2021-2022 Season Brochure

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2021-22 SEASON




The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center celebrates emerging artists, established acts, and legendary entertainers from around the world in an engaging mix of music, dance, and other creative performances.

To our valued series subscribers, please note that series subscriptions will return next year for our 2022-2023 season.

The Carpenter Center is an intimate 1,054-seat venue conveniently located just off the 405, 605, and 22 freeways on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Safe and convenient parking is located directly in front of the Center, operated by CSULB. For the latest parking information, as well as attendance requirements and more, visit our frequently asked questions page at carpenterarts.org/faq.

Purchase tickets online at carpenterarts.org!

Season Media Partner KPCC.


An Evening with Paula Poundstone

Sat, Dec 11, 2021 at 8pm

Comedian Paula Poundstone is back for a laugh-out-loud evening of brilliantly spontaneous humor delivered with her legendary wit.

When she isn’t on the panel of the #1 NPR show “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!,” Paula Poundstone crafts her hallmark observational humor as host of her podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. In the studio and on stage, she uncovers the hilarious angle of almost any subject, delivering her wisdom and humor with the smarts that make every performance feel unique.


An Evening with Anne Lamott

Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 8pm

“Every writer, truth-seeker, parent, and activist I know is in love with one or more books by Anne Lamott.” – Gloria Steinem

Author Anne Lamott lifts, comforts, and inspires—all while keeping us laughing in this revealing evening. Utterly disarming, Anne Lamott is known for addressing complex subjects with humor and ruthless honesty. Generous with wisdom and always forthright, she is “a writer who has perfected the art of saying the unsayable.” (The New York Times)



Storm Large

Wed, Nov 10, 2021 at 7pm
Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 7pm

Vocal superstar Storm Large returns to our Cabaret stage with her sultry and subversive renditions of jazz standards, Broadway showstoppers, and classic anthems.

Whether singing in a nightclub, Carnegie Hall, or in front of millions this year on America’s Got Talent, Storm Large explores songs of love and desire, illuminating them in a gorgeous new hue.

Wed/Thu Sec A $55
Wed/Thu Sec B $45

Allan Harris Kate’s Soulfood

Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 7pm
Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 7pm

Vocalist and guitarist Allan Harris and his quartet share spirited, soul-drenched songs from his latest album, Kate’s Soulfood.

From deeply resonant to light as air, Allan Harris’s voice casts a smooth spell as he pays homage to the richness of Harlem, the neighborhood where he was raised and the source of inspiration for this deeply personal collection of gorgeous songs.

Wed/Thu Sec A $55
Wed/Thu Sec B $45

Celebrating Tom Jones starring David Burnham

Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 7pm
Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 7pm

Through stories and songs, Broadway star David Burnham (Wicked, A Light in the Piazza) charms with unique renditions of Tom Jones’s chart- toppers, including “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah,”“What’s New Pussycat,” “Green Green Grass Of Home,” and more! Join David Burnham and explore how a simple factory worker from a Welsh mining town became one of the biggest superstars and unsubtle sex symbols in the world!

Wed/Thu Sec A $55 Wed/Thu Sec B $45

The Carpenter Center stage is transformed for Cabaret performances, offering patrons table seating on our stage less than 40 feet from the artists!

Seating subject to change.


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 8pm
Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 2pm

Prepare for the most hilarious night you’ll ever have at the ballet as the “unspeakably talented” Trocks (Calgary Herald) return to the Carpenter Center for the seventh time! The all-male dance company’s one-of-a-kind combination of ballet satire and spot- on choreography have thrilled dance connoisseurs and delighted audiences for over 40 years!
TICKETS Sat/Sun $55

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
An Untitled Love

Sat, Feb 5, 2022 at 8pm

Celebrated dance company A.I.M performs Artistic Director Kyle Abraham’s exultant new ode to the music of Grammy Award-winning R&B legend D’Angelo. A thumping mixtape of a dance, An Untitled Love is sonically rooted in the richness of Soul and R&B music, and celebrates family, community, and love in this evening-length experience by one of today’s most in-demand choreographers.



Damien Sneed’s Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey

Sun, Dec 12, 2021 at 2pm

Cherish the sounds of the holidays, from “Silent Night” to Handel’s Messiah, with pianist Damien Sneed and a stellar cast of ten vocalists and musicians.

The multi-talented musician and composer takes us on a musical journey of holiday classics, including original arrangements of “Joy to the World,”“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,”“This Christmas,” and many other gospel, jazz, and classical favorites. Damien Sneed has worked with legends Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross, and made his Carpenter Center debut with We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during our 2018-2019 season.


David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown featuring Courtney Fortune

Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 8pm

Jazz pianist and composer David Benoit presents an evening of timeless Vince Guaraldi holiday tunes from the TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

One of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz, David Benoit’s love for the music from the 1965 Peanuts classic runs deep: he took over as music composer for new Charlie Brown Christmas TV specials more than a decade ago. After celebrating the music of Vince Guaraldi last year in a virtual concert, David Benoit returns to our stage to continue the holiday tradition, joined this year by vocalist Courtney Fortune, named “America’s next big jazz singer” by Genlux Magazine.




Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 8pm

MOMIX’s internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts in this stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s novel. Journey down the rabbit hole with MOMIX and the visionary choreography of Artistic Director Moses Pendleton. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in MOMIX’s world is as it seems!



An Evening with Branford Marsalis

Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 8pm

World-renowned jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis blows the house down in an evening of dazzling virtuosity, heartfelt ballads, and telepathic improvisations with his famed quartet.
Raised in New Orleans to jazz royalty, Branford Marsalis toured with Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock, and gained fame playing with Sting and as leader of the Tonight Show Band. Beyond performing with the New York Philharmonic or composing for Broadway, Marsalis’ musical core remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. Since its inception in 1986, the Grammy Award- winning quartet has been revered for its kaleidoscopic range, making it the standard to which other ensembles are measured.


Igudesman & Joo
Play it Again

Sun, May 15, 2022 at 2pm

Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo bring their inspired zaniness and captivating virtuosity back to our stage.
In this afternoon’s musical choose-your-own adventure, the duo—who have appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—turn a traditional concert on its head, bringing their inventive energy to an inside-out, topsy-turvy show where every song is an encore!



Online at CarpenterArts.org Tickets available online 24 hours a day.
Phone (562) 985-7000 Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm
In Person Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm
The Carpenter Center Ticket Office, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815
Programs, artists, prices and dates subject to change. No refunds. Seating subject to change.
ADA compliance, please visit CarpenterArts.org/ada.


Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony - TICKETS $20

Festive reopening - Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 7:30pm

The Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra returns to the big stage to
celebrate the re-emergence of in-person music making.
Festive Overture and Symphony No. 10......Shostakovich
Adagio for Strings........................................ Barber

Competition Winner - Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 7:30pm

Pianist and BCCM competition winner Arvin-Ur Gantumur joins the orchestra
for a virtuosic piano concerto and symphony.
Piano Concerto No. 3 ......................................Prokofiev
Symphony No. 4 In F Minor .......................... Tchaikovsky

Romance and Agility - Wed, Mar 16, 2022 at 7:30pm

Pianist and competition winner Yuki Yukota plays one the most famous piano concertos in the repertoire, followed by a piece for orchestra celebrating the technical agility of the BCCM Symphony.

Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor..................Rachmaninoff
Till Eulenspiegel ............................................ Strauss

Carmina Burana - Sat, May 7, 2022 at 7:30pm

Jonathan Talberg conducts this massive piece combining all choirs, soloists,
and the symphony orchestra of the BCCM.
Carmina Burana ............................................ Orff

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band - TICKETS $20 John Carnahan And Jermie Arnold, Conductors

Enjoy the lush sounds of the Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band as they perform new works by Jake Runestad and Roger Zare, as well as Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat, Vaughn Williams’ English Folk Song, and more thrilling marches and inspiring classics.
Performance - Thu, Oct 7, 2021 at 7:30pm
Performance - Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 7:30pm