Three Free Winter Concerts Coming to Kelsey Theatre


Mercer County Community College's Chorus and Jazz Band and the Mercer County Symphonic Band invite the public to their winter concerts in December at Kelsey Theater on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Admission is free.

The Chorus performs on Tuesday evening, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Music Director Marjorie Herman, D.M., the program will feature a varied mix of sacred selections alternating with lighter fare. Included are the Gloria from Mozart’s Missa brevis in F (K. 192), and the Lutkin Benediction, as well as carols from around the world. The MCCC Chorus is made up of college students and musicians from surrounding communities.

The Jazz Band performs on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and will feature standout improvisations by jazz students. Directed by James Kelly, the band will present classics such as Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia and Miles Davis’ Four, as well as standards from the great American songbook including Cole Porter’s Night and Day, Richard Rogers’ Have You Met Miss Jones, and Hoagey Carmichael’s perennial favorite, Georgia on My Mind. The program will include Professor Kelly’s own arrangement of the Gershwin classic, Summertime.

The Mercer County Symphonic Band performs on Wednesday evening, Dec. 22 at 8:00 p.m. In addition to traditional seasonal selections, the program will include original music by contemporary American composers, transcriptions of classical compositions, traditional marches and other popular selections.

Now in its 24th season, the band has gained a reputation for its entertaining performances and musical excellence. In the spirit of an open community, musicians of all ages are welcome. Currently, 65 members range in age from 13 to 73 and iinclude a number of same-family participants. "There are no auditions," noted Dr. Louis Woodruff, director of the band. "Musicians are invited to sit in and make their own decision about continued involvement. However, we do maintain a challenging standard which has inspired the musicians who participate." The band rehearses Monday evenings in the music suite at the college.

The Band is sponsored by Mercer County Community College and is funded in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, through a grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts.

For more information about any of the concerts or about the community band, contact the MCCC Music Department at 609-586-4800, ext. 3735.

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