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The Stage Press Release – October 17, 2007
Los Angeles Times Article – October 17, 2007
Daily Press Article – October 18, 2007
The more things change…
The Spirit Survives

A Diva Woos Donors for Her Santa Monica Showcase

A Bid to be Big Stage on Campus

Classical Music On The Pier

KMZT MP3 Sound Bites:
01 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto

02 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto 2

03 P.J. Ochlan with Maestro Kent Nagano

04 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen

05 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen 2

06 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Asst. Director Adam Philipson

07 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zeccetto

08 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 1

09 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 2

Community Projects


Arts education programming at the Madison campus is intended to go beyond the classroom, and includes lectures, master classes, K-12 enrichment programs, community performances, and professional presentations.


The Madison Performance Series began in the Fall of 1999, and has become a strong arts education component of the Madison Campus
Arts program. In the second year of the program, a formal relationship with the Santa Monica & Malibu Schools was developed. With a City of Santa Monica grant, the school district has been able to provide bus transportation to the noon time events. At each of the events, 150 to 200 K-12 school children were in attendance. At several concerts, an additional, specifically-designed 10:30am arts education children’s assembly was presented and preceded the public event at noon. For the 2005-2006 season, we hope to be able to bring more than 2,000 local public and private school students to this series of diverse, free arts education events. See this website for past and current events.


The youth Opera Camp continues their partnership program with Los Angeles Opera.Young students ages 9 to 17 will get to see first-hand what the singers, musicians, costumers, stagehands, makeup artists, and many others do to prepare for a Los Angeles Opera production. Students will also discover how to use their voice to express themselves through music – and much more – under the guidance of opera professionals. The camp is designed for students who are completely new to opera, as well as those who already have a taste for it. A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to families meeting the financial-need qualifications. Please call Adam Philipson at (310) 434-3431 to request a scholarship application or for more information.


The Madison Campus Arts program has been inspired by the efforts in our local community in support of lifelong learning. The first Madison Campus Arts event was in support of Lifelong Learning in October 1998. Held at the home of Robert Winters, UCLA professor and musicologist, the event drew an audience of Santa Monica educational, social service, cultural, and political leadership. The educational program wove threads of classical music exposition, improvisational theater provided by the Actor’s Gang, and operatic solos – and provided the template for the arts education program that has since been developed.


The Madison Performance Series includes inviting young student performers to perform along with professional groups who act as mentors and artistic role models. In the past, the Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra and the Palisades High Chamber Singers performed at the Los Angeles Master Chorale performance.


The Madison Project were executive producers of this monumental, awe-inspiring event, with renowned conductor and music director Kent Nagano illustrating the evolution of civil liberty in America through the World War II Japanese American internment camp experience in a brilliant layering of sights and sounds.  The piece featured a 76-piece children’s orchestra and children's chorus, the work illuminated the compositions of Naomi Sekiya, Jean-Pascal Beintus and David Benoit and writer Philip Kan Gotanda.  This event premiered June 2, 2004 at Royce Hall, UCLA. Madison Project co-produced this event with Artemis Productions, Ltd. and Antioch University of Southern California.


The Madison Project of Santa Monica College partnered with local school districts and the Henry Mancini Institute to bring a youth music festival to the Madison Performance Series.  Several local jazz bands from area schools performed and received master class instruction throughout the day on several Madison Campus stages.  This was a free event.


The Madison Campus Arts program completed a community mural project for the visual arts in 1999. In conjunction with the Santa Monica College Emeritus Program and the Santa Monica College Community Services Program, nationally established muralist Elizabeth Sadoff designed and painted a performance arts mural for the proposed site of the new theater. Santa Monica College Emeritus College and Community Service art students were given an opportunity to participate on a community mural project that involved various aged participants working together to create an indelible, visual statement of the arts. The Mural is the backdrop for the Madison Performance Series.

Current Class Listing for Santa Monica College Academic Courses

Current Class Listing for Santa Monica College Continuing Education Courses

Current Class Listing for Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Courses

Santa Monica College Current Events

SMC & SMMUSD Memo on Educational Program for the Madison Theater

Fall 2003 Youth Opera Camp Brochure and Application
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