to perform at Disney Hall

The Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra has been chosen by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to open the Sounds About Town concert series for the 2005-2006 season.

The Santa Monica High group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 19th, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., in downtown Los Angeles.

Sounds About Town is a series of four concerts that provides youth ensembles the opportunity to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Tom Whaley, school district fine arts director, said that the district’s well known program, along with other reasons, such as the school orchestra’s numerous awards and the City of Santa Monica’s dedication to supporting the arts, encouraged the Philharmonic Association to choose the Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra for the opening concert.

Performances by the Santa Monica High School group will include the “Procession of the Nobles” from Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada, the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 17, Little Russian.

Tickets are $16 to $37 at (323) 850-2000 or at www.laphil.com

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