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January 14, 2008

Earn College Credit While Enjoying the County’s Best Performing Arts
Cabrillo College Offers Performing Arts Appreciation (MUS 85Z)

APTOS, CA--The Cabrillo College Music Department will offer a unique class this spring, which gives students of all ages, a rare opportunity to see and discuss local performing arts. "Performing Arts Appreciation," taught by Phil Collins, is scheduled for the upcoming semester on the Cabrillo College Scotts Valley campus, Wednesday evenings from 5 - 6:30 PM. Classes start February 11 and run through June 7.

The highly attended class, which premiered in summer 2007, is a rare opportunity to attend performing arts events in Santa Cruz County, as well as critique, understand and create dialogue about the selected events.  This spring, New Music Works Ensemble’s Phil Collins, offers class sessions which will encompass lectures and presentations of four professional music performance series: the Santa Cruz County Symphony, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Santa Cruz Chamber Players and New Music Works. All four organizations will offer discount or complimentary tickets for MUS 85Z students.

"The goal is to enhance one’s appreciation of live performance through the develoPMent of critical listening skills and studies of basic aesthetic considerations," says Collins.  "The class also provides a huge benefit to the community by opening their eyes to the outstanding professional performances that are offered locally.  In turn, Santa Cruz arts organizations benefit by reaching a new audiences— Those that might not have otherwise attended their productions."

The background of each organization, their repertoire and featured performers will be discussed in advance of attending the performance. A Performance Review Guide will be provided to each student, which includes aspects of what to listen and look for while observing a performance.

"MUS 85Z is the most enjoyable ‘appreciation’ course I've ever taught," comments Collins, "It offers opportunities for students to experience live performances of the material covered in class, as well as guest lectures by the participating artists."

The class will attend the following scheduled performances:


The Americas Symphony

Saturday, March 1, 2 PM, Mello Center, Watsonville & Sunday, March 2, 2 PM, Santa Cruz Civic

Mozart, Chopin and Dvorak

Saturday, March 29, 8 PM, Santa Cruz Civic

Copland, Vaughan Williams, Ibert, Stravinsky, Borodin

Saturday, May 3, 8 PM, Santa Cruz Civic & Sunday, May 4, 2 PM, Mello Center, Watsonville


Night of the Living Composers

Saturday, March 8, 8 PM; Kuumbwa Jazz Center


The Czar’s Guitars, An Evening in Imperial Russia

Friday, March 14, 7:30 PM, UCSC Music Recital Hall

A Baroque Beatles Experience

Sunday, April 6, 7:30 PM, UCSC Music Recital Hall

Iberian Flare!

Saturday, April 26, 7:30 PM, Holy Cross Church

The Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan and Iseult with Celtic Harpist Patrick Ball

Sunday, May 11, 7:30 PM, UCSC Music Recital Hall


Sacred and Profane: Five centuries of secular and religious choral music

Saturday, February 16, 8 PM & Sunday, February 17, 3 PM

Saints, Sinners and Sassing Bach: Music for flute, saxophone & piano

Saturday, March 15, 8 PM & Sunday, March 16, 3PM

Asian Travels: Music by Anderson-Harold, Tcherepnin, Zannoni, Zhou Long, and Rebecca Clarke

Saturday, April 12, 8 PM & Sunday, April 13, 3 PM

What: Performance Appreciation with Phil Collins (class # MUS 85Z)

When: Cabrillo Spring Semester, February 11 – June 7, 2008 

Where: Cabrillo College Scotts Valley Campus, 104 Whispering Pines Dr., Scotts Valley

Registration: HawkTalk phone registration runs through February 10. Call 479-HAWK (4295) or register at

Event Tickets: Discount or complimentary tickets to above listed events for enrolled students only.

Information:  479-6100 or 479-6464

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College
is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers over 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of proficiency, skills certificates, transfer to 4-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Our mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.




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