Arts at Bucks Presents Free Concerts by Student Musicians

Free performances at Newtown through May 9 include Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Percussion, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles.

The Music Area of the Department of the Arts showcases student talent at a half-dozen free concerts, culminating in a performance by a big-band style Jazz Orchestra. The concerts are part of Arts at Bucks celebrations at the nationally accredited two-year college.

The intimate Presser Music Room in the Music & Multimedia Center is the setting for the concerts.  All events take place at 7:30 p.m. on the campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, where there is ample free parking.

On Monday, April 29, the Chamber Jazz Ensemble presents a free concert. Students perform selections from a repertoire specifically composed for small-group jazz ensembles under the direction of Music Area faculty Jeff Baumeister, Tom Lawton, and Mark Pultorak.

The Madrigal Singers take the stage next on Wednesday, May 1.  Under the direction of faculty member Rochelle Reed, this vocal ensemble entertains with group and solo performances from historical, cultural and stylistic backgrounds and genres. On Thursday, May 2, the Percussion Ensemble performs on a variety of instruments under the direction of Mark Pultorak.

On Monday, May 6, the Classical Ensembles perform, consisting of the Low Brass Ensemble under the direction of Brendan Hartz, and the Woodwind Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet under the direction of Len Pierro, both faculty members.

The 50-voice Concert Choir performs on Wednesday, May 8. Under the direction of Rochelle Reed and accompanied by fellow faculty member Edward Ferdinand, the group performs Mozart’s “Mass in C, K.259,” Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst” and a variety of American and English music.

The concert series concludes Thursday, May 9, with the BCCC Jazz Orchestra. Under the direction of Jeff Baumeister, the group will be performing big band music from the Swing Era to Modern Jazz.

The concerts showcase the fine music education program available at Bucks, where the Music Area of the Department of the Arts has regularly earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. The series is part of Arts at Bucks celebrations, running through May 14. For a complete list of events, visit the Arts at Bucks web page or call 215-968-8425.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations