Stairway of the Stars spotlights Santa Monica-Malibu student musicians
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 64th Annual Stairway of the Stars at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8.
This year’s event features 26 bands, orchestras and choirs.
Stairway of the Stars remains one of the most popular annual events in both the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu, as it spotlights the talents of the district’s music students, teachers, and music curriculum, school officials said.
In previous years, Stairway of the Stars was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Thursday and Friday evenings, but due to the Civic’s recent closure, the event is being held at Barnum Hall.
The March 7 performance will include the elementary, middle and high school bands, while the March 8 concert includes the middle and high school choir. Overall, there are about 1,000 student performers involved in the event.
This year’s Stairway concert will focus on the choir program, and the guest conductor for the performance will be Dr. Chris Peterson.
Peterson is a professor of music at California State University-Fullerton, where he directs the concert choir, the Titan men’s chorus, and teaches classes in choral music education. He was named the 2010-11 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Additionally, the district’s 23 music teachers nominate and vote on the “Stairway Honor Award Recipient” each year. The award, which recognizes a former student, teacher or organization that has contributed to the advancement of music and arts education in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, will be presented to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica for 2013.
Tickets are $15 and available at the Barnum Hall box office on the night of each performance starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold only for same-day shows.
Santa Monica High School is at 601 Pico Blvd.