by Whitney Etter & Diane VanDyke
Winner of the 2012 Downbeat International Critics Poll Alto Saxophonists of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa will perform at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Saturday April 6 at 8pm. Tickets cost $28 general admission and $12 for children under age 12. For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
Mahanthappa is world-renowned for his innovation in fusing musical textures from his Indian culture with contemporary jazz. His January-released album Gamek (meaning “melodic ornamentation”) is a quartet of Mahanthappa (saxophone), François Moutin (acoustic bass), Dan Weiss (drums) and David Fiuczynski (guitar). Gamek is blends jazz, progressive rock, heavy metal, country, American folk, go-go, and ambient sound with the rhythms and beats of Indian, Chinese, African, and Indonesian music. To learn more about Mahanthappa, visit rudreshm.com.
Nrityagram will present a show of traditional Indian dance at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, on Saturday, April 13 at 8pm. Tickets cost $28 general admission and $12 for children under age 12. For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
Classic Indian dances such as odissi, are ritual ancient dances that Nrityagram bring to life through colorful costumes and precise movements. Nrityagram dancers focus on storytelling through ornamental patterns with body movement and stylized miming with hand gestures and facial expressions. The dance company, from the Nrityagram village in India, practice dance as a way of life. Gurus teach, train and lead performers in the ancient methods towards physical and spiritual enlightenment.
To learn more about the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, visit www.nrityagram.org.
Delaware Valley Opera Company Performance and Master Class
The Delaware Valley Opera Company (DVOC), in collaboration with Montgomery County Community College’s Music Department and Office of Cultural Affairs, will present Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto” on Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $28. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.
A three-act opera, “Rigoletto” features the heart-rending story surrounding the Duke of Mantua, his court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda. DVOC members will sing the solo roles of this classic production, and members of the College Choir will sing the chorus parts.
Additionally, members of DVOC will hold a Singers’ Workshop and Master Class on Friday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Science Center room 212 at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell. The workshop will cover audition techniques, the world of the professional singer and related career information. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Coordinator of Music Andrew Kosciesza at email@example.com.
The Delaware Valley Opera Company, originally incorporated as the Delaware Valley Lyric Opera Guild in 1979, provides a stepping stone for singers by offering training and education through exposure to all facets of operatic production and performance opportunities in a variety of operas. The primary focus of the company is its Summer Festival—three operatic productions in June, July, and August.
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