Holiday Season Showcases SMC Talent

It's that time of the year again -- concerts, dance recitals, plays! As the semester winds down and the holidays approach, Saint Mary’s is alive with music and performances that showcase the strength of our Performing Arts Department and the talents of our students.

The season kicked off with a Student Recital in Hagerty Lounge of music by Dvorak, Bach, Janacek and Lou Harrison.

Listen to the string quintet perform Dvorak's String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77, in the video at the end of this story.  

On November 17-18, the SMC Jazz Band, joined by vocalist Paige Palmer, presented two concerts of up-tempo numbers, tender ballads, blues, swing and salsa. John Maltester, recently inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame, directed. 

On November 18-20, "June in a Box," a play by famed playwright Octavio Solis, premiered at LeFevre Theatre. Solis attended the November 18 performance for a conversation with the audience and book signing. 

Read the San Jose Mercury News' glowing review of the production.

On November 27-28, the Glee Club and Chamber Singers, directed by Julie Ford, presented a program of sacred music and holiday favorites at the annual Holiday Concerts in the Chapel.

On November 30, hundreds of members of the Saint Mary's community packed the Soda Center's Claeys Lounge to hear SMC voice students present Songs for a New World: Voice of Broadway

Here are some other upcoming concerts and performing arts events that you won’t want to miss!

Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3. The SMC Dance Company will present a student concert of original choreography by dance students, "Origins of Self,"  at 8 p.m. in LeFevre Theatre. Free.

Monday and Tuesday, December 5-6. "Oh No! Inferno," a dramatic reading starring students, faculty and members of the Quixotic Players. 7:30 p.m. in Hagerty Lounge. The play, written by Marie Dana '12,  was the winner of this year's UNDO IT script contest.

Tuesday, December 6, at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, December 7, at 1 p.m. SMC Chamber Musicians will perform in the Chapel. Free.