One Stairway Of Stars Concert Complete, Two More To Go This Week

Sunday, 9 Feb 2014, 9:45:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Dr. Albert McNeil receives his award for being a Stairway Guest Conductor on Friday night.
Photo by D'Lynn Waldron
Dr. Albert McNeil receives his award for being a Stairway Guest Conductor on Friday night.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will continue its 65th

Annual Stairway of Stars concert series this Tuesday and Thursday nights at Barnum Hall on

the campus of Santa Monica High School.

The three-part concert series began on Friday night.

The concert series features a total of 26 choirs, bands, and

orchestras, many of which include students from all 16 schools that make

up the district.

Naturally, these performances will highlight the

talents of music students and teachers as well as the quality of the

music curriculum.

The evenings, which all begin at 7 pm, opened Friday night night (a choir

concert) while a band concert will be held Tuesday and an orchestra

concert Thursday.

The ensembles that are set the perform include the All-District

Elementary Honor Choir and Middle and High School Choirs, the

Elementary, Middle, and High School Bands and Jazz Bands, and the

Elementary, Middle and High School Orchestras.

More than 1,100 out of the 5,000 student musicians in the school district will be performing at the Stairway concerts this year.

The guest conductor on Friday night was Dr. Albert J. McNeil.

Dr. McNeil is the Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of

California, Davis and the founder of the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, a

traveling ensemble. Nell Walker and Michael Wright, who are both part

of the Jubilee Singers, were guest soloists.

For more information about the concert series, visit www.BarnumHall.org.

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