Music Is In The Air At Santa Monica College In June

Events Include Torroba’s “Luisa Fernanda” Zarzuela

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 6:27:00 PM

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica College Music

Department is pleased to present a variety of spring concerts in June in The

Broad Stage or The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica

Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica). The concerts include a fully staged

production of “Luisa Fernanda,” one of the 20th century’s great zarzuelas

(Spanish operas).

The June concerts are:

• Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. in The Broad

Stage: SMC Wind Ensemble. Conducted

by Kevin McKeown, the ensemble’s annual exciting, lighthearted “Pops” concert

showcases the most memorable music from film, TV, and the Broadway stage. All

ages are welcome! (Tickets are $10.)

• Tuesday, June 3 at 11:15 a.m. in The

Edye: Piano Ensemble Recital. Directed

by Dr. David Goodman, SMC’s advanced piano students reveal the uniqueness and

diversity of four-hand piano and piano duo repertoire. Guaranteed to be more

than twice as fun as solo piano performances! (FREE. Complimentary tickets are

available at the SMC Music Office in Room 211 of the Performing Arts Center.)

• Thursday, June 5 at 11:15 a.m. in The

Edye: SMC Percussion Ensemble Recital.

Conductor Matthew Altmire leads the ensemble in a creative, unique performance

of percussion music, covering a variety of styles. Free. (Complimentary tickets

are available at the SMC Music Office in Room 211 of the Performing Arts

Center.)

• Thursday, Friday, & Saturday,

June 5, 6, & 7 at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage: SMC Opera Theatre & SMC Symphony: “Luisa Fernanda.” Directed by

Janelle DeStefano and James Martin, SMC Opera and SMC Symphony Orchestra

combine forces to present a fully costumed production of one of the 20th

century’s great zarzuelas (Spanish operas) – Federico Moreno Torroba’s “Luisa Fernanda,” a tale of love, rivalry, and politics in

the revolutionary atmosphere of mid-19th century Spain – in Spanish with

English supertitles. (Tickets $20/$15.)

• Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m. in The Broad

Stage: SMC Jazz Band. Conducted by Keith

Fiddmont, the ensemble performs arrangements from the masters, as well as

contemporary works from aspiring composers and arrangers. Renowned guest

artists will join the band to explore the music of Duke Ellington, Oliver

Nelson, and others. (Tickets are $10.)

• Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in The

Broad Stage: SMC Concert Chorale. Conducted

by Jeffe Huls, the ensemble performs a concert featuring Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G,” as well as a number of smaller works,

including contemporary compositions and African-American spirituals. (Tickets

are $10.)

For tickets and information, please go to www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or call (310) 434-3005

or (310) 435-4323.

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