SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Tom Whaley

310-450-8338, ext. 287

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2002

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Presents

The 53rd Annual Stairway of the Stars

WHAT: 53rd Annual Stairway of the Stars Concert

WHEN: March 21 - 22, 2002 - 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

The Fine Arts Department of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District presents the District's 53rd Annual Stairway of the Stars concert on March 21 and 22nd. This year's theme is "Let Music Unite Us."

The guest conductor and this year's award recipient is former Santa Monica High School student, Edwin Outwater. Mr. Outwater has recently been appointed resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Wattis Foundation music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is also associate guest conductor of the Florida Philharmonic, where he will conduct several subscription programs, and inaugurate the orchestra's new "Starlight Series." Originally from Santa Monica, California, Mr. Outwater attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993 with a degree in English Literature.

Among the varied ensembles that will perform at this year's concert are, the All-District Honor Orchestra, middle school orchestras, bands and choirs, high school jazz bands, wind ensembles and madrigals. Some of the musical selections this year include, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Adijo Kerida, Procession of the Nobles, Caravan, and a very special Finale.

Tickets cost $10.00 and sales to the general public begins on March 11 at Washington West, Teacher Center, 2802 Fourth Street, Santa Monica.

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SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

1651 16TH Street, Santa Monica 90404 310-450-8338 Fax 310-581-1138