Snyder v Phelps, September 11, 7:00 pm, Gateway Auditorium
Snyder 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
More information available at www.underbitetheatre.com
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
Musical 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 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!