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Richard And Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

December 8, 1994
The South Coast Chorale, a Los Angeles County-based gay and lesbian chorus, will give two performances of its 1994 "Christmastime" concert at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. Performances are scheduled Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Center, 6200 Atherton St. Tickets are priced from $17 to $20. In addition, the Chorale will give a free holiday performance at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Sunday at 4 p.m.
November 11, 1993
Musician Richard Carpenter plans to donate more than $1 million to Cal State Long Beach, which officials said will be used to help fund the university's new performing arts center. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the California State University trustees. A Cal State Long Beach spokeswoman said the Carpenter donation still must be finalized.
January 22, 1998
* Theater. Melissa Manchester headlines L.A. Theatre Works' "The Play's the Thing" radio theater presentation of "I Sent a Letter to My Love." Manchester scored the musical with book by Jeffrey Sweet. Wednesday through Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. at Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 4th St., Santa Monica, $24-$27. (310) 827-0889. * Music. Film and Broadway notable Mandy Patinkin appears in concert in a one-night-only engagement, next Thursday at 8 p.m.
January 21, 1994
The new Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach opens Sunday at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Susanne Linke Dance Company of Frankfurt, Germany. The troupe will offer the first West Coast performance of Linke's piece RUHR-ORT. Tickets are $15. The center, at 6200 Atherton St., will be used for a wide variety of arts events.
August 24, 2003 | Chris Pasles
Innovative Cambodian choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro of the Long Beach-based Khmer Arts Academy startled the arts community in February with her powerful adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello" into Cambodian classical dance idioms. Now, she and Cambodian composer Chinary Ung, who teaches at UC San Diego, have been awarded a $32,000 New England Foundation for the Arts grant to create a new music and dance project.
July 9, 1996 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Good news for lovers of the indoor summer concert: Many opportunities to avoid the al fresco environment remain. At Cal State Long Beach, through July 25, inside concerts abound. One of the first of these showed off not only a distinguished American singer, but also the virtues of the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Sunday night.
October 3, 1994 | DON HECKMAN
There was a palpable feeling of nostalgia in the air at Saturday's official opening of the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at their alma mater, Cal State Long Beach--and an equally powerful sense of loss. With a tuxedoed and gowned audience, a large orchestra and a fast-paced show, the center premiered with all flags flying. What was missing was Karen Carpenter.
April 18, 1994 | CHRIS PASLES
An injury to one of the dancers left the Joe Goode Performance Group scrambling to rework "Whisper It to Me in My Ear" less than a day before it received its West Coast premiere Saturday at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach. It may be an unanswerable question, nonetheless, whether the presence of Suellen Einarsen, who had torn a ligament in a workshop for students on Friday, would have made enough of a difference.
At its best, Diane Schuur's voice can be one of the most seductively soothing sounds in all of jazz. At its worst, when she pushes herself into the strident upper limits of her range, its penetrating qualities can make far too much progress into the headache centers of the brain. Her performance at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach on Sunday afternoon included instances of both those aspects of her singing.
One of the opening events in the 1998 Cal State University Summer Arts series at Long Beach, the recital Wednesday by American baritone William Stone, should have been more inspiring than it turned out to be. Stone is an admirable artist, with extensive European and North American operatic credits, and a healthy voice of much variety and resource.
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