Special Topics in Concert Production
This Fall term, students interested in learning more about Concert Production took a 1-credit, six-week class that provided them with an overview of this segment of the music industry, one that is relatively healthy even during the economic downturn. Team-taught by Professor Keith Hatschek from the Conservatory and Pacific alum, Dave Belman, who formerly produced concerts for both Pacific and University of California, Berkeley, the class combined in-person and online modules, as well as two field trips to go "backstage" at an arena show featuring Blink-182 (courtesy of Pacific alum and Live Nation production manager Brandie Louck); and a more intimate concert with jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland (courtesy of Yoshi's Artistic Director, David Lloyd).
Furthering the emphasis on forging connections to industry, students presented their final projects to a panel comprised of three alumni that have significant concert production experience.
Pictured (left to right) Casey Lowdermilk, (High Sierra Music Festival); instructor and former promoter Dave Belman; and Arlene Brown, current head of ASuop Presents. At the right is Mike Cera, the General Manager of the Stockton Arena and Bob Hope Theater of SMG Productions, a major concert promoter and employer that manages more than 200 venues worldwide.