It’s been a some time since we last sat in the cheap seats together. For various reasons, we had to put the podcast on hold…but have no fear, we are back and better than ever! Let’s continue to examine where life and the arts intersect and more importantly than that, come to an understanding about the importance of the arts in each of our lives!

Today in the cheap seats, we welcome Vice President of Education for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Talena Mara! From being on the faculties of prestigious schools, to working with some of the best arts companies in the world, to her current role as the Vice President of Education for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, Talena Mara has devoted her life to the arts.  A student of the very first El Sistema program, Talena now works to ensure that ALL students have access to quality artistic experiences.  Join us today for a fascinating conversation about the arts and they are used to bring our communities closer together!

To learn more about the Segerstrom Center and their educational offerings, click HERE.

In this weeks episode, we welcome world class violin soloist and educator, Chee-Yun Kim to the cheap seats! The New York Times has said this about Chee-Yun:

“This is a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener’s ear.”

-New York Times

Through our discussion, Chee-Yun provides insight into her life, her career, as well as the importance of the arts and music in our world and in the lives of children.  So come enjoy the view and until then, we’ll save a seat for ya!

To learn more about Chee-Yun Kim, you can visit her website HERE.

Today in the Cheap Seats we welcome the Artistic Director of The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, Mr. Barry Edelstein!  Mr. Edelstein is one of the foremost American experts on Shakespeare, and has directed over half of the Bard’s plays.  During the COVID pandemic, Mr. Edelstein has overseen online programming that included world premieres, as well as a full lineup of free programs.

Mr. Edelstein is insightful, open, and honest during our discussion about his fears, his hopes, and the understanding that the arts are truly our civic purpose.

To learn more about The Old Globe Theatre, click HERE.

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