Students to Present Fall Performing Arts Showcase & Dance Performance Ensemble Concert

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College invites the community to its Dance Performance Ensemble Fall Concert on Nov. 30 and Fall Performing Arts Showcase performances on Dec. 3, 5 and 6 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. All four performances are free of charge and open to the public.

The Dance Performance Ensemble Fall Concert will be held Friday evening, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. and features a variety of student-choreographed works that range in style from modern to hip hop.

On Monday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. students will present a one-hour matinee preview of the Fall Performing Arts Showcase featuring Dance, Music and Theater selections.

The evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 6. Each evening performance will feature a different lineup of the best work by students in the music and dance departments, including the Dance Ensemble, College Choir, the Chamber Choir, the new Chamber Strings, the Guitar Ensemble, the new Jazz Lab Band and the Performance Jazz Ensemble.

The performances will highlight several works by the notorious avant-garde composer John Cage in celebration of his centennial birthday. Among other works, the Chamber Choir and Dance Ensemble are collaborating on a choreographed re-imagination of Cage’s “Litany for the Whale.” The result will be a piece that blends ancient Gregorian tradition with modern dance and aleatoric elements.

The Showcase is presented at the end of every semester. For the Spring Semester, the Dance Performance Ensemble concert will be held Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and the Spring Showcase performances will be held Monday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Dance Performance Ensemble, contact Coordinator of the Dance Program and Director of the Dance Ensemble Dr. Melinda Copel at mcopel@mc3.edu; for more information about the Fall Performing Arts Showcase, contact Associate Professor of Music Andrew Kosciesza at akoscies@mc3.edu or visit the College’s website at www.mc3.edu/campusLife/artsCulture/perform.aspx.

Check out photos from the Spring Performing Arts Showcase and Dance Performance Ensemble concert!

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Photos by Matt Carlin

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