by Diane VanDyke
Dance, jazz, choir, orchestra and even the presentation of an original composition—Montgomery County Community College’s upcoming spring performances feature many dedicated students with an expansive range of talents. The community is invited to see these shows starting with the Dance Ensemble Spring Concert on Friday, April 18, and then the students’ Performing Arts Showcase performances on April 21, 23 and 24 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
The Dance Ensemble Spring Concert and the Performing Arts Showcase 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.
Also, on April 23, the College will host a Communications and Arts Open House from 5-7 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Center Atrium and Room 101. Faculty and staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about MCCC’s Communications, Art, Music, Theater and Dance programs. Register at mc3.edu/adm-fin-aid/8477. Visitors are invited to stay and enjoy the students’ performances that evening starting at 7 p.m. in the Science Center Theater.
The Dance Ensemble Spring Concert on Friday, April 18, features many styles of dance, including modern, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Choreographed by the students, the dances encompass a range of themes, from the Roaring Twenties to the circus, robots, greed and more.
On Monday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. students will present a one-hour matinee of dance and music, and then two evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24.
Shows will feature dance, choral music, jazz, orchestral music and more. The choral ensembles will perform several selections from noted Broadway musicals, including “Sweeney Todd,” and “Les Miserables,” as part of the Music Department’s year-long celebration of American music. Additionally, they will perform several selections by the Beatles, as part of the College’s 50th anniversary year celebration. The College was founded in the 1960s when the Beatles and other British bands permeated the country’s music scene.
As one of the highlights of the performances, the College’s string orchestra will be performing the “Ode to the Ironwolves,” an original composition written by student Otto Kuehrmann, Glenside, which he will be dedicating to MCCC in honor of its 50th anniversary.
According to Kuehrmann, “Ode to the Ironwolves” is heavily influenced by the video gaming music of Hitoshi Sakimoto, Derek Duke, Russell Brower and C418, as well as the works of 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness. The piece is about the incarnation of and release of tension and utilizes techniques such as complex rhythmic writing and chorale style.
For more information about the Dance Performance Ensemble, contact Coordinator of Dance Dr. Melinda Copel at firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information about the Fall Performing Arts Showcase, contact Associate Professor of Music Andrew Kosciesza at email@example.com or visit the College’s website at mc3.edu/arts/student-performance.