Choirs perform next week at MontBleu |

Choirs perform next week at MontBleu

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune The Tahoe Elementary School Choir rehearses for the Holiday Extravaganza, which will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 in the MontBleu Circus Maximus showroom.

More than 350 singers will participate in the MontBleu Holiday Extravaganza, which will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 in the MontBleu Circus Maximus showroom.

The 13th annual show at the Stateline casino consists of choirs in grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 as well as a faculty/parent choir. Included is the award-winning Blue Ribbon Classical Choir and the new South Tahoe Middle School Advanced Choir.

The show also will feature selected performers from the Marcia Sarosik Shining Stars dance troupe. The Robinson String Ensemble will entertain guests before the show at 6:20 p.m., and the faculty/parent choir will welcome guests by singing as patrons enter the showroom.

Admission is $8 general, $5 for students and seniors and free for children younger than 5. Tickets will be available at the door.

Some of the highlighted songs include: “No School Tomorrow” and “Holiday Ho-Ho-Hoedown,” by the elementary students; “We Wish You” and “Candles of Hanukkah,” by the middle school choir; “Gonna Catch That Santa,” by the high school choir; and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Sleigh Bells,” by the Blue Ribbon Choir.

The finale, which will include “Santa’s on His Way Medley” and “Yuletide Rhythm,” will feature all 12 local choirs with full choreography.

— The Blue Ribbon Classical Choir is the most advanced choir in the entire program. It is an all “treble” (female) choir featuring the best-trained singers with the most singing experience. The choir was founded by Paul S. Kushner and William T. Days in 1997. The choir has performed all over Northern California and Nevada for more than 10 years, performing the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants for three consecutive years. They have won top honors in music competition in past years, sweeping all three first-place awards in spring 2007. The choir also performs all over the Tahoe area at schools and churches and for charitable and community organizations. For booking information, contact Kushner at (530) 541-4111, ext. 267, after 1:15 p.m., or e-mail him at

— The South Tahoe High School Choir is an open choir class led by Bob Grant, and the STHS Advanced Choir is an auditioned group chosen from the same choir class.

— The South Tahoe Middle School Honor Choir was started in 2000. The choir consists of auditioned middle school-aged singers from both South Tahoe and Kingsbury middle schools as well as some home-schooled students. Kushner and Days next started the STMS Advanced Choir, taking the 30 most-talented singers and forming a separate choir that performs throughout the Tahoe area. In the spring of 2008, the directors will begin the Red Robbins, a group of 20 to 25 of the best singers of middle school age from both California and Nevada schools. They will tour the area and head to competition in the Bay Area.

— The Tahoe Elementary Honor Choir, led by Kushner and Day, was founded in the fall of 1995 and continues to shine every year as the holiday season nears. The TEHC consists of auditioned singers form grades 3, 4 and 5 drawn from all elementary schools in the South Tahoe area, both California and Nevada. A dream of Kushner’s came together in 1991, starting with “The 12 Kids of Christmas.” This group eventually grew to 220 choir members. The students are taught all about singing, choreography and stage presence.

Each year, the choirs all come together to perform a the mega-show Holiday Extravaganza in a Stateline showroom.

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