Snyder v Phelps,  September 11, 7:00 pm,  Gateway Auditorium

Snyder v PhelpsSnyder v. Phelps, an original rock musical

Produced by Underbite Theatre Company
Books and lyrics by Shelli Pentimall Bookler, Music by Joshua Martin

In 2006 Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was killed in Iraq. Days later the Westboro Baptist Church led by Pastor Fred Phelps picket his funeral holding signs that say "God hates fags" and “Thank God for dead soldiers” Al Snyder, sues the WBC for defamation, intrusion and emotional distress and wins. The WBC appeals claiming their first amendment right to free speech and overturns the original verdict. In 2011 the case goes before the Supreme Court. This is the story.

Gateway Auditorium, September 11 at 7pm

Tickets available at the door for only $10
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Snyder v. Phelps is funded in part by Bucks County Community College Cultural Planning Committee and the Bucks County Community College Foundation


50th Anniversary Premier,  October 11, 7:00 pm,  Gateway Auditorium

PianoMusical works commissioned in honor of the college's 50th anniversary

Portraits from the Pub is a modern jazz suite for ten musicians composed by Associate Music Professor Jeff Baumeister. As a hidden tribute to Stella Tyler, the composition is a reconstruction of the melodic and harmonic material found in Victor Young’s classic Stella By Starlight that flows through an array of musical styles from free collective improvisation on bird songs to straight ahead jazz and funk. The work pays homage to Bucks County Community Collegs's music program’s history and wide influence. The October 11th premiere performance by the BC3 Jazz Tentet features faculty and prominent local musicians. The name of the suite is in honor of the classroom where many students were first introduced to jazz.

This event is open to the public and tickets are available below. While there is no admission charge for this event, a ticket is required.  Seating is limited.  Please request and print out your tickets by October 1.  For assistance, please call 215-968-8224.


Big Band Concert,  November 8, 8:00 pm,  Gateway Auditorium

Jazz CelebrationJazz Celebration Big Band Concert “The Great American Songbook Meets the Jazz Orchestra”

Much of the greatest music ever penned by American composers and songwriters, came from Movies, and Broadway Musicals of the 1930’s-1950’s; iconic composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin have come to define the  “Golden Age” of American Music - usually referred to as The Great American Songbook. To Jazz Musicians, these songs are most often referred to as standards... What is it about this Music that gives it such longevity and popular appeal?  Will there ever be another Golden Age of American Music? What is it about this kind of music that has inspired Jazz Musicians to adapt it to the “Jazz vocabulary”? Just as Franz Joseph Hayden is credited with determining the particular instrumentation and design of the Symphony Orchestra as we know it today, so did the Jazz Orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman determine the contemporary “Jazz Orchestra” of 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets,  4 Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums, with often the addition of 1 or more vocalists.

In this concert performance, we will attempt to answer the questions posed above! This event is free and open to the public.

Fall Concert Series,  All Conceerts 7:30 pm,  Presser Music Room

Concert SeriesBucks County Community College Department of the Arts is proud to present this series in the Music & Multimedia Center, Newtown Campus

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Steven M. Bresnen, or call 215-968-8481.


Wednesday, November 19
Performance Class Recital
Monday, December 8
Chamber Ensembles: Classical
Monday, December 1
Chamber Ensembles: Jazz
Wednesday, December 10
Concert Choir
Wednesday, December 3
Madrigal Singers
Thursday, December 11
Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, December 4
Percussion Ensemble

Simone Dinnerstein,  March 26, 7:30 pm,  Gateway Auditorium

Simone Dinnerstein‌Classical Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to numerous "Best of 2007" lists. The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then – The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), Something Almost Being Said (Sony), and Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (Sony) – have also topped the classical charts. In spring 2013, Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds.

Other recent highlights include Dinnerstein’s debuts in Sydney and Melbourne; her debuts in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus and in Toulouse; the world premiere of a new work by Nico Muhly at Boston’s Symphony Hall; her third return engagement at the Berlin Philharmonie; and world premiere performances of Philip Lasser’s The Circle and The Child with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming highlights include recitals across the US at The Metropolitan Museum, Wolf Trap, Library of Congress, Portland Piano International, and UW World Series; a tour of Germany presented by Tonicale Musik; concerts in Istanbul, Jerusalem, Seoul, and Turin; plus a new recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra for Sony Classical.

Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series which raises funds for New York City public schools.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. Simone Dinnerstein lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. She is managed by IMG Artists and is a Sony Classical artist.

Tickets:  $20 general public, $10 students & seniors