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Modesto Junior College

Variety of fall and winter concerts presented

Music is in the air at MJC as the Music Department presents a string of fall and winter concerts offering a variety of musical styles to the campus and community.  Featuring everything from jazz to electronic and classical to choral, this concert line-up offers something for every musical taste. 

The MJC Jazz Band performs on Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Under the direction of Professor Erik Maki, the group’s program features charts by jazz greats.  The CSU Stanislaus Jazz Band will also perform. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

The MJC Symphonic Band is offering a free Fall Concert on Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  MJC’s premier wind and percussion student ensemble is performing original works for band.  Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

The MJC Community Orchestra presents “From Verdi to Vader” on Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Under the baton of Conductor Anne Martin, the Orchestra will perform works by Rossini, Verdi and two Epic Suites from Star Wars arranged by Robert Smith.  Members of the MJC Concert Choir and the Townsend Opera Chorus will join the orchestra for an energetic rendition of the Anvil Chorus, andDuana Demus-Leslie sings Verdi’s famous aria Ritorna Vincitor from the opera Aida.  Making a guest appearance are Darth Vader and Storm Troopers from the Central California Garrison, a division of the 501st Legion, and photo opportunities with them are available in the lobby. General admission is $5 and students and seniors are $1 and tickets are available at the door.

On Wednesday, December 6 the Community Concert Band offers a Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Professor Erik Maki leads the band in performing original works for band and orchestral transcriptions of the great masters.  Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

“Synthsation Vibration” - Electronic Music Concert is set for Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus.  The featured original electronic music compositions are created by student composers Thor Barrera, Christopher Del Resario, Demestrice Deere, Evelin Lopez, Denarly Reyes, and Samuel Vigil.  The music is created using synthesizers, computer-controlled synthesizers, samplers and digital effects.  Special lighting effects, video displays and slides accompany the compositions.  The MJC Electronic Music Studio Director, David Dow, is also performing an original electronic music composition on the program. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

The MJC College Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Professor Cathryn Tortell, present Illuminata ~ Music of the Season on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium.  The choral concert program includes the music of Julian Wachner, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, Neil Ginsberg’s setting of Hine Ma Tov, Shawn Kirchner’s arrangement of Brightest & Best and Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells. Tickets to the holiday concert are $6 general admission and $5 for students, seniors and children, and are for sale in advance at the Auditorium Box Office and also available at the door.

Join us for an evening or two of beautiful music!