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The Stairway of Stars choir concert was held Friday night at Barnum Hall. A band concert will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 while an orchestra concert will be held this Thursday, Feb. 13.
Photo by D'Lynn Waldron
The Stairway of Stars choir concert was held Friday night at Barnum Hall. A band concert will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 while an orchestra concert will be held this Thursday, Feb. 13.

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

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.

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:45 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

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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