt
8/28/2002 Paul Taylor Dance Company
9/15/2002 Behind The Broken Words, with Anthony Zerbe & Roscoe Lee Browne
10/24/2002 Ethos Percussion Group, with special guest CSUMB Student Choir performing Missa Luba Mass in Congolese
10/31/2002 Ronald K. Brown - Evidence
11/1 & 11/2/2002 Monterey Bay Film Festival (co-presented with the Monterey County Weekly)
2/1/2003 Kronos Quartet, Visual Music (co-commissioned by the World Theater)
3/12/2003 Turtle Island String Quartet
5/1/2003 Chitresh Das Dance Company
5/7/2003 Perla Batalla

Pre-2002 Season

Date Performance
8/2/2001 Cuatro Maestros
2/7 & 2/9/2002 ODC San Francisco, Velveteen Rabbit fundraiser
2/21/2002 Great Leap, A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens
3/7/2002 Mahalia, A Gospel Musical
4/24/2002 Lula Washington Dance Theatre
5/8/2002 Lila Downs