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By Lookout Staff

October 25, 2016 -- Santa Monica College will offer a bill featuring opera, jazz and Bach next month showcasing some of the college's top music students, SMC officials announced Monday.

The concerts kick off Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert at the Braod stage benefiting SMC's Applied Music Program, which fosters the development of outstanding instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers, officials said.

Janelle DeStefano and Brian Driscoll will direct the students. Tickets are $10.

On Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage, James Martin will conduct the SMC Symphony Orchestra in a program that includes Bach’s Suite #3, commonly known as "Air for the G string," and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

For the fourth year n a row, a selection of highly talented youth soloists from the Westside Music Foundation will join the orchestra, which is celebrating its 31st year, organizers said. Tickets are $10.

SMC Opera Theatre, under the artistic Director Gail Gordon, will offer a performance of "selected highlights from a variety of operas, presented in fully staged scenes," organizers said.

On Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage: SMC Opera Theatre. Artistic Director Gail Gordon leads the SMC Opera Theatre in a performance of selected highlights from a variety of operas, presented in fully staged scenes. Tickets are $10.

Jazz will be in the ar on Sunday, November 20 when conductor Frederick Keith Fiddmontat leads the SMC Jazz Band at 2 p.m. in The Broad Stage.

The ensemble will tackle "some of the challenging arrangements originally written for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, organizers said. Renowned jazz drummer Joe LaBarbera –- who played with legendary pianist Bill Evans and singer Tony Bennett –- will join the band. Tickets are $10.

The month will conclude on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 26 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 27 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet, a staple during the holiday season in The Broad Stage.

"The SMC Symphony once again partners with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday extravaganza featuring falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows," organizers said.

The production is made possible with support from Santa Monica College, the SMC Public Policy Institute and the City of Santa Monica, and is part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium. (See for ticket details.)

The Broad Stage is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center at Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.

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

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