Allen Theater, Pomona College
Support your local POC cast in Qiara Alegria Hudes' Water by the Spoonful next week! Check out the Facebook Event for details.
Allen Black Box Theatre, Seaver Theatre
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012, "Water by the Spoonful" takes us on a journey that begins in suburban Philadelphia, and includes San Diego, Puerto Rico and Japan. Returning home from a hellish active tour of duty, Elliot Ortiz and his cousin Yazmin, an adjunct professor of music, try to survive in Philadelphia amidst crazy work schedules, financial stress, marital discord and Elliot’s haunting nightmares of battlefield trauma. At the same time, Elliot’s mother, Odessa, a recovering crack addict, is supervising and playing mother hen to an eclectic online support group, where an IRS bureaucrat, a community college graduate, and a computer programmer share their recovery experiences and form a tightly-knit support group. When tragedy strikes the Ortiz family, the “real” and online worlds intersect and collide, forcing Elliot and Odessa to confront their pasts, their inner demons and their sense of community.
Bridges Hall of Music
Conductor Eric Lindholm leads the Pomona College Orchestra in a program of Bernstein, Copland and Thea Musgrave. The Orchestra is one of the largest and most prestigious performing organizations on campus and has a long tradition as an important creative and cultural outlet for the members of The Claremont Colleges. The orchestra engages faculty or guest soloists each season, with recent performances featuring such works as Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, and In the Midst of Darkness, Light Persists by Pomona’s own Tom Flaherty. Through the department’s annual concerto competition, student soloists have presented pieces like Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Each season concludes with a collaboration with the Pomona College Choir, with recent examples including Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and the Verdi Requiem. On its own, the orchestra engages music from all across the repertoire, including major works by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Schubert, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and many others. Program: Copland: Billy the Kid suite Musgrave: Rainbow Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story