Bear River’s ‘Festival Showcase’ is tonight |

Bear River’s ‘Festival Showcase’ is tonight

Two award-winning performing musical ensembles from Bear River High School will sing at The Center For the Arts tonight.

Jazz Unlimited, the popular vocal jazz ensemble, and Starlite Express, the energetic show choir, will present their competition sets to the community.

Jazz Unlimited will perform a standard jazz repertoire with some new great twists by arranger Kerry Marsh, director of jazz studies at CSU, Sacramento. This 12-voice group has amazingly tight vocal harmonies, terrific jazz improvisations and magnetic energy. They are in high demand for performances throughout the county and consistently receive top ratings at festivals they attend. A four-piece student instrumental jazz ensemble provides accompaniment.

Starlite Express is a high-energy, song-and-dance troupe of 31 dedicated and talented students. This auditioned group meets daily throughout the school year to rehearse and develop its competition set. They perform aboard cruise ships, at statewide conventions, and at Disneyland. This year’s flashy and high-energy Starlite set takes the audience on a fantasy musical tour of Las Vegas, Hollywood, and New York City with energetic singing, dancing, stunts and creative costumes throughout.

The two groups will travel to Reno and Redding later this month for competitions with schools from throughout California and bordering states.

All seats are reserved and ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors at the Bear River High School student store (268-3700); Tickets will be $12 at the door.

The Center for the Arts is located at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

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