College hosting free concerts in December
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) will host musical concerts during December that will feature student, faculty, and other musicians. All events are free and open to the public, and will be staged at the Central, North, and South campuses.
The North Campus concert will be held at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in the North Channel area. The South Campus concerts will be held in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. Unless otherwise noted, the Central Campus events will be held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.
• Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. – The Central Campus Woodwind Ensemble, under the direction of professor Jeffrey Adams, will present a concert that will feature a variety of styles from composers such as J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and others. Instruments played by SJC students will include piccolos, flutes, clarinets, and bass clarinets. All styles of traditional classical music, and a “jazzy” selection will be performed.
• Friday, Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. – The Orpheus Composer’s Society of the Central Campus will present a concert of chamber music. The performance will include works by student composers Aaron Janecke, Vanessa Vallejo, Erwin Vreugdenhil, Denise Rocha, Joseph Mills, and Robert Killingsworth. The Orpheus Composer’s Society, under the direction of Professor Joseph Schenck, performs contemporary chamber music composed by SJC students.
• Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – The South Campus Jazz Band, under the direction of professor Richard Voyles, will present a concert featuring a wide range of popular jazz selections. The repertoire includes “Smack Dab in the Middle,” “Sidewinder,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Oye Como Va,” “US,” “Coconut Champaign,” “Pick up the Pieces,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Jingle Bells.” Featured soloists will include Arland Actkinson, Kyle Hood, Mike Casa, Scott Sexton, Les Turner, Mike Ross, and Don Webb.
• Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. – The North Campus Wind Ensemble, under the direction of professor Dr. Randy Snyder, will perform a concert of band classics and orchestral transcriptions. Highlights will include “Candide Overture,” composed by Leonard Bernstein and arranged by Clare Grundman for band. To celebrate SJC’s 50th anniversary, the ensemble will also perform Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” a production which also debuted 50 years ago. The band will also recognize military veterans by playing “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden. Other selections will include “An American Elegy” by Ticheli; “American River Songs” by Robert LaPlante; “Bravura” by Duble; and “Brighton Beach” by Latham. The concert will conclude with Dr. Allatia Harris, North Campus president, conducting “Sleigh Ride.”
• Wednesday Dec. 7, 7 p.m. – The Central Campus Steel Drum Band, under the direction of professor Mike Mizma, will present a tribute to the recently deceased musician Dave Marcellin. The concert will be staged in Slocomb Auditorium, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. It will be the first concert featuring musicians from Pasadena High School’s SJC Steel Band Pilot Program. Members of the high school steel band will perform with SJC steel band musicians at the concert. The repertoire will include “Maryann/Matilda Medley,” a calyspo by Norman Span; “Dark Horses” a calypso by Marcellin; “Grand Mother’s Song,” a ballad by Marcellin; “Texas Theme,” a pop-infused calyspo by Marcellin; “Yellowbird,” a slow calypso by Luloff, Keith, and Bergmann; “Margaritaville,” a pop selection by Buffet; “Jamaica Farewell,” a hip-hop selection by Burgie; “Day-O,” a calypso by Attaway and Burgie; and “Jump in the Line,” a fast calypso by Somvel.
• Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. – The North Campus choir, under the direction of professor Dr. Edgar Moore, will present a Holiday Choral Concert. The featured selection will be Bach’s “Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Sleepers Awake) featuring the North Campus Chorale and guest artists, the Camerata Chamber Ensemble. Also on the program will be “Carols and Lullabies from the Southwest” by Conrad Susa, and “Three Christmas Motets” by Jacob Handl.
• Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. – The South Campus College/Community Choir, under the direction of professor Cynthia Stevens, will present holiday concerts inspired by the CD “Christmas with Robert Shaw.” Selections to be performed include “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Parker and Shaw; “Gloria” and “Et in Terra Pax” from Vivaldi’s Gloria; “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah; and “Break Forth” by Bach.
For more information about fine arts programs at San Jacinto College, please visit arts.sanjac.edu.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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CUTLINE: San Jacinto College (SJC) South Campus fine arts department chair Cynthia Stevens (right) and members of the South Campus choir practice for upcoming holiday concerts. Student singers include, from left (front row): Sarah Walker, Keith Sanders, Kyle Hoskins, and Elias Peña; (back row): Amanda Bosworth, Cody Gibson, and Hannah Martin. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.