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Back by popular demand, this November the College of the Canyons music department will present the fan favorite concert event “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II.”

This year’s expanded performance will include performances by the college’s Jazz Combo band and the Studio Jazz Ensemble. The concert will include many popular tunes from the WWII era, including “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Little Brown Jug.”

The groups will perform under the direction of COC music director KC Manji and be accompanied on stage by guest singer, Katherine Lench-Meyering.

Lench-Meyering’s professional experience includes performances at the Hollywood Bowl alongside tenors Sergio Franchi and Placido Domingo in the Tony Award-winning musical “Nine” and in “Goya: A Life in Song,” respectively. She also played the lead role in the fall 2011 COC theatre production of  “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

“Both of the bands are really looking forward to this concert because it truly represents the big band swing era style, which is the basis for our jazz ensemble,” said Manji. “Katherine’s song-style, stage presence and singing ability will add a nice touch to this year’s concert, that I’m sure all audiences will enjoy.

“Katherine is a treasure, and working with her for this performance has been a fantastic experience,” added Manji.

The concert event “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.

For more information about the COC music department’s presentation of “Musical Jazz Band Sounds of World War II” or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at 661-362-5304 or visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.

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