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Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons unveils new season

From Pat Benatar to Three Dog Night, dates will highlight music from the last five decades

Posted: June 11, 2009 4:01 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2009 12:15 p.m.
To mark College of the Canyons' 40th anniversary and the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center's fifth, the 2009-2010 season will be filled with music that defined the five decades following 1969, when COC opened.

"I am very excited about the new season," said Adam Philipson, the center's managing director. "We are very grateful for the community's unwavering support that has made this center such a success."

The season will open with a champagne toast at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11, followed by the performance of 1980s pop icon and MTV darling, Pat Benatar.

A sold-out series last year, the Cabaret series returns on Sept. 25 and 26 with a sultry performance from Linda Purl.

With trumpets blaring, the life-sized crayons in "The Crayon Court" will take its young audience on a whimsical and vivid adventure on Oct. 3.

On Jan. 30 learn about friendship in the fun-filled musical adventure "A Year With Frog and Toad."

Spend the afternoon on May 1 with "Max and Ruby," Rosemary Wells' beloved bunny siblings, who encounter some trouble putting on a play for their grandmother.

The traditional Irish group "Danú" will usher in the holiday season - and the Great Performance series - on Dec. 4 with a high-energy, moving holiday experience of ancient and contemporary Irish music with members of the college's choral programs.

The holiday season will continue with country star Phil Vassar when the Go Country 105 FM acoustic holiday show returns on Dec. 6.

On Jan. 16, music songwriting great Kris Kristofferson will sing classic tunes such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "For the Good Times," as part of the Chancellor's Choice series of headliners.

When the uplifting "Spirit of Uganda" performs on Feb. 6, the African group will remain in town until Feb. 8 to do a special educational performance for local school children.

"We are also excited to add a new grant funded Stimulus Series of three free concerts for the community with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Clarita Symphony and the return of the Air Force Band of the Golden West," said Philipson.

The season will close with a performance by the legendary rock band "Three Dog Night" on June 5. From 1969 to 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits including the No. 1 singles "Mama told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World" and "Black and White."

Also part of the season are performances from the college's outstanding performing arts departments including dance, choral recitals and music from the Symphony of the Canyons.

The college's Theatre department will stage productions of "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," "Keely and Du" and Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Community favorites such as the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre, the Santa Clarita Master Chorale and the Santa Clarita Ballet will also return to the PAC.

Series subscriptions will go on sale at 11:30 a.m. on July 16. Individual tickets will go on sale on Aug. 13.

For complete season details, visit the Performing Arts Center Web site at


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