Outreach Events

Soka Performing Arts Center

Community Educational Outreach Program


Trio Celeste

Chamber Music OC/Trio Celeste - Wednesdays 

Dec. 2, 2015, Feb. 3, 2016 & Mar. 23, 2016

11:00 a.m. in the Black Box Theater

Three Different Opportunities to Participate!

Chamber Music OC provides residents of Southern California with world-class chamber music performances presented by rising stars and established veterans in the classical music world.   They also strive to make the benefits of music more accessible and approachable for the entire community.

On December 2, 2015 Trio Céleste Presents: The Elements of Music.  Join Trio Céleste as they explore how the three elements of music - melody, harmony, & rhythm - work together to form a masterpiece! This interactive event will shed light on the diverse characteristics of these elements through a wide variety of musical demonstrations. Participants will be able to join the trio onstage to experience these elements up close! 

On February 3, 2016 Trio Céleste Presents: What is Chamber Music?  In an ever-changing world that seems to be more and more focused on technology and digitization, has the role of acoustic music-making become irrelevant? Join Trio Céleste as they demonstrate how one of the most human forms of artistic communication is alive and well in the art of chamber music! Discover what makes this form of music-making one of the most satisfying to experience as both a performer and as a listener. 

Here are a few of the comments made by parents and students attending the outreach event on February 3rd with Trio Celeste:

Amy C. - "Thank you for organizing such a beautiful event. It reminded that learning is often profoundly touching. Thank you."
Laurel W. - "It was another wonderful event at Soka University! We really appreciate the opportunity to come experience art with friends!"
Amber L. - "It was such a wonderful time!"
Robin K. - "My kids and I enjoyed the experience."
Harriet G. - "What an amazing gift to us."
Lisa B. - "Thanks for making this happen for our community!"

On March 23, 2016 Trio Céleste Presents: Discovering Emotion in Sound.  How does a composer express their emotions through music? How are these emotions conveyed through sound? Trio Céleste will explore some of the techniques used to achieve emotional expression, and will present a final performance based on the interpretation of the music according to the audience! Join the ensemble in this one-of-a-kind performance collaboration! 

Find out more about Trio Céleste on their website: www.trioceleste.com.

Ken Waldman

From Soka to Nome with Ken Waldman - Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016

11:00 a.m. in the Black Box Theater

Join Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet, on a journey from Soka University to Nome, Alaska, and back. A former college professor, Ken Waldman is a writer with eight books and a fiddler with nine CDs—including two for children. Combining toe-tapping Appalachian string-band music with original poetry and Alaska-set storytelling, he's delighted audiences since 1995. A visitor to over 200 schools in 34 states, his interactive school shows are full of surprises, and include lessons in music and geography as well as in writing. Students will leave with poetry bookmarks, poetry postcards, and if they bring paper and pencil, the beginning of their own poem.

Find out more about Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet on his website: www.kenwaldman.com

To participate in any of these outreach events:

Download the Outreach Information and Reservation form, fill out the reservation with your information, and return it to us.  Or simply email the following information to David Palmer - dpalmer@soka.edu:

  • Your Name and Contact Information
  • Which Performance you would like to attend
  • How Many students and adults will be attending

Seating is limited.  Reservations will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Please be sure to include both an email address and a telephone number in the event you need to be contacted on short notice (illness, accident, weather, etc.).  We will respond to your inquiry with confirmation, a campus map with directions for parking and how to get to the Black Box Theatre, and appropriate information to supplement your visit.

We look forward to having you here!