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Laguna Beach High and Thurston Winter Student Concerts Coming Up

Jazz, choral and dance groups all have shows on the agenda.

Story submitted by Laguna Beach Unified School District:

This December, the Laguna Beach High School Performing Arts Department is presenting several action-packed, crowd-pleasing concerts at the Laguna Beach High School Artists Theatre, 625 Park Avenue.

On December 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., see the LBHS Dance Department program, Essence, featuring a talented group of professional and student choreographers who join the high school’s Dance Director, Lisa Jay, and Assistant Dance Director, Danielle Pigneri. Professional choreographers include Leann Alduenda, Erika Fernandez, Darrien Henning, and Michael Perez. Student choreographers for the program are Natalee Palmer and Karina Parker. Tickets for the dance concert are $8 students, $15 general/adult admission and

$20 for reserved seats. The Artists Theatre box office phone number is (949) 497-7769.

On Monday, December 17, see the Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School Winter Instrumental Concert. The middle school’s String Ensemble, Junior Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band perform at 6:00 p.m.. At 8:00 p.m., the high school’s String Ensemble, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble perform.

The jazz bands are performing classic material from the American songbook, as well as an original by student composer, Kenji Lee.

Instrumental Music Director Jeremy Chung is conducting the schools’ string and wind ensembles, as well as the junior and concert bands. Jazz Director Roger Shew is conducting the jazz bands.

On Thursday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. see the Winter Vocal Concert featuring the Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School Singers. Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School Choral Musical Director Roxanna Ward is directing the concert.

Superintendent Sherine Smith remarks, “I encourage our community members to attend these wonderful student performances. Their talent is first rate and you won’t want to miss out!”

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