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November 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) will ring in a December filled with music when it presents its seasonal performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet, college officials announced Thursday.

Once again, the SMC Symphony will partner with the Westside Ballet for an annual “holiday extravaganza featuring falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows,” officials said.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, organizers said.

The production, which is part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium, is produced with support from the Institute, Santa Monica College, Associated Students of SMC and the City of Santa Monica. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at

Also on Thursday, December 3 at 11:15 a.m., renowned guitarist/vocalist Terry Carter and SMC guitar students will perform Classic Rock, Pop, Blues, and Reggae in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center.

Complimentary tickets are available at the SMC Music Office in Room 211 of the Performing Arts Center, officials said.

On Saturday, December 5 at 4 p.m. in The Edye the SMC Chamber Choir will perform under the direction of Brian Driscoll in a concert of a cappella and accompanied choral works that include Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass” and an eclectic assortment of shorter seasonal gems. Tickets are $10.

The beat shifts on Thursday, December 10 at 11:15 a.m. when conductor Megumi Smith leads the SMC Percussion Ensemble in a “creative, unique performance of percussion music covering a variety of styles,” officials said.

Complimentary tickets for the recital in The Edye are available at the SMC Music Office.

Renowned guest artists will join the SMC Jazz Band when it explores the music of Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson and others on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage.

Conducted by Keith Fiddmont, the ensemble will perform “jazz band arrangements from the masters, as well as contemporary works from aspiring composers and arrangers,” organizers said.. (Tickets are $10.)

A double helping of concerts will be served on Sunday, December 13 with a performance by the Emeritus College Concert Band under the baton of Yosuke Miyoshi at 2 p.m., followed by an evening of seasonal music by the SMC Wind Ensemble conducted by Kevin McKeown at 5 p.m. Both free performances are at The Broad Stage. For ticket details call (310) 434-4306.

Two separate concerts also will take place in separate venues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16. In The Edye, advanced voice students from the SMC Vocal Department will perform classical, jazz, musical theater and contemporary commercial songs under the direction of Dennis Parnell. Tickets are $10.

In The Broad Stage, the SMC Concert Chorale under the baton of Jeffe Huls will perform works by J.S. Bach and the “Misa Criolla” by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez, as well as the popular traditional holiday sing-a-long. Tickets are $10.

The month of music will be topped off Friday, December 18, when the SMC Opera Theatre Workshop celebrates the holidays with a performance of selected highlights from a variety of operas in fully staged scenes under Artistic Director Gail Gordon. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage. Tickets are $10.

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