For many years, the organization staged concerts in a variety of Pacifica locations–a community center, a neighborhood firehouse, an Episcopal church. Here is how we evolved over the years:
- 1976: Pacifica Performances is founded as the Pacifica Arts and Heritage Council, which assists with art shows, sponsors art, dance, poetry, and calligraphy classes, and provides a meeting place for various community arts groups. Over time, many of these activities are absorbed by the Pacifica Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department.
- 1996: A group of visual artists renovates a former school building scheduled for demolition. This becomes the Sanchez Art Center. Pacifica Performances subsequently secures the rights to develop the former school’s multi-purpose room into a 175-seat concert hall with adjoining large kitchen and office space.
- 1997: Pacifica Performances operations moves into the Center.
- 1998: Packard Foundation provides a grant to build a new stage and install professional lighting equipment in our Concert Hall.
- 2001: Pacifica Arts and Heritage Council is officially renamed Pacifica Performances and negotiates a ten-year lease with the City.
- 2001-2002: Pacifica Performances decides to sponsor a cappella vocal ensemble Pacifica Seaside Singers and local jazz band SanJazz.
- 2009: Sanchez Concert Hall is renamed Mildred Owen Concert Hall, in honor of our founding Artistic Director and SanJazz Band takes the name, Mojazz.
- 2009: Morning Nichols takes on position of Artistic Director for Pacifica Performances.
- 2010: Pacifica Performances renews lease with City for another 10 years.
- 2010: Pacifica Performances joins the newly organized Pacifica Center for the Arts
- 2011: Rotary Club of Pacifica begins installation of outdoor Plaza as a gift to Pacifica, that now graces the entrance to our hall.
In recent years, we have updated our sound equipment, purchased a wonderful Baldwin concert grand piano, re-floored the entire hall and replaced our chairs with new, comfortable ones. Donations from members, friends and various small grants have made these things possible.
Rotary Club of Pacifica installed an outdoor Plaza as a gift to Pacifica, that now graces the entrance to our hall.
Today our focus is bringing live performance to our community.
Board of Directors and Officers:
Morning Nichols – Artistic Director
Don Rowell – Board Chair & Technical
Jim Nichols – Vice Chair & Maintenance
Marilyn Halloran – Secretary and Hospitality
Ruth Weiller – Treasurer, Rental Liaison
Lee Fernandez – Hospitality Chair
Rick Halloran – Maintenance, Sound
Tom O’Toole – House Manager/Sound Tech
Kay Stern – Classical Booker
Jorg Rudig – Maintenance
Kat Ilvedson – Office Manager
Mildred Owen (1926 – 2009) – Founding Artistic Director
Examples of featured artists (in no particular order):
- Jazz & Blues:
Bud E. Luv
Wesla Whitfield & Mike Greensill
Jim & Morning Nichols
Larry Dunlap & Bobbe Norris
Hot Club of San Francisco
- World and Dance:
Ed Johnson & Novo Temp
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Asia & Arabesque Belly Dance Troupe
Matthew Laurence Edwards
Russian Chamber Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along
Chamber Music – Members of S.F. Opera Orchestra
- Guitar Series:
Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder
- Bluegrass, Country & Folk:
County Line Trio
- Drama, Comedy & Word:
S.F. Mime Troupe
Word for Word
The Vagina Monologues
SF Shakespeare Festival
Poet Laureate Robert Haas
Pacifica Poetry Festival