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Spring Festival 2015: Cultural Synergy

May 7, 2015 - May 9, 2015


May 7-9

Three days of Music, Dance and Theatre close the season!
Don’t miss this extravagant celebration of LIVE performance and the thrill of sharing the experience in real time and space.


Thursday May 7

12:30 pm    Concert Hour: Honors Recital; Free (HBT)

4:00 pm     The Water Speaks (Courtyard)

5:00 pm     A tribute to John Valdez and the Resisting Racism Party; Free (ST)

7:00 pm     Palomar Jazz Bands (HBT)


Friday May 8

7:00 pm     Palomar Symphony Orchestra (HBT)

8:15 pm     The Water Speaks (Courtyard)

9:15 pm    Film Screening – BREAKING POINT: Time is Running Out … Free (HBT)


Saturday May 9

11:00 am     Brass/Sax Ensemble (Courtyard)

12:00 pm     Palomar Chorale (HBT) Hearing Hands

1:00 pm       Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble (Courtyard)

1:45 pm       First Flight (HBT)

2:00 pm      Concert band (HBT)

3:00 pm      The Water Speaks Courtyard Hearing Hands

4:00 pm      Electronic Ensemble (Studio)

5:00 pm      Agogo (Courtyard) Hearing Hands

6:00 pm      Palomar Symphony Orchestra (HBT)

7:00 pm      The Water Speaks (Courtyard) Hearing Hands

7:50 pm      Closing event (Agogo conga line and community jam in the circle in front of the HBT)



Concert Hour: Honors Recital
Stellar performances in varied musical styles from our most accomplished students.


The Water Speaks
A Mixed Media Theatre Installation

This interactive performance explores water as the dwindling elixir of life that binds us to nature.  Manifest in the mythologies, religions, oral traditions and literatures of most cultures, water serves as a metaphor for our deepest, inner, emotional stirrings and drives a global quest of cooperation toward the common good. Directed by Michael Mufson.


A Tribute to John Valdez and the Resisting Racism Party
Celebrate the long career and retirement of Palomar’s Chicano Studies program founder John Valdez with a screening of clips from his latest documentary and a party where our ethnically diverse population can mix it up!


Palomar Jazz Ensembles
Rivers of Song
The Day and Night Jazz Ensembles go deep into the Great American Songbook, finding synergy in fresh interpretations of classic genres from the cultural wellsprings of American music. Directed by Paul Kurokawa.


Palomar Symphony Orchestra
Water Music IV: Flow of the Wild: Humans living in Harmony with Nature.
Featuring works by Palomar composers Robert Giracello and Dr. Madelyn Byrne and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral. Directed by Ellen Weller.


BREAKING POINT: Time is Running Out!
A screening of the new, award-winning film by Palomar College TV.
The worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is quickly approaching, yet very little is being done to stop it.   A casualty of the “water wars” in the Southwest, California’s largest lake is disappearing.  The receding Salton Sea reveals a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals that is threatening the health of millions.  The Salton Sea has reached its breaking point, and time is running out!


Palomar Brass and Saxophone Ensemble
Get Blue
A grand time will be had by all as Palomar’s Brass and Saxophone Ensembles mix it up with exciting re-inventions of the classic with the new! Directed by Paul Kurokawa.


Palomar Chorale and Chamber Singers
I Dream a World
Spirituals, Irish song arrangements and madrigal-ish song settings including Wade in the Water, Sing of Spring by the Gershwins and Haydn’s Come Lovely Spring. Directed by Sally Husch Dean.


Palomar/YPO Percussion Ensemble
Primal Percussion
This unique partnership between Palomar College and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra brings an exciting, all percussion concert of challenging and unique repertoire. Don’t miss it! They will shiver your spine! Directed by Heather Barclay.


Palomar/Pacific Coast Concert Band
The Cultural Synergy Festival opens with a typhoon of fanfares, a cyclone of marches, warm Santa Ana serenades, percussion squalls, and soothing zephyrs from the west. Directed by Kenneth Bell.


Palomar Electronic Ensemble
Adventurous students surface from the Electronic Music Lab with original compositions in a variety of formats and styles. Directed by Madelyn Byrne.


Agogo, the resident Afro-Cuban Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, founded and directed by Patriceann Mead, presents an exhilarating vibrant performance of traditional music, dance and song from Cuba and Brazil.



May 7, 2015
May 9, 2015
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