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Celebrating Arts & Entertainment:

Pepperdine University Offerings

The local community is fortunate to enjoy a wide array of cultural offerings, including performances by the myriad talented student and professional visiting artists at Pepperdine University.

The 2022-2023 season at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts includes a lineup of lively performances, including a family favorite, “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” featuring Damien Sneed, Cirque Flip Fabrique and Acoustic Rouster's Barnyard Boogie starring Indigo Blume. 

"It's my pleasure to announce our new season at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. The 2022–2023 season will include several returning favorites as well as many new-to-Pepperdine performances," says Rebecca Carson, Managing Director of the Center for the Arts. "Now more than ever, we need the joy, wonder and delight of the arts." 

The 2022–2023 season also includes GRAMMY Award winners and living legends the Blind Boys of Alabama, and "gypsy jazz" group Shades of Django featuring French-born guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel. Other global sounds coming this season include multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali, singing ensemble Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar, and Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, who is returning to Pepperdine after winning the coveted gold medal at the inaugural Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2006.

The Recital Series, featuring the talents of young classical musicians, includes performances by the Delphi Trio, pianist Ying Li, flutist Adam Sadberry, and violinist Maria Ioudenitch. 

Student performances include dance, theatre and musical events presented by the University’s Fine Arts Division. The 2022-2023 season includes Stephen Sondheim's “Into The Woods”; Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man's Cell Phone”; Morna Young’s “Americana: A Murder Ballad,” and the Gilbert and Sullivan opera “H.M.S. Pinafore.” There will also be a series of performances by Pepperdine student music ensembles throughout the fall and spring semesters. In addition, Pepperdine Student Activities will present its annual performance of Dance in Flight.

Season subscription packages and individual tickets are now on sale. Subscribers receive a 10% discount on the best seats and exchanges without fees.

For tickets, call the box office at 310.506.4522 from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and two hours prior to curtain time or visit

2022-2023 Schedule

Friday, November 11 - Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 & Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m.

The Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical “Into the Woods”

A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly "mother"), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want. Mature themes, recommended for ages 14+.


Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.

Pepperdine Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert

Ryan Board and Long-Tao Tang direct this holiday concert.


Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey Featuring Damien Sneed

Celebrate the season with Damien Sneed, the multitalented composer, conductor, musician and vocalist performing on keyboards and vocals with a group of phenomenal singers and musicians as they render Sneed’s unique arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, original holiday tunes, classical favorites, folk songs, spirituals and more.

Friday, December 16, 8 pm 

Tommy Emmanuel 

Sponsored by Ellen and Doug Weitman

Two-time GRAMMY- nominee Tommy Emmanuel, one of Australia's most respected guitarists, has a repertoire that spans pop, jazz, blues, gospel, classical, flamenco and aboriginal styles. Known as one of this planet’s greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel’s music is joyful and simply miraculous, winning him hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. He will be joined by special guest Mike Dawes. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 8 p.m.

Blind Boys of Alabama & Special Guest 

Five-time GRAMMY Award–winners and living legends, the Blind Boys of Alabama both defined and innovated traditional jubilee gospel, turning their live shows into roof-raising musical events. The Blind Boys will join forces with a soon-to-be-announced legendary blues artist for an intimate evening of remarkable music and uplifting, stirring harmonies.

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 8 p.m.

Laila Biali

Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (Washington Post), and has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents. Her shimmering arrangements and lush voice have earned her a 2019 JUNO Award for "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year," and two-time placement on DownBeat magazine’s "Best Albums of the Year" list.

Thursday, February 9, 2023–Saturday, February 11, 2023, 2 & 8 p.m.

Dance In Flight

Dance in Flight embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. For more than 25 years, Dance in Flight has provided a safe environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. The company members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. United by their passion for the art of movement, they are dedicated to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry.

Thursday, February 23, 2023 & Saturday, February 25, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Pepperdine Opera: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

Presented by The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program, “H.M.S. Pinafore” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first major international success, and it continues to delight audiences today. The sharp wit of Gilbert’s text and the charm of Sullivan’s music are undeniable, even more than a century after the work’s premiere 1878. The action is set on the H.M.S. Pinafore, a British navy vessel manned by a hilariously polite crew. A lowly seaman and the captain’s daughter are in love. While “love levels all ranks…it does not level them as much as that.”

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