Classical Performing Arts in Today’s Wired World: Where’s the Fit?
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Antioch University Santa Barbara presents “Classical Performing Arts in Today’s Wired World: Where’s the Fit?” on Monday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. on the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street as the next installment in the university’s Antioch in Conversation… series.
During a candid discussion of how Santa Barbara’s arts organizations are staying vital and viable in a world filled with rap music, video games, and movies-on-demand, Rodney Gustafson, founder and artistic director of State Street Ballet, and Kevin Marvin, executive director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, will discuss how imagination and true grit are essential for today’s classical performing arts organizations to stay relevant. Against all odds, these home-grown ensembles are thriving, but it takes constant vigilance.
Rodney Gustafson was a featured dancer with the American Ballet Theatre before founding State Street Ballet. Under his guidance, the company has grown into a sought-after touring troupe while continuing to enrich Santa Barbara with high-caliber performances and a ballet school. Kevin Marvin was a church organist as a youth and attended college on a piano scholarship, but after graduation he became a banker. Eventually, he found a way to marry his passion for music with his business skills by becoming an arts administrator. Fund-raiser, programmer, labor negotiator, audience developer… Kevin does all this and more at the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.
“My hat is off to these dedicated professionals,” said Barbara Greenleaf, Antioch’s Associate Vice Chancellor of External Affairs. “They bring so much joy to so many in Santa Barbara, from the youngest to the oldest, and they do so in the face of drastically changing tastes and enormous competition. I can’t wait to find out how they manage to pull it off.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower thousands of students worldwide with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), founded in 1977 as one of five nationwide locations—including Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New England (Keene, NH); and Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH)—provides both graduate degrees and bachelor’s completion programs at its thriving downtown campus. AUSB’s unique curriculum draws students from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Antioch University is a nonprofit, private, 501(c)3 organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To learn more, visit antiochsb.edu