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OCC Symphony to kick off Spring Season with music from classic Broadway shows

The Orange Coast College Symphony and Orchestra will present a concert of music from well-known Broadway shows at their spring opener, “The Sound of Broadway,” on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

The OCC Symphony will partner with Dr. Michael Miller for the concert, which will feature orchestral medleys and songs from classics such as Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat” (1927), George Gershwin’s “Song of the Flame” (1925) and Cole Porter’s “Fifty Million Frenchmen” (1929). Miller is a math instructor and University of California, Los Angeles and director of the Operetta Foundation, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of musical theatre and operetta material. He will join OCC Symphony conductor Maxim Kuzin on stage to talk about the Broadway shows and songs featured, including their history, composers, lyricists and storylines.

“This concert will feature a selection of music that one will not likely otherwise hear, all in fabulous orchestrations for a full symphony orchestra,” says Kuzin. “These arrangements are so rare that some of them are not even available for rent anywhere in the world.”

The concert also will feature two OCC vocal students, Victoria Pau and Wendi Regalado, who will sing Richard Rodgers’ captivating “My Heart Stood Still” (1927) and Victor Herbert’s enchanting “Kiss Me Again” (1905), respectively.

“It will be a truly memorable and unique evening — a rare treat!” says Kuzin.

Tickets for the show run $10 for students and $15 for the general public, and are available on www.occtickets.com or at the door.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.

This article was released by Orange Coast College.