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Soka Performing Arts Center's 5th Anniversary Open House

Soka Performing Arts Center’s 5th Anniversary Open House

Free Event with Entertainment for the Community


Soka Performing Arts Center celebrates the fifth anniversary of its opening with an Open House birthday celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:30–5:30 p.m. This is a free event, but tickets are required in order to attend; already more than 800 community members have reserved tickets. Order tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278). The Box Office will be open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

On the exact day that it opened five years ago, Soka Performing Arts Center and Soka University of America invite the public to an open house birthday celebration. There will be live music in the concert hall and the Black Box Theatre throughout the afternoon, as well as backstage tours (space is limited, sign up at the event). Guests can experience the beautiful acoustics of the Center, socialize with their neighbors, and enjoy light refreshments or purchase food prepared by Bon Appétit. Performers for this event include Trio Céleste, Umi Garrett, Urban Renewal Project, Cuñao, Felice LaZae, and Eva and the Vagabond Tales, who will be doing one or two 30-minute sets.

In the main concert hall, at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m., the 14-year-old American pianist, Orange County native and Young Steinway Artist Umi Garrett performs a solo recital. Enjoy performances by Trio Céleste, Ensemble-in-Residence at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts and winner of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, at 2:15 and 4:15 p.m.

In the Black Box Theatre, catch Urban Renewal Project at 1:30 p.m. using instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz and hip-hop. Performing at 2:30 p.m. is Felice LaZae, a singer/songwriter whose sound has roots in blues, R&B and rock. Her song “I Need to Feel,” was featured by HGTV to promote their show, “Flip or Flop,” and was voted a “keeper” on 95.5 KLOS’ Stay or Go segment on the “Heidi & Frank Show.” Cuñao showcases their multi-ethnic musicians while putting a global twist on their Latin folk sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American rock aesthetics at 3:30 p.m. Lastly, at 4:30 p.m. Eva and the Vagabond Tales blends Western and Gypsy folk and ragtime using the foundations of old-time music and melancholy storytelling.