School of Music Showcases Student Talent with Concert Series
Performances through December 17 include Jazz Orchestra, Concert Choir, and several small-group ensembles
Bucks County Community College, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, showcases student talent in a series of concerts this fall, including a performance by the big-band style BCCC Jazz Orchestra.
The Jazz Orchestra takes the stage at 7:30 Thursday, December 7, in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located in the Gateway Center building on the Newtown Campus. Under the direction of Professor Jeff Baumeister, the group will perform music ranging from big band and swing to modern jazz. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. Admission and parking are free.
Finally, the college’s Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Professor Rochelle Reed, will join the Friends of Music Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 6587 Upper York Rd., Solebury, Pa. The Madrigal Singers will accompany the Trinity Choir and a 16-piece orchestra in a performance of Handel’s Messiah, including Prof. Reed as a soprano soloist. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at www.trinitysolebury.org.
The series also featured a Performance Class Recital on November 8, with recipients of Bucks County Community College music scholarships; Chamber Ensembles: Classical on November 16, under the direction of faculty members Len Pierro and Brendan Hartz; Chamber Ensembles: Jazz on November 21, under the direction of Prof. Baumeister and Professor Michael Hoffman; and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Prof. Reed, joined by faculty member Mark Pultorak’s percussion ensemble on November 29.
The concerts showcase the fine music education program available through Bucks County Community College's Arts Department, whose School of Music offers a two-year associate degree in music that transfers to top universities and colleges across the nation. The college is also an All-Steinway School. Classes are now forming for the spring semester. To learn more, call 215-968-8425 or visit www.bucks.edu/music.