MCC Virtual 2021 Winter Concert – Parts I & II
The Muskegon Community College Winter Concert, featuring virtual performance by MCC students, faculty and staff, has been divided into two separate videos premiering on May 4 and May 6, respectively.
“In this very strange year that we all have experienced, our music has been able to endure,” noted MCC Music Director Daniel M. Meyers, who chairs the Arts and Humanities Department.
“In fact, we have persevered and learned an amazing amount about ourselves, as well as how to make music, both literally and figuratively. Many of these musicians have never ever met one another since we have been virtual the entire academic year. They are also seeing this for the first time and finding out who else made this music with them.”
Quentin DuPont, a MCC student musician who assists Meyers in the Music Department, devoted hundreds of hours in compiling and editing the individual performances into the two videos.
In the first video, the MCC Wind Ensemble opens with “At Morning’s First Light,” by David R. Gillingham. Then MCC student Sabrina Haverkamp, a flautist, is joined by MCC Music Instructor Nick Palmer on piano, for a performance of “Andalouse” by Emile Pessard. The MCC Jazz Ensemble closes the first segment with “Avenue Swing” by Mike Collins-Dowden.
Quentin DuPont, a MCC student musician, devoted hundreds of hours in compiling and editing the individual performances into the two videos.
The second video also features the two ensembles. The Wind Ensemble plays “Evening Song (Abenlied)” by Josek Rheinberg and arranged by Shelley Hanson. The Jazz Ensemble follows with two selections – “Be Cool” by Bob Turner and “Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg with an arrangement by Paul Baker.
MCC Music and Choral Groups
College Singers: The College’s full soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB) chorus features MCC students and community members performing a wide variety of the choral repertoire. The Singers are under the Direction of Nicholas Palmer.
Collegiates: An audition-based select SATB vocal group, the Collegiates perform a wide range of musical genres from the 17th century to modern contemporary works for small vocal ensemble. The Collegiates are under the direction of Nicholas Palmer.
MCC Wind Ensemble: Conducted by Daniel M. Meyers and entering its ninth year, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of MCC students, both music majors and non-music majors, interested in preparing and performing advanced wind band literature.
MCC Jazz Ensemble: Comprised of MCC students, the Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary big-band jazz repertoire.
MCC Honors Orchestra: Conducted by Philip DeYoung, the Honors Orchestra is a symphony orchestra for MCC students, as well as advanced high school students, performing standard orchestral works of the symphony orchestra.
West Michigan WINDS: An adult community concert band celebrating its 41st anniversary this concert season, the WINDS has been affiliated with MCC since 1993. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and in England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, and Germany.
MCC Center for Theater
The Center, which operates within the Arts and Humanities Department, provides theater classes for MCC students as well as a diversified schedule of performances. These include a season of plays produced by the College, an annual concert by the Overbrook Dance Theater, and touring productions of various kinds.All performances take place in the Overbrook Theater on the Muskegon Community College main campus, 221 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49442. For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.
Muskegon Dance Movement
Muskegon Dance Movement is the Muskegon Community College resident dance company under the artistic direction of MCC Dance Coordinator Melissa Brunsting. “I strive to make dance a part of the culture in our city, and center my choreography around that goal as much as possible,” explained Brunsting, who grew up in Western New York before earning a bachelor’s degree in dance from Hope College.