Music, Dance Students Present Fall Performing Arts Showcase

by Diane VanDyke

A shot from last week's Dance Performance Ensemble practice. Photo by Matt Carlin

A shot from last week’s Dance Performance Ensemble practice. Photo by Matt Carlin

Montgomery County Community College invites the community to come and enjoy the students’ Fall Performing Arts Showcase performances on Dec. 2, 4 and 5 and Dance Ensemble Fall Concert on Dec. 6 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

All four performances are free of charge and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order the free tickets, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call the box office at 215-641-6518 or 215-619-7390.

On Monday, Dec. 2, at 12:30 p.m. students will present a one-hour matinee preview sampler of dance and music.  The evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 5. Each evening performance will present a different lineup of the best work by students in the music and dance departments focusing on an array of popular American styles of music.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, enjoy the Choir rendition of John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit.”  Directed by Andrew Kosciesza, this featured medley highlights several poignant African-American spirituals, including “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” and “Deep River.”  For the finale, the Gospel Choir, with the audience’s participation, will sing a lively rendition of “When the Saints go Marching In.”

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Jazz Lab Band under the direction of Rob Haffley and Howard Gordan, will perform “Don’t Take the ‘B’ Train,” “Curious George,” and “The Pink Panther.” The Performance Jazz Ensemble, led by Haffley, will perform “How High the Moon,” “Hit the Bricks,” and “Autumn,” among other favorites. Led by Dr. Elizabeth M. Guerriero, the Chamber Strings will perform classic Broadway and movie songs.

During both evenings, the Chamber Choir will perform some Doo-Wop selections, including Billy Joel’s popular “For the Longest Time.”

The week concludes with the Dance Ensemble Fall Concert Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. and will include a guest appearance by Roux Dance Company, performing a dance choreographed by MCCC alumna Chelsea Jack. The Dance Performance Ensemble will present dances created by students, as well as a dance choreographed by MCCC alumna Rebecca Savage. Dances will encompass a range of styles including modern, contemporary, tap, and hip hop, with themes ranging from the lives of bees to the end of the world.

For all four performances, the Dance Performance Ensemble will perform “Concrete Jungles III,” set to music by Stevie Wonder and choreographed by MCCC faculty member Bill Thomas.

The Showcase is presented at the end of every semester.  For the Spring Semester, the Dance Performance Ensemble concert will be held Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. and the Spring Showcase performances will be held Monday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Dance Performance Ensemble, contact Coordinator of Dance 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 mc3.edu/arts/student-performance.

A Choir performance from last year's Showcase. Photo by Matt Carlin

A Choir performance from last year’s Showcase. Photo by Matt Carlin

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