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.
|Gold Circle (Premium Seats)||$40.00|
|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|
Previous 2017-2018 Season Performances:
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
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 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.
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 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.
|9/17/2013||Hungarian State Folk Ensemble|
|10/17/2013||Pamela Rose: Wild Women of Song|
|3/8/2014||Local Connections Music Concert featuring Rio Salinas and Tom Faia & The Juice|
|4/30 & 5/1/2014||Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles|
|9/18/2012||National Circus of The People's Republic of China|
|3/9/2013||Eisenhower Dance Ensemble|
|5/2 & 5/3/2013||Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles|
|9/21/2011||The Chinese Acrobats of The People's Republic of China|
|10/21/2011||The Alley Cats|
|2/29/2012||Don't Fence Me In|
|5/3 & 5/4/2012||Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles|
|11/11/2010||Paul Taylor Dance Company|
|3/3/2011||The Second City|
|4/27/2011||Josh & Rebecca Tickell|
|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|
|10/2008||Paul Taylor Dance Company|
|11/2008||Stephen Schwartz & Friends|
|12/2008||ODC Velveteen Rabbit|
|4/2009||Lula Washington Dance Theatre|
|4/2009||The Folk Collection|
|5/2009||IMBA Corazon de Mexico|
|10/2007||India Jazz Suites|
|12/2007||San Jose Taiko|
|3/2008||Ethos Percussion Group|
|-||Son De Madera|
|-||DIMI by Compagnie Tche' Tche'|
|-||Paragon Ragtime Orchestra|
|-||Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company|
|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)|
|9/30/2004||San Jose Taiko|
|10/19/2004||Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana|
|10/27/2004||Tim Miller, US|
|2/22/2005||AXIS Dance Company|
|3/4/2005||Hot Club of San Francisco, Silent Surrealism|
|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|
|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|
|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|