Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) is preparing for another exciting season of performances, both on and off campus. Free concerts, guest artists, and Tony-award winning shows are some of what you can expect in the Thomas Kinkade Center for the Arts throughout the year.
Archbishop Mitty has an award-winning music program, recognized for both instrumental and choral music, traditional and jazz. These groups perform on campus throughout the school year, beginning with the annual Java and Jazz concert on September 25 in the Aymar Events Center. Java and Jazz is put on by Jazz in the AM (jazz band) and Kind of Blue (jazz choir), and features works by the full group as well as solos performed by seniors throughout the evening. That concert is followed by performances by the Orchestra and the Concert Choir at the Fall Concert. Both groups have been recognized by the California Music Education Association (CMEA) over the past years, so this is not a concert to be missed. All of the Archbishop Mitty musical groups perform during the Christmas holidays at two different Christmas Concerts on December 2nd and 9th. To top off the first semester, Kind of Blue and Jazz in the AM are joined by Exodus – our liturgical rock group – to perform in downtown San José at Christmas in the Park on December 11.
The second semester features two performances with guest artists from southern California. On February 4, the comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy travels from Los Angeles to perform with our sketch comedy group Pardon My French. This will be the third time the groups have teamed up, and prior performances saw sold-out audiences laughing the night away. This is not a show to be missed!
In April, Jazz in the AM teams up with the West Valley Jazz Band to perform an evening of jazz with Sal Lozano, one of southern California’s first call saxophone players. In addition to his work with the Grammy-winning Big Phat Band, Sal has regularly performed with both the Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and Academy Awards orchestras. Sal has also recorded with Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder. Sal will be in the Bay Area April 9th to perform with both big bands on the AMHS campus in the Thomas Kinkade Center for the Arts.
Archbishop Mitty has become one of the distinguished Bay Area high schools when it comes to theatrical performances, and this year will be no exception. A year after winning eight National Youth Theater Awards, Archbishop Mitty will feature three fantastic productions not to be missed, starting in October with the classic novel turned into a musical, Little Women. In January, the farce Boeing Boeing will land in the Archbishop Mitty theater. Finally, in commemoration with the 25th anniversary of the film, Archbishop Mitty will proudly present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The shows feature some of the best students in Bay Area theater; so don’t miss the future of Broadway while they are here in our backyard.
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