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Construction of the Catalina Island Museum`s New Home Progressing Steadily

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

The construction of the Catalina Island Museum’s new home, the "Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building" marks the most important building project on the island in over 80 years.

 

Internationally Acclaimed Soprano Lisa Vroman Talks About Upcoming Performance for the Museum`s Silent Film Benefit

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Experience the unique opportunity to view the original 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera in the Avalon Casino Theatre with live musical accompaniment by a 30-piece symphony orchestra, a soprano vocalist and organist at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May

 

New Museum Exhibition Explores Why Hollywood`s Elite Flocked to Catalina Island During the 1930s and 40s

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Experience Catalina Island’s heyday of the 1930s and 40s at the latest exhibition of the Catalina Island Museum: Escape to Catalina: Hollywood’s Biggest Stars on Catalina Island.

 

Grammy Award Winner Richard Kaufman Talks About Returning to Avalon for this Year`s Silent Film Benefit

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

The Catalina Island Museum presents a very rare opportunity to experience The Phantom of the Opera with a 30-piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman.

 

A 30-Piece Symphony Orchestra to Perform the Original Phantom of the Opera Musical Score at the Museum`s Silent Film Benefit

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Experience the unique opportunity to view the original 1925 version of "The Phantom of the Opera" in the Avalon Casino Theatre with live musical accompaniment by a 30-piece symphony orchestra, a soprano vocalist and organist.

 

Renowned Organist Dennis James to Perform at the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

One of the most respected cinema organists in the world, James recently sat down with the Catalina Island Museum to discuss his career and the upcoming performance of The Phantom of the Opera for the museum’s annual Silent Film Benefit.

 

The Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit Presents “The Man of a Thousand Faces” in “Phantom of the Opera”

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

The Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit presents Lon Chaney in his most famous and horrifying role as Erik, the Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House.

 

Special Visit to the Avalon High School Music Class by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra Has Lasting Impact on Students

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Prior to the annual Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert, conductor Anna Wittstruck and the full ensemble of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra visited the Avalon High School music class.

 

Catalina Island Museum Announces the Addition of Organist Dennis James for its Annual Silent Film Benefit

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Dennis James is recognized as one of the most highly rated cinema organists in the world. He will provide live musical accompaniment for "The Phantom of the Opera" along with a 30-piece symphony orchestra and a soprano vocalist.

 

Internationally Acclaimed Soprano Lisa Vroman to Perform During the Museum`s Silent Film Benefit

AVALON BAY NEWS

For the very first time in the history of the Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit, a soprano vocalist will accompany the feature film along with a 30-piece symphony orchestra.

 

Catalina Island Museum Reflects on a Visit from Mr. Cub Ernie Banks

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Saddened by the news of the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks, the museum remembers a special visit by "Mr. Cub" in 2011.

 

Avalon High School Student Influenced by Museum Holiday Symphony Concert Applies to Stanford University

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Avalon High School senior Susanna Savitt shares her interaction with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and how it inspired her to apply to Stanford University.

 

Catalina Island Museum Annual Silent Film Benefit Presents One of the Most Haunting Silent Films Ever Produced

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Ticket sales for the annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit have increased steadily in recent years. This year`s performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" is expected to sell out.

 

Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert Receives Rave Reviews

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Led by a talented conductor, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra performed during the Catalina Island Museum`s Annual Holiday Symphony Concert on December 12.

 

Stanford Symphony Orchestra Conductor Shares Her Perspective About the Unique Opportunity to Bring Classical Music to Avalon

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

A large part of the success of the Catalina Island Museum`s inaugural Holiday Symphony Concert was the Stanford Symphony Orchestra`s Assistant Conductor, Anna Wittstruck. She returns to the Avalon Casino with the orchestra on Friday, Dec. 12th.

 

Catalina Island Museum`s Holiday Symphony Concert Has Lasting Effect on Stanford University Student

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Stanford University student Jeremy Hsu returns to the Avalon Casino stage Friday night, performing cello during the 2nd Annual Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert.

 

Stanford Symphony Ensemble and Chen Zhao to Catalina

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE

The Catalina Island Museum`s annual Holiday Symphony Concert has become an annual holiday tradition on the island.

 

Catalina Island Museum’s Glidden Collection Featured on The History Channel

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Last month the History Channel sent a film crew to the Catalina Island Museum to film its most recent installment of its award-winning series "Search for the Lost Giants."

 

The Catalina Island Museum is bringing the Prolific Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to the Avalon Casino Theatre

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

This year`s program, A Very Mozart Christmas, will feature the distinguished Stanford Symphony Orchestra performing three of Mozart’s famous compositions, including Symphony no. 29 in A major, Exsultate, Jubilate, and Violin Concerto no. 5 in A major

 

Catalina Island Museum Kicks Off Its Annual Campaign with a Matching Gift of $30,000 by its Board of Trustees

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Support the day-to-day operations of the Catalina Island Museum during its largest fundraiser of the year, the 2014 Annual Campaign.

 

Childhood Interest in Catalina Island History Culminates in Working on a Federal Grant for the Catalina Island Museum

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Hugh Radde grew up in Avalon and vividly remembers visiting the museum as a child. He is now working on a grant for the museum and his ultimate goal is a PhD in Anthropology and to become a professor.

 

Last Year`s Holiday Symphony Concert Inspired a Local Avalon School Student to Pursue the Piano

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

An elementary student was so inspired by the Catalina Island Museum`s Holiday Symphony Concert last year he asked for piano lessons for Christmas instead of a video game.

 

2nd Annual Holiday Symphony Concert to Feature Compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra will play a selection of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for this year`s Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert, "A Very Mozart Christmas."

 

Grammy Award-Winning Conductor Richard Kaufman to Return in 2015 for Museum`s Screening of The Phantom of the Opera

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

Richard Kaufman is known for his immense talent and passion for film music. He wowed the crowd last year and looks forward to returning to the Avalon Casino Theatre for the Catalina Island Museum`s 2015 Silent Film Benefit.

 

Catalina Island Museum`s Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building Evokes the Best of Avalon`s Past

THE CATALINA ISLANDER

The museum`s new home will feature an outdoor amphitheater on the hillside at the back of the building`s second floor. It is expected to become the center of Avalon`s entertainment scene when it opens in 2015.