Who We Are
Sunset Cultural Center, Inc. (SCC) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation that was formed in October of 2003 to manage the historic Sunset Center. What began as a public school in 1926 has been transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts center with an intimate 718 seats, stunning gothic architecture and incredible acoustics. Under the mantle of Sunset Presents, we bring a wide range of truly world-class performances and live events including global music, comedy, rock shows, theatre and dance. We pride ourselves on programming a lineup with diversity, sophistication and star-power.
Our venue is also home to our historic presenting partners – the Monterey Symphony, Carmel Music Society, Chamber Music Monterey Bay and the renowned Carmel Bach Festival. In keeping with our role as the cultural heart of Carmel, our facility is also home to the offices of the Arts Council for Monterey County, the Center for Photographic Art, the Forest Theatre Guild, Dancekids of Monterey Bay and the Yoga Center of Carmel. A number of high-profile annual events are held at the Sunset Center, including the Carmel Art & Film Festival, the Carmel Author’s and Ideas Festival and the beloved Nutcracker from Dancekids of Monterey Bay.
SCC 2012 Board of Trustees
David S. Parker - Chair
Our mission is to serve as a multi-purpose gathering place that enriches, educates, inspires and entertains Monterey County residents and visitors by presenting performances, visual arts, educational programs and hosting public and private events.
SCC Operating Principles:
Carmel Music Society Presents "Classic and Contemporary Holidays" with Opera San Jose
Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 pm Dance Kids Presents The Nutcracker (Night One)
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm Dance Kids Presents The Nutcracker (Night Two)
Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 pm Dance Kids Presents The Nutcracker (Matinee)
Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Elizabeth Wallfisch and David Breitman
Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm Luis Bravo's Forever Tango
Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00 pm Chef Robert Irvine Live!
Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 pm The Irish Rovers
Friday, January 31 at 8:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents Trio Cavatina with Samuel Rhodes
Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents The Gryphon Trio
Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 pm Zappa Plays Zappa: Tour de Frank
Thursday, February 6 at 8:00 pm Ethan Russell: Best Seat in the House
Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 pm TAO: The Art of the Drum
Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 pm Ottmar Liebert
Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Innovation"
Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 pm Studio 105 Cabaret Presents: Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Musica Pacifica Baroque Ensemble
Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 pm Ailey II Dance Company
Friday, March 7 at 8:00 pm Merle Haggard
Sunday, March 9 at 7:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents Catalyst Quartet
Friday, March 14 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Insight"
Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 pm Smuin Ballet: XXTREMES
Friday, March 28 at 8:00 pm 1964...The Tribute
Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 pm Broadway's Next H!t Musical
Friday, April 11 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Louis Lortie, Piano
Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
Thursday, April 17 at 8:00 pm Los Lonely Boys
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm MANDY PATINKIN: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on Piano
Wednesday, April 23 at 8:00 pm "Mystery Edition" Presented by Carmel Public Library Foundation
Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents St. Lawrence String Quartet with Jessica Rivera
Friday, April 25 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Reflection"
Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents David Finckel and Wu Han
Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 pm John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
Thursday, May 8 at 8:00 pm Monterey Symphony presents "Splendor"
Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 pm The Four Freshmen GALA EVENT
Saturday, May 24 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents Michael Noble - Winner of Carmel Music Society's 2013 Piano Competition
Friday, May 30 at 8:00 pm Carmel Music Society Presents 2014 Instrumental Competition
Saturday, May 31 at 12:00 pm Smuin Ballet: XXCENTRIC
Friday, June 6 at 8:00 pm