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London Philharmonic entrances the VPAC

London Philharmonic entrances the VPAC

  The music of classical composers Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Prokofiev flowed beautifully through the Great Hall of the Valley Performing Arts Center on Friday night as the London Philharmonic Orchestra entertained a packed house. The 100-piece orchestra performed amazing pieces that were striking, yet intimate. Dvorak’s “The Noonday Witch,” started out calm and soothing, but […]

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Chinese acrobat team light up the VPAC stage

Chinese acrobat team light up the VPAC stage

  The lights dimmed and triumphant music began as the performers from The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China joined the VPAC stage to perform Cirque Peking. The company was founded in 1951 and has since featured famous acts such as plate-spinning, juggling, contortion-ism and more. The evening was filled with an impressive […]

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Sinbad and daughter, CSUN alumna Paige Bryan, tag-team the VPAC

Sinbad and daughter, CSUN alumna Paige Bryan, tag-team the VPAC

Last Thursday evening the VPAC was treated to a double feature of comedy stand-up by legendary actor and comedian Sinbad and concert singer Paige Bryan, a former CSUN student and daughter of Sinbad. The show opened with Bryan, who gave an upbeat and energetic concert, performing songs from her upcoming album “A Mile In Stilettos.” […]

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Police: two suspects apprehended in pursuit “acting very suspiciously”

Police: two suspects apprehended in pursuit “acting very suspiciously”

The Oxnard man involved in high-speed pursuit that ended on the CSUN campus Tuesday morning was being booked at the Ventura County Jail Wednesday, authorities said. Andrew Coombs, 25, and Melissa Riley, 30, allegedly crashed a stolen van into a curb near the Valley Performing Arts Center around 11:30 a.m., the Simi Valley Police Department […]

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Jazz students help promote upcoming events at VPAC with music – Podcast

Jazz students help promote upcoming events at VPAC with music – Podcast

A chance encounter brings Jazz students Matt Jamele and Justin Yun and PR Student Claire Marshall into our studio to talk about jazz and some of the events and discounts at the VPAC. Also, some live music recorded right outside out Matador Bookstore. Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli will be performing a tribute to Nat […]

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Free LA Opera choral production to be held at VPAC

Free LA Opera choral production to be held at VPAC

Two free concerts performed by the LA Opera Chorus will be held Sunday afternoon at the Valley Performing Arts Center. Featuring highlights from “Madame Butterfly” and “Carmen,” the set will be conducted by Grant Gershon at 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Audience members will also have a chance to sing along. The performance is part of […]

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Diana Krall brings ragtime pizazz to the VPAC

Diana Krall brings ragtime pizazz to the VPAC

Witnessing Diana Krall perform live is analogous to witnessing Fitzgerald read passages from This Side of Paradise (or so I’m told) — you are beholding one of the great practitioners of their craft perform with undaunted ability. In Krall’s case, tickling the ivories is easily as impressive and evocative as Fitzgerald’s passages, but is anyone […]

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Parsons Dance Company trancends time and space with VPAC performance

Parsons Dance Company trancends time and space with VPAC performance

  Parsons Dance Company left the audience speechless Saturday night in its hour long performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center. The production made a fine spectacle, as eight dancers filled the stage with fluidity that defined both unity and individualism. Under the artistic direction of David Parsons, the renowned modern dance company kicked off […]

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Joshua Bell leads Academy of St. Martin in the Fields through a spectacular VPAC show

Joshua Bell leads Academy of St. Martin in the Fields through a spectacular VPAC show

An undeniable silence filled the audience, not in discontent but in a serene awe, as they anxiously awaited the beginning of what promised to be a musical evening. World renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, directed and played alongside the musically acclaimed English chamber orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The two created a profound […]

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Gala Flamenca dances across VPAC stage with style

Gala Flamenca dances across VPAC stage with style

The curtain is raised and a single beam of light spills over Carlos Rodríguez, a member of the renowned flamenco dance group Gala Flamenca. He moves his hands towards the light and suddenly clicks his heels across the floor like the finger-snapping of a beat poet. There is a sharp progression, the tapping elevates to […]

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‘Sid the Science Kid’ attracts a fresh audience to the VPAC

‘Sid the Science Kid’ attracts a fresh audience to the VPAC

The Valley Performing Arts Center is one of the first theaters in Southern California to present Sid The Science Kid. The childrens’ show airs on PBS and teaches kids educational lessons while having fun. The show brought in a huge crowd of kids screaming, cheering Sid on. In this performance, the characters taught the kids […]

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Savion Glover steps out at the VPAC with amazing tap performance STePz

Having no genuine conception of what to expect when attending Savion Glover’s “STePz” performance at Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center on March 7, 2014, it was quite easily one of the best surprises I have encountered at a show to date. Savion Glover is a world-renowned tap dancer, choreographer and actor. Glover has […]

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