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Archive from December, 2013

December 4

Tis the Season…for Brass!

Palomar Brass Ensemble

Warm winter sounds for cool winter nights. Expand your holiday spirit with seasonal favorites and a few surprises from this excellent group of North County musicians.

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December 6, 7

Fate – Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Palomar Symphony Orchestra

Fate comes knocking as the PSO launches gripping performances of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Giuseppi Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture and Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1.

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December 14

Magic and Majesty!

Palomar/Pacific Coast Concert Band

Ring in the holidays with this classic North County concert band, seventy-five members strong. Wide-ranging holiday magic and majesty will abound!

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December 15

Behold That Star!

Palomar Chorale/Chamber Singers

All eyes are on the stars as Palomar’s premier singing groups, performing individually and combined, close Fall Season 2013 with shining celestial offerings. Of special note are Thomas Washington Talley’s Behold That Star, Libby Larsen’s Beneath These Alien Stars, Alice Parker’s Bright Morning Stars and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque.

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Volunteer as an Usher

Volunteer as an usher and see the show for free! Sign up for more information by clicking “Sign Up Now” below. Or contact the Box Office/House Manager at boxoffice@palomar.edu for further information.

Rules and Information for Ushers

  • Ushers are asked to wear black bottoms and white tops. Black denim jeans are acceptable, but must be clean, free of holes/tears, and of a solid black color. Sneakers or tennis shoes are not appropriate. Any one not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to usher for the performance.
  • Ushers are asked to arrive at the venue one full hour prior to the event’s start time (i.e., if the event starts at 7:00 pm, ushers must be at the venue no later than 6:00 pm). Usher’s names will be checked off when they arrive.
  • Ushers may not chew gum or use cell phones during the event.
  • Ushers must be able to stand for up to 45 minutes at a time.
  • Ushers will be given brief instructions on safety practices and standards as well as an introduction to the box office staff, the facility, the performance (title, length [i.e. 1 hour 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission], performance type (dance, music, theatre), how the seating is arranged, and which doors to suggest for patrons to use for their convenience.
  • Ushers will perform tasks that include, but are not limited to: taking tickets, handing out programs, passing out pre-paid will-call tickets, and/or assisting with concession stand.
  • At Intermission, the ushers will need to take to the edge of the stage; this is to make sure that audience members DO NOT try to enter the stage area.
  • During the performance, ushers will need to take seats on each side of the audience. Late seating will be accommodated at the discretion of the House Management. If there are late patrons, ask them to take a seat at the edge of the aisle and inform them that they will be able to take their actual seat at Intermission.
  • After the performance, ushers will be asked to stand once again at the edge of the stage. As patrons ask for performers, ushers need to ask them to go to the meeting area to wait for performers there. Ushers need to make sure that audience members do not try and enter the stage from the House.
  • Ushers must stay through the entire performance.
  • Once the House is clear, ushers must help clean-up the audience area and return all programs that are in good condition.  Ushers will sign programs for students who need proof-of-attendance for a class.

Usher Positions

  • Front Door: You will be taking tickets and telling patrons which theatre door they should enter to get to their seats.
  • Performance Entrance/Programs: You will be handing out programs and helping patrons to their seats.
  • Will Call Station: You will be located next to the ticketing area; at this station you will be handling all the Will Call tickets (tickets that were purchased prior to the event).
  • Other positions as assigned by House Manager.

In Case of Emergencies

  • In the case of a medical emergency, ushers need to contact the House Manager and leave the affected person alone (DO NOT MOVE THEM!).
  • In case of a major emergency (i.e. earthquake or fire), the House Management will contact the lighting operator to bring up the lights to allow the house staff to safely evacuate the audience.

Academic Programs

Palomar Performing Arts is a community where the human spirit is continually renewed and a place where we are reminded of the qualities that make us human.

Palomar Performing Arts is a world where artists and audiences alike gather to deepen their knowledge of music, dance and theatre in all their varied forms. It is a place where creativity and craft drive the immediacy of live performance, linking the traditions of the past with the possibilities of the future, instilling the art of communication in everyone.

We welcome all interested participants. Maybe you’re considering a professional career in music, dance or theatre. Perhaps you are chasing a curiosity about the performing arts and want to experience something new and exciting. Or, you might simply be looking for fun and stimulating general education requirements! Whatever your motivation, you will find a thoughtful and vibrant community when you arrive. Join us!