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Bassist Korb touching down in Laguna

She hasn't forgotten her Laguna Beach Live! ties even as she prepares to take over reins of International Society of Bassists.

May 09, 2013|By Michael Miller
  • Kristin Korb will perform at Aliso Creek Inn on May 15.
Kristin Korb will perform at Aliso Creek Inn on May 15.

When Laguna Beach Live! hosts a fundraiser Wednesday for its music education program, it will get a considerable boost: a visit from the next president.

The next president of bass players, that is.

Kristin Korb, whose jazz trio will perform at the Aliso Creek Inn, was recently named the president-elect of the International Society of Bassists. For the next two years, Korb will serve as artistic director for a group that comprises about 3,000 members in 40 countries — certainly the biggest constituency the Montana native has ever had.

"Just the student music club when I was in college," Korb said when asked if she had ever been president of anything before. "But I don't think that's quite the same thing. I was president of the choir in high school, but that's a long time ago."

Korb, a board member for the society since 1999, recently became more international herself: She got married two years ago and moved to Denmark. Before then, she was a regular face for half a dozen years with Laguna Beach Live!, which works to bring professional music to the community, and next week's show will mark her first visit back since moving to Europe.

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And if her soon-to-be-president clout makes her a hotter ticket item, all the better for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Proceeds from the Aliso Creek Inn performance, which also features drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Bruce Forman, will go toward expanding the program that Laguna Beach Live! started at the club in September.

The club's program, according to Laguna Beach Live! President Cindy Prewitt, ranges from performances by visiting musicians to "instrument petting zoos" in which students can try out different parts of the orchestra. With Wednesday's proceeds, Prewitt hopes to expand the after-school program to three days a week.

On a typical day, she said, the club draws 300 or more students whose musical backgrounds vary.

"Some of the kids have no music [experience], and some have already taken an instrument," Prewitt said. "It's a wide range of introducing them to performance to concert manners to instruments they may not know of to their own instrument."

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