The MJC Department of Music is proud to present a bevy of spring performances. All
concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and all are held in the Main Auditorium on East Campus,
except the Electronic Music concert which is in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets for
the Orchestra concert will be for sale at the door, and all the other performances
are free. Come enjoy the music of spring at MJC!
Monday, April 11 - Jazz Band Spring Concert
The 20-member MJC Jazz Band, directed by Erik Maki, professor of music, will perform a program featuring music by Gordon Goodwin, Mike Vax, Herbie Hancock, Dallas C. Burke and more.
Wednesday, April 13 - Electronic Music Concert: Game of Tones
The concert will feature original electronic music compositions created by student composers from the MJC electronic music classes and the MJC Electronic Music Club. The composers featured will be Brandon Blair, Jose Castillo, Joe Gil, Hector Guizar, Matthew Long, Aaron Maddocks, Leo Medina, Miguel Rodriguez, Kenyatta Rigmaiden, Dan Vallerand and Juan Vasquez. Electronic Music Studio Director, David Dow, will also perform an original electronic music composition on the program.
Monday, April 18 - Symphonic Band in Concert
The Symphonic Band, conducted by Erik Maki, will offer a program of stirring works by John Williams, Frank Ticheli, David R. Holsinger, Alfred Reed and Jim Curnow.
Tuesday, April 19 - Community Orchestra “Batons and Wands: Harry Potter meets Hector Berlioz” Concert
The Orchestra, directed by Professor Anne Martin, will open the concert with Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture. Also included on the program are Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams, Serenade for Strings by Antonin Dvorak, Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson and the Castillane by Massenet. Duana Demus-Leslie will be the featured soloist in Verdi’s famous aria Pace,pace, mio Dio from the opera, La Forza del Destino.
The concert concludes with The Complete Harry Potter: Themes from all eight movies. Stage manager Ty Helton has indicated that "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" (from the Harry Potter series) will also be in attendance to enjoy the concert! Tickets are $5 general and $1 students/seniors and will be for sale at the door.
Wednesday, April 20 - Community Concert Band Spring Performance
The MJC Community Concert Band, conducted by Director of Bands Erik Maki, will present a program featuring original works for band as well as transcriptions by composers such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Frank Ticheli, Johannes Brahms, Barry Milner, Julius Fučik, and Robert Jager.
Friday, April 22 - Concert Choir “Collaboration” Spring Choral Concert
The choir, conducted by Dr. Cherrie Llewellyn, will perform works by Joseph Martin, Bradley Ellingboe, Victor Johnson, Handel, Bach, G. B. Pergolesi, Franz Schubert, Ola Gjeilo, Verdi, Elizabeth Alexander, Langston Hughes, Andre Thomas, John Purifoy, Victor Paranjoti and Emily Crocker. Also performing during the program are dancers from India, guest instrumentalists including cello, flute and the “fiddle,” as well as two flamenco guitarists and a flamenco dancer. The concert will conclude with a folk song from Ghana accompanied by African drums and dancing.
Saturday, April 23 - 39th Annual New Music Concert
MJC’s Celebration of the Humanities Awards will be presented and winning compositions performed in the categories of classical music, popular music, electronic music composition and music solo performance. The program will feature performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers.