Free Winter Concerts Coming to Kelsey Theatre
The public is invited to enjoy three free winter concerts at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre, located on the campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. For more information contact the Music Department at MCCC, 609-586-4800, ext. 3735.
On Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m., the College Chorus will perform its Winter Concert, “Joy To The World.” Conducted by Marjorie Herman, music director, the program will feature a varied mix of sacred selections alternating with lighter fare. Included is Haydn’s Missa St. Johannes de Deo, Christmas carols and other holiday favorites. The MCCC Chorus is made up of college students and people from surrounding communities.
The College Jazz Band will present its Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Directed by James Kelly, the Jazz Band will present a varied program, to include such jazz classics as Duke Ellington’s Things Ain’t What they Used to Be and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite, as well as standards from the Great American Songbook including Stormy Weather and My Funny Valentine. The program will also include Professor Kelly’s own arrangement of the Sonny Rollins classic, Pent-Up House. All selections will feature standout improvisations by college jazz students.
Mercer County Community Band's Winter Concert is set
for Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Celebrating
its 25th anniversary this year, the band will present holiday music, and
will perform the finale from Dvorak's New World Symphony and a swing medley
of hits by Hoagie Charmichael.
The band performs
winter and spring concerts to packed houses, and performs at Mercer County
Community College’s graduation ceremonies, at community events,
and at retirement homes. Two very popular interactive children's concerts
are performed each year at Kelsey Theatre. "One of our missions is
music education," Woodruff said. "We highlight pieces of composition
before playing them to draw the audience in, whether it's adults or children."
The band in supported by the college and is funded in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.