January 2011 Lively Arts Performances

by Diane VanDyke

The Harlem Quartet

As part of its ongoing Lively Arts Series, the College will present The Harlem Quartet on Friday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. The Quartet will also give a children’s performance earlier in the day at 10: 30 a.m. For the evening performance, tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children. Tickets for the children’s performance cost $5.

The performances are made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Program and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The Harlem Quartet is currently the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet program, and its members are Ilmar Gavilan, violin; Melissa White, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; and Paul Wiancko, cello. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in the classical music genre while engaging younger and new audiences through a variety of work featuring minority artists.

For the performance at Montgomery County Community College, The Harlem Quartet will perform the works of Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis.

The Harlem Quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx Organization’s 10th anniversary gala concert and has returned to Carnegie on numerous occasions. They released their first CD, Take the “A” Train, in 2007.They performed in many communities across the country including Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston and have been featured on WNBC, CNN, the “Today Show,” WQXR-FM, and the “Art Beat” section of the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer website.

In addition to being avid chamber musicians, each member of the Harlem Quartet is a seasoned solo artist.  They are co-managed by Sciolino Artist Management (SAM) of New York City and the Sphinx Organization. Sphinx, a national non-profit organization, focuses on building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities.

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Joe Lovano

Two Jazz giants — Saxophonist/ composer Joe Lovano and guitarist/ composer John Scofield — will reunite to perform at the College on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.

The performance is made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

These talented musicians performed together in John Scofield’s Quartet from 1989 through 1993 and are combining their talents with Matt Wilson and Matt Penman for an evening of superb jazz music at the College.

Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 1970s and continues to do so today. He is a masterful improviser whose music is a blend of post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world’s premiere saxophone players, earning a Grammy award and numerous acclamations for his work in the jazz world.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children.

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PHILADANCO

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) dancers will bring their funk energy to the stage at Montgomery County Community College on Friday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children.

As part of the College’s Young Arts Explorers program, PHILADANCO will also perform at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, to entertain young audiences. Tickets are $5 each.

The Company will present “By Way of the Funk,” a new energetic piece by Urban Bush Women’s Founding and Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  Set to the music of Funkadelics & Parliament, this four-part work is a joyous celebration of PHILADANCO’s contributions to American dance.

The performances of PHILADANCO are made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Fund.

PHILADANCO is a nonprofit organization that presents quality professional dance performances.  Its mission is to improve the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. PHILADANCO is known across the nation and around the world for its innovate creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.

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Mad Science will take audiences of all ages on an unforgettable journey through the Star Trek universe on Monday, Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. Tickets cost $5 each.

Star Trek Live is a 60-minute journey featuring special effects, audience interaction and an exploration of real space-age technology.  Participants will join the crew of Starfleet Academy to be swept away on a Star Trek adventure learning about space technology and how to survive away from Mother Earth.

Mad Science’s mission is “to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of science and how it affects their world.” Founded in 1986 by two brothers, Ariel and Ron Shlien, Mad Science has grown into an international business with about 86 franchises.

For information and tickets for any of the above performances, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.

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