School of Music Showcases Student Talent with Concert Series; Next Performance Nov. 28
Five performances from Newtown to Solebury include Jazz Orchestra, Concert Choir, and several small-group ensembles
Bucks County Community College, an All-Steinway School and 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 Jazz Orchestra.
Several free-admission concerts take place on the campus at 274 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. The final concert, featuring Handel’s Messiah, is a ticketed event in collaboration with the Friends of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in nearby Solebury.
The music continues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, with the Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble in the Presser Music Room, located in the Music & Multimedia Center on the Newtown Campus. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Professor Rochelle Reed. The Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of faculty member Mark Pultorak.
The upbeat sounds of the Bucks County Community College Jazz Orchestra are next, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 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 performs music ranging from big band and swing to modern jazz. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired.
The Chamber Jazz Ensembles take the stage at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6, in the Presser Music Room. The ensembles, under the direction of Professor Michael Hoffman, consist of piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, drums and vocals.
Finally, the college’s Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Professor Rochelle Reed, will join the Trinity Church Friends of Music Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 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 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 opened November 15 with a combination of a Performance Class Recital and the Classical Chamber Ensembles in the Presser Music Room. The Performance Class Recital featured recipients of Bucks County Community College music scholarships coordinated by Professor Steven Bresnen. The Classical Chamber Ensembles are under the direction of faculty member Len Pierro.
The concerts showcase the fine music education program available through the Arts Department at Bucks, whose School of Music offers a two-year associate degree in music that transfers to top universities and colleges across the nation. Classes are now forming for the spring semester. To learn more, call 215-968-8425 or visit www.bucks.edu/music.