Palmetto Center for the Arts

Fall 2018 Calendar of Events

May 7 - August 27 | Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Media includes ceramic, digital, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and fashion.
Curated by Instructor Rachael M. Bower.

September 10 - October 14 | Greta Pratt - A Cloud of Dust (ART)

Greta Pratt: A Cloud of Dust
Curated by Cosby Lindquist
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Reception: Thursday, September 13 from 11am - 1pm

Greta Pratt - photo


Greta Pratt is American photographer concerned with issues of national identity and American myth. Pratt is the author of three monographs, The Wavers (Blue Sky Books, 2014), Using History (Steidl, 2005) and In Search of the Corn Queen (National Museum of American Art,1994). Pratt’s work is included in major public and private collections and has been shown in Art in America, New York Times Sunday Magazine and The New Yorker, along with numerous books and catalogs nationally as well as internationally. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is a recipient of a New Jersey State Arts Council Grant.

Much like fake news, fake history becomes a truth that functions to influence the thoughts and belief of the present. For the past three years I have been photographing the American West to examine western mythology and the elevation of hyper-masculinity. The iconic male characters of the west, the cowboy, the gunfighter and the lawman embody a code of bravado and violence and yet still hold a nostalgic and populist place in American memory. Recent manifestations of gender, power, and populism, in the U.S. make this topic even more provocative. The underlying motivation for all of my work is the realization that history and national memory influence the present and shape the public’s response to current issues and events.

October 4, 5, 6 and 7 | New Directions (DRAMA)

New Directions
The premiere production by the NVC Theatre Lab.
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Five NVC drama students produce, direct and design this showcase of short plays.

October 4, 5, 6 at 7pm
Sunday, October 7 at 2:30pm
Black Box Theatre

Free Admission

October 29 - December 2 | Peter Brown Leighton - Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast (ART)
Peter Brown Leighton
Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast
Curated by Sara Fields

Peter Brown Leighton

"Writing in 1961, a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez declared that life was the best thing ever invented. If we are to take him at his word, the question left begging is this: If life is in fact the best of inventions, why is it, in our modern era, that humanity seems so persistently inclined to push itself to the very brink of extinction in ever more creative and lethal ways?

The imaginary vernacular images in the series, “Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast”, have been created in the shadows of this paradox. Rooted in the soil of my coming of age, its images are sourced from bits and pieces of discarded analog photographs acquired over the years from the dust bins of the twentieth century.

They represent narrative threads populated by monochrome men fallen from grace, ambivalent women standing on the cusp of reinvention and feral, free range children born to run, all living with the threat of an end to the world as they know it circling high overhead.

These are cultural themes established in my youth that have continued to mutate and metastasize in society for the better part of my life. They inform works in this portfolio that are of the past and yet are also of the world as we know it today, spilling over with question marks and exclamation points, as unpredictable and absurd as ever."

Peter Brown Leighton

November 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 | Ebenazio, A Winter's Tale of Old San Anto (DRAMA)

Ebenazio, A Winter's Tale of Old San Anto
by Kim Corbin, Robert Rehm and Chuck Squier
Directed by Mellissa Marlowe
Starring Jesse Borrego

Produced by Jump-Start Performance Co. with support from the City of San Antonio Tricentennial Commission. An Official Tricentennial Event.

Ebenazio drama production

Ebenazio - A Winter’s Tale of Old San Anto is a theatrical work of historical fiction that is sweet and serious, but also spicy and silly. Set in 1731 in a tiny village that would become known as San Antonio, Texas, Ebenazio presents certain events and conversations that occur between November 2 (El Dia de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead) and December 25 (you know, Christmas), dropping in on such dates as the winter solstice and Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day.

A night when ancestors return, ushered in by the season’s first blustery blue norther and punctuated by an eclipse, also sees the arrival of settlers from the Canary Islands, sponsored by the king of Spain. These strangers bring change to the existing community. Already here are five Franciscan missions, dedicated to bringing into their fold the Coahuiltecan natives who had roamed and made camp in the area for hundreds of years. Spanish and mestizo military men and their families are attached to a fort presided over by the captain and acting governor, Ebenazio, who is charged with the protection of the friars and the newly converted.

The play is populated with sixteen vivid characters representing these groups who struggle with issues quite familiar to San Antonians today – land use, water rights, class clashes and a cultural divide. A parade of ghosts and visions illuminate and confuse. But common goals and surprising romantic attractions bring the folks together. By the end of the play, while problems remain, each character has changed, especially the selfish, bitter Capitán Ebenazio. His epiphany stands for hope for the future of old San Anto.

November 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3 at 2:00pm

Palmetto Theatre

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

Tuesday, November 6

November 5 | Fall Workshop: Dr. Lee's Master Class for Singers (MUSIC)

Dr. Lee Master Class

NVC singers who are performing solos and ensembles for this fall semester’s music events, including Concert Choir, Beautiful Voices IV, and NVC Honors Recital, will have an opportunity to attend this Fall Workshop under the musical direction of Dr. Minkyung Lee. Singers are given the opportunity to improve their vocal performance, song interpretation, musical expression, and stage presence.

Monday, November 5 at 10:30am
Recital Hall (PCA-107)
Free and open to the public

November 12 | Fall Music Fest: NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble & Jason Paxton Memorial Scholarship Dedication (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest Fall 2018 presents the NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble followed by a Jason Paxton Memorial Scholarship Dedication

NVC Instrumental Chamber Ensemble: A Musical Menagerie
Directed by Dr. Andrew Converse
This evening of diverse music ranges from Maurice Ravel to Vince Guaraldi and seasonal selections to Romantic favorites. Selections will be performed by the complete student Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, string quartet, as well as a trio of trombone, clarinet, and horn.

Jason Paxton Memorial Scholarship Dedication
In honor of Veterans Day, the Northwest Vista College Music Department will present the music of guitarist and composer Jason Paxton, a veteran of the United States Army who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in combat, Paxton's road to recovery included enrolling as a music student at Northwest Vista College in 2016. He studied guitar and composition, and wrote several compositions during his studies. Following his death in spring 2018, a scholarship in his memory was established to benefit Northwest Vista College music students.

Join us as we present a scholarship dedication to remember Jason Paxton and his guitar compositions, with performances by guitarist Ashley Lucero and pianist Dr. Aaron Prado.

To make a credit card donation to this scholarship, please email or call Lynne T. Dean at or 210.486.4135.

Monday, November 12 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 13 | Fall Music Fest presents Her Lyrics: A Woman's Life Through Love and Loss (MUSIC)

Her Lyrics: A Woman's Life Through Love and Loss
Fall Music Fest 2018 presents the NVC Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Featuring Minkyung Lee, soprano and Joachim Reinhuber, piano

Fall Music Fest Voice Event

Northwest Vista College’s voice faculty, Dr. Minkyung Lee invites guest pianist, Joachim Reinhuber to bring insight to Gwyneth Walker’s song cycle, The Sun is Love. Gwyneth Walker communicates a picturesque setting through her inventive text, intriguing harmonies, and interesting, varied accompaniment. Contemporary dancer Brittany Lopez will be an equal partner by creating captivating movement and will bring a visual component to enhance the audience perspective. Cellist, Aurelia Rocha brings more sensitive and delicate solo pieces to display a Woman’s life through love and loss. The impetus behind the idea is to provide reflection of music through the audience perspective. A dominant element of the evening will be the collaboration between these four artists.

piano performer for fall music fest    cello performer for fall music fest

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Free Admission

November 14 | Fall Music Fest: NVC Concert Choir & Solo Performances (MUSIC)

The Power of Connection: Healing for the Heart

Northwest Vista College’s Concert Choir proudly presents the Fall Music Fest with Shawn Kirchner’s Unclouded Day and Craig Hella Johnson’s I Love you/What a Wonderful World. Under Dr. Minkyung Lee’s baton, the Concert Choir will perform Listen from the hit movie, Dreamgirls and the Tony Award-winning show, the choral medley Dear Evan Hansen, along with many more beautiful choral pieces. It is never too early to bring in the holiday cheer with songs to end the Fall Music Fest. The audience will experience the power of connection as they join the choir in Christmas carols to close the performance.

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 15 | Fall Music Fest: Vista Jazz Ensemble & Student-Led Combos (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest 2018 presents the Vista Jazz Ensemble and Student-Led Combos
Directed by Dr. Aaron Prado

Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre
Admission - $5

November 16 | Cosmic Art Night (ART)

Cosmic Art Night

The NVC Fine & Performing Arts Department presents Cosmic Art Night! Materials and studios glow under ultraviolet lights creating a surreal, dreamy vibe while you explore the arts of ceramics, drawing, printmaking, music and dance. Professors and students will demonstrate the potter’s wheel, dance moves, and screen printing techniques on paper. Bring your own t-shirt to silkscreen on. All additional materials provided. Everyone is welcome: students, faculty, staff, and families! All ages! No experience necessary!

Friday, November 16 from 7pm-9pm
Free Admission

November 19 | Dr. Eylon’s Master Class: How to Successfully Prepare for an Audition (MUSIC)

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November 19 & 20 | A-JAM Auditions

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Prepare 2 contrasting jazz pieces (of your choice)
Bring 3 copies of your written music
Scales/arpeggios: major and minor, all keys
Sight-reading: chordal (lead sheet), rhythmic, & melodic

Successful completion of basic course in improvisation
Bring transcripts, unofficial are fine

One lucky A-JAM student is invited to the annual meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) to perform with students and professional musicians from all over the world.

Katchie Cartwright, PhD, Program Director

November 20 | Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble performing works from New York Women Composers, Inc. (MUSIC)

Fall Music Fest 2018 presents Lux Musicae Chamber Ensemble
Emmanuel Godoy, Music Director; Emily Madonia, violin

Lux Musicae performs works from New York Women Composers, Inc.
Featuring violin soloist, Emily Madonia; Music of Rain Worthington, Hilary Tann and Alyssa Reit.

Lux Musicae Event


Emily Madonia, violin
Madonia began studying the violin at age three in Anchorage, Alaska. After winning the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist’s Concerto Competition at age eighteen, she went on to earn a B.M. in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2006. Prominent teachers include: Beverly Beheim, Therese Fetter, Fred Halgedahl, Mikhail Kopelman and Zvi Zeitlin. She has appeared as soloists with the Laredo Philharmonic, and has given numerous solo recitals. Emily has been a member of the Marini String Ensemble, Quartsemble and currently performs with Terra Vista Strings, Third Floor Music, Avalon Strings and Divisi Strings. She has taught chamber music at the Hochstein School, Eastman Community School and maintains a private studio in Houston. She also performs with the Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Kingsville Symphony Orchestras and Houston Grand Opera.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theater
Free Admission

Sponsored by the NVC Student Activity Fee

November 26 | Beautiful Voices IV: Dr. Minkyung Lee’s Voice Studio Recital (MUSIC)

Beautiful Voices - Choir event

This recital will showcase 18 student performers from the voice studio of Dr. Minkyung Lee. The recital will feature a wide variety of styles including art songs, operatic arias, musical theater songs, and duets.

Monday, November 26 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall (PCA-107)
Free and open to the public

November 28 | NVC Honors Recital: Serena Hernandez and Selicia Prez (MUSIC)

Bon Voyage from Paris to Rom

Dr. Minkyung Lee is excited to host the honors recital for students who are selected because they have gone above and beyond in their studies for this special recital showcase. Soprano Serena Hernandez and Soprano Selicia Prez will be performing art songs and duets by F. Poulenc, F. Lehar, R. Schumann, and opera arias by W. A. Mozart.

NVC Honors Recital - Voice event

Wednesday, November 28 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall (PCA-107)
Free and open to the public

December 1 | Vista Dances (DANCE)

Vista Dances
The NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble in Concert
Featuring Choreography by Faculty, Students & Guest Artists

Vista Dance Rep

Featuring choreography from guest artist Alyson Dolan

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Alyson Dolan
 was recognized by The Austin Chronicle as a “key modern mover” for the “stamina, concentration, and big jar of real that she brings to the potluck”. As a dance artist and avid collaborator, she has presented her choreography at festivals, theaters, schools, parks, islands, and creeks throughout the country. Alyson was Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance from 2012-2014 and continues to create work with the Florida-based company on a project basis, and regularly presents her work in Austin. She has received two Austin Critics Table awards (Outstanding Dancer 2014, Outstanding Duet 2015), as well as the Jerry MacLauchlin Best in Fest award (254 Dance-Fest). Dolan is on faculty at St. Edward’s University and Hamrick/Warren, a professional modern dance studio housed at Cafe Dance. She has also served on the dance faculty at Texas State University, St. Petersburg College, and Booker High School (Sarasota, FL) as well as fulfilled multiple teaching and choreographic residencies. Alyson admires the originality of Austin’s artists and feels honored when given the opportunity to add to the spread.

Saturday, December 1 at 8pm
Palmetto Theatre

$5 - ACCD Students / Faculty / Staff
$5 - Students: K-12 & Higher Education
$8 - Senior / Military
$10 - General

December 5 | Concert Choir Outdoor Party (MUSIC)

NVC Pops Concert on the Patio!
12:45pm • CCC Patio

Come and celebrate the last week of the fall semester with NVC Concert Choir’s Outdoor Performance. Vista’s exciting concert choir performs the medley from the award winning Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, Listen from the hit movie, Dreamgirls, Shawn Kirchner’s Unclouded Day, and Craig Hella Johnson’s I Love you/What a Wonderful World and more.

December 8 | ExtravaDanza (DANCE)

Recital showcasing all Fall 2018 NVC dance classes

Presented by the NVC Dance Program: performances feature ballet, jazz, ballroom, swing, modern and contemporary styles.

Swing dancers

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Palmetto Theatre

Each Program $5
More details TBA

About Palmetto

The Palmetto Center for the Arts opened in 2009 as a product of community leadership, vision and unwavering determination to bring fine and performing arts to the Northwest area of San Antonio. The arts complex offers the finest facility and programs to those who join us in celebrating the arts.

The fine and performing arts programs at Northwest Vista College engage students and enrich their skills needed to give life to creative impulses—on stage, in the studio, and in the concert hall. Our emerging artists interact and learn from community professionals and visiting artists from across the country and abroad. 

Our Goal

We believe that the arts have always been and always will be a meaningful force in human life. Northwest Vista College is dedicated to making the arts a living presence within our neighboring communities. Art lovers who support the development of artists help to enrich the human experience. 

Our goal is to cultivate the imagination and technical skills of artists who will reinvigorate existing works and create new masterpieces that will grip the heart and thrill the mind. We welcome the diversity that sustains our community and empowers our voice through art and artistry. 


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We are excited to welcome you, your family and friends to the Palmetto Center for the Arts!

The Palmetto Box Office generally opens for ticket sales 1 hour before a production/event start time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

How can I purchase event tickets?

We accept cash and credit cards at the Box office.

ACCD students, faculty and staff enjoy $5.00 Admission.
All students (K-12 and Higher Education) enjoy $5.00 Admission.

Please check the Palmetto Calendar of Events listing for specific ticket sales on each event as the price varies for general admission. Some events have free admission.

Everyone attending a performance must have a ticket for admission into the theatre, including infants. Due to fire safety regulation, strollers are not allowed inside the theatre.

May I bring food and drinks with me to the show?

Food and drinks are not allowed inside the theatres. Occasionally, student or faculty/staff organizations provide or sell concessions in the lobby. We ask that you please refrain from bringing any food or drink inside the theatres. Thank you.

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