Music is in the air at MJC as the Music Department presents a string of fall concerts offering a variety of musical styles to the campus and community. Featuring everything from electronic to jazz, classical to choral, this concert line-up offers something for every musical taste.
"Bit Crush" – Electronic Music Concert is set for Wednesday, November 16 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, Brandon Blair, Elijah Boyd, Efrain Carmona, Jose Castillo, Diego Echols, Matthew Long, Melissa McAlexander, Jose Medina, Emmanuel Moya, John Navarro, Glenn Prasad and Emilio Sarabia. 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, will also perform an original electronic music composition on the program. Admission is free.
The MJC Jazz Band performs on Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Under the direction of Professor Erik Maki, the group's program features charts by Tom Kubis, Lennie Niehaus, Les Hooper, Charles Mingus, and more. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.
The MJC Symphonic Band is offering a free Fall Concert on Monday, November 28, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. The evening's repertoire will include pieces by Gary Gilroy, Rex Mitchell, Robert Sheldon, Alexander Courage, and more. Donations are always gratefully accepted.
The MJC Community Orchestra presents "A Salute to Spain y Video Juegos!" on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Under the baton of Conductor Anne Martin, the Orchestra will perform works by Ippolitov-Ivanov, Marquina, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rodrigo, as well as "Video Games Live" arranged by Ralph Ford. The program will feature guitar soloist Dr. David Chapman, MJC Professor of Music. General admission is $5 and students and seniors are $1.
On Wednesday, November 30 the Community Concert Band, will offer a Fall Concert at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Erik Maki will lead the performance of music by Alfred Reed, Franz Liszt, W. Francis McBeth, Dmitri Shostakovich Richard L. Saucedo, and more. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.
Also on Wednesday, November 30, the MJC Guitar Program presents a Fall Guitar Concert featuring musicians representing MJC, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and California State University, Stanislaus at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall - Music 108 on East Campus. A $5 donation per person is requested.
The Applied Piano Students of Dr. Alejandro Sabre will perform a Winter Piano Recital on Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall - Music 108 on East Campus. Admission is free.
"A Yuletide Feast: Dickens to Rock" Choral Concert is offered Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. The MJC College Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Professor Cathryn Tortell, will present a varied repertoire of family-friendly holiday fare. In the spirit of Charles Dickens, the program takes the audience on a journey of traditional English carols through contemporary seasonal "hits." Included, will be music of Britten, Rutter, Berlin and other composers, as well as a celebration of Hanukkah. The concert of Yuletide favorites also features a few novelty surprises and an audience sing-a-long at the conclusion. Tickets to the holiday concert are $6 general admission and $3 for students, seniors and children, and are for sale in advance at the Auditorium Box Office and will also be available at the door.