The MJC Department of Music is proud to present a broad assortment of music performances to wind-up the spring semester. The variety of concerts offers something to please every musical taste. Everything from electronic music to jazz, and classic orchestral to vocal music is slated for performance over the next four weeks!
All of the following concerts are held at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus. The performances are open to the public and all are free, (with donations gratefully accepted), except the Orchestra and Choral Concerts, which have tickets available at the door.
Synthchronicity Electronic Music Concert – Wednesday, April 4
The concert features original electronic music compositions created by student composers from MJC’s electronic music classes and the MJC Electronic Music Club. The composers include Jacob Austin, Paul Morgan, Gabriel Parra, Denarly Reyes and Samuel Vigil. The music is created using synthesizers, computer-controlled synthesizers, samplers and digital effects, and special lighting effects, and video displays accompany the compositions. The MJC Electronic Music Studio director, David Dow, will also perform an original composition.
41st Annual New Music Concert – Friday, April 13
The program will feature performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers, and the New Music Ensemble will perform an original group improvisation. The Celebration of the Humanities Awards for classical music, popular music, electronic music composition and music solo performance will be presented. A reception will be held after the concert in the Auditorium Lobby.
MJC Jazz Band Spring Concert – Monday, April 9
The 14 member Jazz Band is conducted by Director of Bands Erik Maki. The program for the evening includes “Fantasy” by White, White and Del Barrio, “Buy It and Fry It” by Denis DiBlasio, “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Buckethead Shuffle” by Tony Guerrero, “Grace” by Quincy Jones and Jeremy Lubbock, and “Mr. Funkyman” by Mark Taylor.
MJC Symphonic Band Spring Concert – Monday, April 16
The Symphonic Band, conducted by Erik Maki, will perform a program of stirring works including “Of Pride and Celebration” by James Swearingen, “Reflections in Lydian” by Charles Carter, “Toccata A Dodici” by Elliot Del Borgo, “Missouri Shindig” by H. Owen Reed, and “Incantation and Dance“ by John Barnes Chance.
MJC Community Orchestra presents “The Great B’s: Bach Beethoven and The Beatles!”
Concert – Tuesday, April 17
Under the conductor’s baton of Professor of Music Anne Martin, the Orchestra will perform an eclectic array works by Bach, Beethoven and The Beatles. Tickets are available at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to the performance for $5 general admission and $1 for students, seniors and children.
MJC Community Concert Band Concert – Wednesday, April 19
The program features “Under the Admiral’s Flag” by Jan W. Singerling, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Polish Rhapsody” by Walter Eiger, “Loch Lomond” by Frank Ticheli, “Norwegian Colors” by Jan Eriksen, “Russian Sailors’ Dance” by Reinhold Gliere, “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed and “Fantasia on Lady of Spain” by Tolchard Evans. The MJC Community Concert Band is conducted by Director of Bands Erik Maki.
“Love & All That Jazz” Choral Concert – Friday, April 20
The performance features the MJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Cathryn Tortell. The program includes the music of Pinkham, Durufle, Whitacre, Gershwin, Berlin, Ellington, Hammerstein and Kern. Providing a guest performance for the evening is the Turlock High School Choir under the direction of Zachary Stillman. Tickets are available in advance at the MJC Box Office, Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m., and at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to the performance for $6 general admission and $5 for students, seniors and children.
Come enjoy a night, or two, of beautiful music!