Student choir marks 10 years |

Student choir marks 10 years

Celebrating its 10th year in existence, the locally renown Tahoe Elementary Honor Choir will perform in the annual Caesars Holiday Extravaganza Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. both days on stage at Caesars Tahoe Circus Maximus showroom. The choir is directed by Paul Kushner and William Days.

The choir, while also marking its seventh year at Caesars, will be joined by the South Tahoe Middle School Honor Choir, South Tahoe High School combined and advanced choirs, St. Theresa Hand Bell Choir and the Robinson Violin Orchestra. For the grand finale, there will be more than 300 performers on stage.

The award-winning Blue Ribbon Classical Choir will make a special guest appearance in the show. Having taken first place as the top women’s chorus on the west coast in their age bracket for two consecutive years, the Blue Ribbon Classical Choir features 16 girls whose combined experience boasts more than 700 concerts. They perform all over Northern California and Nevada.

The Tahoe Elementary Honor Choir began at Meyers Elementary School in 1991 with “The 12 Kids of Christmas,” who were all students in Kushner’s third-grade class. The choir rapidly grew to include all five local elementary schools on the California side and, over the years, it has expanded into a choir with more than 230 third, fourth and fifth graders. Days joined Kushner in 1995 and does all the musical arranging while sharing the directing duties. The choir features youths from six different elementary school programs: Tahoe Valley, Sierra House, Bijou, St. Theresa School, Tahoe Montessori and local home school students.

Tickets are $7 general admission and $4 for students and seniors, while children under 5 years of age are free. Tickets are available from school offices, the box office on show nights, and from Kushner and Days.

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