“Nite on the Town” will support Yosemite High music department

Tickets are going fast for Yosemite High School’s Seventh Annual “Nite on the Town,” a musical extravaganza to raise funds for the school’s music department. The event will be held 7-9 p.m., this Saturday in the YHS gymnasium, which will magically be transformed into a concert hall for the night.

“This event has become a tradition at Yosemite High that the community looks forward to every year,” said YHS Band Director Francisco Marquez. “This is a pretty classy event, and we encourage the community to play ‘dress-up,’ and get ready to be entertained by some great musical talent at Yosemite High School. Last year the crowd exceeded 450.”

About 30 numbers will be presented by the Yosemite band, jazz band, advanced percussion, concert choir, brass ensemble, chamber singers, wind ensemble, and soloists on four stages during the evening.

Musical numbers will include “Selections from Les Miserables,” by the wind ensemble, “The Pink Panther,” by the saxophone quartet, and “The Jigs Are Up,” by the flute ensemble.

One of the singers who will be featured during the evening is senior Jocelyn Boe, president of the YHS Choral Department, who will performing, in German, the opera aria, Ach Ich Fuhl’s (Ah, I Feel It), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“This lovely piece is from Mozart’s magnificent opera, The Magic Flute, and Jocelyn effortlessly portrays the ingenue role of Pamina, while her lyric soprano voice delivers the melody with a tone that is both velvety and warm,” said Choir Director Christel Biasell.

“The entire music department is looking forward to this concert,” Boe said. “So much hard work by so many people goes into it. For our small town, the fact that we have such a tremendous amount of talent at Yosemite High is remarkable.”

Last year Boe received a “superior” rating at the California Music Education Association Solo Festival by singing a Puccini aria and an Offenbach aria. She qualified for the state competition where the judges gave her a perfect score, a superior rating, and a command performance award. Boe again received a superior rating, and a command performance at the association’s regional event at Fresno State Feb. 28, advancing her to the May 9 state competition in Sacramento.

“My mother (Lisa Boe), who studied voice as Pasadena Community College and Chico State, taught me to sing as a toddler and I’ve been singing every since,” Boe said. “I love how much music allows a person to express themselves. Music is truly a universal language. Someone can be singing a song in a foreign language, but the emotion of the song still comes across.”

Boe’s talents extend well beyond the music room. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average all four years at YHS, has been a member of the California Scholastic Federation every semester, and last spring placed first in the county-wide Poetry Out Loud competition. She also represented Yosemite High School at California Girls State, is a People to People Ambassador, and attended a Rotary Youth Conference in England last year.

She is a member of Advanced Drama, playing the role of Mrs. Potts last spring in the YHS production of Beauty and the Beast, served as a witness and defense attorney on Yosemite’s award winning Mock Trial team, and was a member of the YHS tennis team for four years.

“Her vocal technique, work ethic, positive attitude, and humility have made her especially valuable to our music program,” Biasell said. “She stands as a great example to all the students in our music program.”

Although Boe has yet to make a decision, her musical and academic talents have brought her scholarship offers from four colleges.

Marquez said that in addition to the entertainment, Dena Boortz and the school’s culinary arts class are preparing chocolate covered strawberries and other scrumptious desserts.

Doors for “Nite on the Town” open at 6 p.m. for attendees to browse the silent auction tables, featuring mini get-a-ways to Pismo Beach, Disneyland, and Tenaya Lodge, and a large variety of items from Mountain Area merchants and artists.

Tickets for the two-hour show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, although the show is expected to be sold-out before the first musical note is heard.

Details: Francisco Marquez, (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.