Trio of shows at Merced Theatre during busy holiday season

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comNovember 30, 2012 

— Several live events are coming to the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre this holiday season.

On Monday at 7 p.m., the San Joaquin Valley Council of Camera Clubs is presenting an evening with George Lepp titled "Capturing the Wild: From Africa to Your Backyard." Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door.

On Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., the country western trio Sons of the San Joaquin will perform their first Christmas Concert in Merced. Brothers Joe and Jack Hannah, and Joe's son, Lon, are known for their songs about the life and work of the American cowboy, according to a news release.

The Sons of the San Joaquin were inducted in 2006 into the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame. Jack Hannah has received the association's songwriter of the year six times. The group has been performing for more than 20 years and has recorded 16 albums.

Tickets are $24 and $29.

On Saturday Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., the Grammy award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy will be performing with the Singers Company.

Founded in 1998 as an after-school music program in Oakland, the Boychoir started will six boys. Today, it includes more than 170 boys and young men ages 4 to 18.

The group has toured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Singers Company is a local group of girl performers that will accompany the choir.

Tickets are $24 and $29.

The Merced Theatre is located at 307 Main St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The box office is open daily, Monday to Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The phone number is (209) 381-0500. Tickets can be purchased at the theater's Web site at

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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