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Free Concert Series Opens Tonight at BCCC

The Music Area of Bucks County Community College’s Department of the Arts is presenting a six free concerts, which start tonight.

The Music Area of Bucks County Community College’s Department of the Arts is presenting a six free concerts, culminating in a performance by a big-band style Jazz Orchestra. The concerts, which start this week, are part of the school's Arts at Bucks celebrations.

All concerts will be held in Presser Music Room in the Music & Multimedia Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Newtown campus.

The festivities kick off tonight, when the Chamber Jazz Ensemble presents a free concert.  The concert will feature students performing selections from a repertoire specifically composed for small-group jazz ensembles.

The Madrigal Singers take the stage on Wednesday. Under the direction of faculty member Rochelle Reed, this vocal ensemble will entertain with group and solo performances from historical, cultural and stylistic backgrounds and genres. On Thursday, the Percussion Ensemble performs on a variety of instruments.

On May 6, the Classical Ensembles perform. Classical Ensembles consist of the Low Brass Ensemble under the direction of Brendan Hartz, and the Woodwind Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet, under the direction of Len Pierro.

The 50-voice Concert Choir performs on 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 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 County Community College, 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 www.bucks.edu/artsatbucks or call 215-968-8425.

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