Music and student concerts showcase musical talent in a variety of genres and styles. This series, presented by the Department of the Arts, can be enjoyed in the Presser Music Room of the Music & Multimedia Building or the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center on the Newtown Campus.
Pat Martino, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center
Legendary Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino
Tickets: $24 general public; $10 students, seniors, and military personnel
Spring Concert Series, All Concerts 7:30 p.m., Presser Music Room
The Spring Concert series is presented by the Department of the Arts of Bucks County Community College and all concerts are FREE and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Steven M. Bresnen at 215-968-8481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Wednesday, April 15
Performance Class Recital
|Monday, May 4
Chamber Ensembles: Classical
|Monday, April 27
Chamber Ensembles: Jazz
|Wednesday, May 6
|Wednesday, April 29
|Thursday, May 7
|Thursday, April 30
Jim Cullum Jazz Band, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, major worldwide jazz festivals, and stars in its own public radio series, Riverwalk Jazz, broadcasting since 1987, heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet.
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band plays jazz in the classic manner, that is, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. The band's repertoire covers a lot of ground--from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles.
The core of the band's music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.
In keeping with the band's historical point of view, period instruments and performance practices are often used. Each member of the band is a specialist in historically informed jazz styles.
Leader Jim Cullum plays a cornet (instead of the trumpet or flugelhorn used in modern jazz), which was the instrument preferred by early jazz masters King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Phil Flanigan plays an old German double bass set up with gut strings and high action in the manner of the pre-amplified era. Kevin Hess uses drumming techniques and equipment more commonly found in the earlier drumming styles of Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, and Baby Dodds. Mike Pittsley on trombone and Evan Arntzen on clarinet.
From 1993-2005, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band was on the faculty of the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop.
Simone Dinnerstein, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Zlock Performing Arts Center
Classical 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.