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March 7, 2018 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) this month will feature everything from intimate jazz and symphonic grandeur to "socially conscious" choral music as part of its spring concert series.

The March concerts kick off this Friday with a performance by the Connie Han Trio at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

Han, a 21-year-old pianist whose star is quickly rising in the jazz world has been featured in Keyboard magazine and has performed for audiences around the world, including at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival. Tickets are $10.

The concerts continue Tuesday, March 13 with a "Socially Conscious Choral Music Reading Session" co-hosted by the SMC Choral Department and Chorosynthesis at 7 p.m. at the Edye.

The audience is invited to "sing selections of the new music that is spurring profound conversations and making waves with its socially conscious relevance and inherent compositional quality," event organizers said.

A music packet and list of resources for finding socially conscious music will be provided. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Complimentary tickets are available at the SMC Music Office (PAC 211) or by advance reservation through Jeremiah Selvey (

On Thursday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m. in The Edye, SMC Music Professor Jeremiah Selvey will be joined by Wendy Moy, director of choral activities at Connecticut College, for a presentation titled “Empowering Silenced Voices.”

The presentation focuses "on the birth and development of the 'Empowering Silenced Voices' movement, which uses music to give a literal and figurative voice to the disenfranchised, unheard, and silenced voices of our time," organizers said.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Complimentary tickets are available at the SMC Music Office (PAC 211).

On Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, the SMC Wind Ensemble under the baton of Kevin McKeown will celebrate American composer Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday.

The concerrts feature the music of Shostakovich’s “Finale” from Symphony No. 5, a new transcription of Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home” and Bernstein’s “Candide Suite.” Tickets are $10.

The March concerts conclude Wednesday, March 28 with a performnce by the SMC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Stoneat at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage.

"The cool and hot SMC Symphony" presents "the Nordic beauty of Sibelius' placid and pastoral Sixth Symphony. Contrasting will be Tchaikovsky's fire and flash in his sizzling hot Mediterranean “Capriccio Italien,” organizers said. Tickets are $10.

For tickets and information, visit or call (310) 434-3005 or (310) 434-4323.


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