Check Out Upcoming Lively Arts Performances

by Robert Agler

Enjoy an Evening of Soulful Jazz with Billy Harper

Legendary tenor saxophonist Billy Harper takes to the stage of the College’s Science Center Theater on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Harper created the first Billy Harper Quintet when he was just 14 years old, and swiftly rose to jazz stardom, where he remains today. With his 1973 album, Black Saint, Harper won international recognition from the Modern Jazz League of Tokyo, which named it the “Jazz Record of the Year – Voice Grand Prix.”

Tickets for Harper’s performance cost $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children.

For more information about Billy Harper, visit www.billyharper.com.

Baaba Maal Presents ‘Tales from the Sahel’

Grammy-nominated Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal will bring “Tales from the Sahel” to the College on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater.

Tickets cost $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors, $18 for students, and $12 for children.

The evening’s performance will examine the influence of Fula mythology on modern Africa through songs and stories. Maal will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and percussionist Mamadous Sarr,

Renown for his fiery performances that fuse funk, rock and blues with the beats and melodies of West Africa, Maal continually reinforces his role as a seminole artist in the world music arena. Recently, Maal released Television, a follow-up album to his Grammy-nominated Missing You.

Maal’s performance is funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project and is part one of a four-part series “Africa: The Call and Response.” Upcoming performances include Dobet Gnahore (Nov. 5); Randy Weston African Rhythms (Feb. 4) and Angelique Kidjo (March 23). All performances begin at 8 p.m.

For more information on Baaba Maal, visit www.imnworld.com/artists/detail/2/baaba-maal.

College Hosts Monnette Sudler’s 3rd Annual Guitar Summit Concert

The College will host Monnette Sudler’s 3rd Annual Guitar Summit on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater. Tickets cost $20 general admission.

A multi-talented jazz guitarist, poet, composer, singer, producer, teacher and creative bandleader, Monnette Sudler started the summit in 2009 as a venue for students, musicians and music lovers to learn from world-class guitar masters. The summit boasts an eclectic group of guitar players that includes Pat Martino, Carlos Rubio, Charles Ellerbee, Gerald “Twig” Smith, Tom Giacabetti and Matt David, with styles ranging from flamenco to rock.

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

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