Golden Dreams

» INTERPLAY 2017: Golden Dreams

Chapman University and Pacific Symphony join forces again to present the annual INTERPLAY festival of music, culture and ideas. With many events free and open to the public, this boundary-breaking partnership engages the Chapman community and Symphony musicians and staff in a wide array of collaborative events, including performances, lectures, art exhibitions, and student projects. This year we cele rate California's rich, diverse human landscape and its role as a unique cultural crossroads, a meeting point for our state's indigenous people and immigrants from across the nation and around the world.  "Golden Dreams" will honor and explore the history, heritage, and ideas of those who were here, those who came here - and how their interactions changed the world.

Please visit the special exhibits around campus: "Golden Dreams" in Leatherby Libraries features archival materials that marketed California's unique landscape and culture. "Moving Forward, Looking Back" in Argyros Forum explores Spanish heritage along the Old Spanish Trail. "Golden Dreams: The Immigrant Vision of California" in the Hilbert Museum of American Art features visions of California painted by immigrants.

For information on festival events, click on the calendar below.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

+ - FEBRUARY 2017

FEBRUARY 10
11:30 am
Salmon Recital Hall
Free and open to the public 

Pacific Symphony and Chapman present a retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" as an immigration story.

+ - MARCH 2017

MARCH 10: CABARET!

10:30 am
Salmon Recital Hall
Free and open to the public 

German /American cabaret music featuring Rebecca Sherburne and Louise Thomas

David Prather, actor

MARCH 14: SIDE BY SIDE 

Chapman Wind Symphony "side by side" with Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony Musicians 

MARCH 29: THE DREAM OF AMERICA

5:00 reception
6:00 panel discussion

“The Dream of America” brings together an extraordinary group of southern California citizens to discuss their personal journeys of assimilation, achievement, and contribution. Each has won the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. Chapman University President Daniele Struppa will moderate the conversation.

 Prior to the discussion we encourage attendees to view the exhibit in Argyros Forum. Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail explores Spanish heritage in the United States Southwest via the Old Spanish Trail, a route that linked the colonial outposts of New Mexico and California.

+ - APRIL 2017

April 1: Golden Dreams at the Hilbert Museum 

7:00 reception

7:30 program
Hilbert Museum of American Art 

“Golden Dreams” will offer a lively mix of music and conversation. A wine and cheese reception will be followed by a short (c. 1 hour) program performed by a Pacific Symphony chamber ensemble featuring an original composition by Chapman student Sam Ek as well as other repertoire appropriate to the art on display. 

APRIL 6: Chapman Wind Symphony Golden Dreams concert

Musco Center for the Arts

APRIL 6-8: PACIFIC SYMPHONY

8:00 PM
Renee and Henry Segerstro Concert Hall
For more information and tickets, visit https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/Ellis_Island/13979

The New Yorker’s critic Alex Ross described John Adams’ music as “present-tense American romanticism.” In celebration of this new-music luminary’s 70th birthday, Pacific Symphony performs “The Dharma at Big Sur,” with Tracy Silverman, “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” (BBC Radio). The Grammy-nominated “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” is a stirring work that celebrates the hopes and fears of immigrants who arrive at Ellis Island in search of a utopian dream. 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT WILL BE PRECEDED BY A SPECIAL LOBBY PRESENTATION BY CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS.

APRIL 9: PACIFIC SYMPHONY SUNDAY CONNECTIONS CONCERT

1:30 PM: SPECIAL PRECONCERT PRESENTATION BY REBECCA SHERBURN, LOUISE THOMAS, AND DAVID PRATHER

3:00 PM: CONCERT FEATURING PETER BOYER'S "ELLIS ISLAND"

+ - BIOGRAPHIES OF FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS

David Prather

Actor-writer David Prather has worked extensively with musicians and dancers as host of "Summer Sounds" at the Hollywood Bowl and concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony. His play "When Harlem was in Vogue" was commissioned and presented by the Alley Theatre in Texas. Recent shows include “Star Spangled Poetry,” “The Bully Dudes” and “Under the Concord Sky.” As an educator and performer he has worked many years with the Music Center of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Mr. Prather is a graduate of Princeton University and American Conservatory Theatre.

Rebecca Sherburn


Rebecca Sherburn is the Director of Vocal Studies and an Associate Professor of Voice at Chapman University. Sherburn’s international performances include the role of Carlotta Giudicelli in “Phantom of the Opera” with the Neue Flora Theater Hamburg as well operatic repertoire with German State Theaters in Oberhausen, Gütersloh, Osnabrück and Aachen. National engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, newEar of Kansas City, Los Angeles Master Chorale, South Florida Master Chorale, William Hall Chorale and many others. She has distinguished herself as a champion of contemporary music, releasing a CD “Paul Creston Songs” published by Albany Records in 2014.  Dr. Sherburn’s work is the only comprehensive recording of Creston’s vocal opus. Her scholarly work is published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the College Music Society.  A native Californian, she received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California.

Louise Thomas

Pianist Louise Thomas has concertized extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia at such concert venues as the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Weill Hall in New York City. Louise Thomas was born in Ireland and completed undergraduate musicology studies at Trinity College, Dublin.  Dr. Thomas received her doctorate in piano performance in 1999 from USC where she studied with Prof. John Perry and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Dr. Alan Smith. Dr. Thomas joined Chapman University in 2001 as Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. In June 2014, she was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman.