The West Shore Community College Music Department will be highlighting their music ensembles throughout April.
The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ted Malt, professor of music studies and director of the Performing Arts Series will perform on Thurs., April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater.
The concert will open with a performance by the Ludington High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Keith Kuczynski, director of bands at Ludington Area Schools. In February, the LHS Jazz Ensemble was named “Most Outstanding Band” for the 2016 Central Michigan University Jazz Weekend this.
“It is always great when we can highlight our local high school ensembles during a WSCC concert. This gives parents another opportunity to hear their music students play in another venue and collaborate with other musicians,” says Malt.
The WSCC Jazz Ensemble will also travel to Holland on Thurs., April 21, where they will be playing an outreach concert with the Holland High School Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Michael Dease, associate professor of jazz trombone at Michigan State University.
On Wed., April 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Wind Symphony, under the baton of Professor Malt, will be in concert at the Hart Middle School Auditorium. The concert will highlight a diverse selection of wind band literature and will also feature the world premiere of “And Angels Wept,” a work commissioned by the WSCC Wind Symphony and written by composer Kent Boulton.
“What a thrill it has been to hear this ensemble bring the piece of music to fruition,” says Ken Boulton, director emeritus of Big Rapids High School and composer of this brilliant commissioned work. “This is the first time the College has commissioned a piece of music. The process has been invaluable to all members of the ensemble and will be a process that none of us will forget,” said Malt.
Malt adds, “The WSCC Music Department would like to thank John Taranko, director of bands, Tom Kirk, director of theater, and the Hart Area Schools administration for being such incredible hosts.”
The 60-voice Concert Choir will perform their spring choral concert on Sun., April 24, at 2 p.m. in the WSCC Center Stage Theater. The choir is under the direction of Becky Sopha, director of choirs, and Lewis Wilson with accompanist, Donna Clousing.
The choir will sing a wide variety of music genres including, “In paradisum” from Gabriel Faure's “Requiem,” and Broadway selections from “Camelot” and “My Fair Lady.” The choir will also perform “Agnus Dei,” arranged by John Leavitt. This piece will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble of strings, woodwinds, and percussion featuring area musicians and string players from the Muskegon community.
“I chose this beautiful work because I wanted the younger singers who participate in the choir to have a Latin experience and the opportunity to sing with a wonderful instrumental ensemble. This is a beautiful piece which evokes calmness and serenity,” says Sopha.
The concert will also feature Micah Buck, from the Jenison area and a member of the Home School Association. “Micah is one of the most outstanding young male singers in our state. He will perform an Italian operatic solo which will leave the audience amazed,” states Sopha.
“We are very fortunate to have such talented directors in Becky and Lew who bring years of experience and musical talent, which results in high level performances year after year,” says Malt.
Tickets for the concerts are on sale now at the WSCC Box Office, 231-843-5507.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement