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Friday, December 16, 2005

Eleven concerts — performed by Orange Coast College’s Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Big Band, Music Department, Dance Department and Theatre Department — are on tap on campus this spring.

OCC’s Music Department faculty will offer a "Music Faculty Recital" on Saturday evening, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Piano, voice, guitar and instrumental faculty will perform classical and jazz works. Proceeds from the concert will go to fund the John McEnary Scholarship Endowment. McEnary, who died in 2003, was an OCC music professor for more than 25 years.

Orange Coast College’s Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Soto, will perform "Music From the Troubled Soul" on Saturday evening, March 25, in Robert B. Moore Theatre. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

The program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Teresa DeJong-Pombo. Making her ninth appearance as a soloist with the orchestra, DeJong-Pombo, a University of Southern California graduate, teaches piano classes at OCC.

The concert will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

OCC’s Chorale, also under the direction of Soto, will offer a "Broadway Revue" on Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. The 120-voice Chorale will offer an elegant show of Broadway favorites, under the baton of guest conductor, OCC musical theatre workshop instructor, Beth Hansen.

Orange Coast College’s Dance Department will host its 43rd annual "Student Dance Concert" on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 28-29.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. in the Moore Theatre.

The concert, directed by dance professor, Linda Sohl-Donnell, will offer a variety of dance styles including modern, jazz, tap, ballet, Middle Eastern and flamenco. Sixty advanced dance students will take part in the performances.

The concert will include choreographed works by OCC faculty members, students and guest artists. All works will be performed by students.

Dr. Soto will bring together his OCC Symphony, Chorale and Chamber Singers to present an "All-Mozart Concert" on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. in the Moore Theatre. The concert will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, in A major, K. 201, and the composer’s sacred work, "Regina Coeli."

The concert will conclude with Mozart’s soaring Coronation Mass in C major, K. 317.

A Southern California native, Soto earned his B.A. and master’s degrees in music from California State University at Fullerton, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.

OCC’s 65-member Wind Ensemble will offer a concert that features music of the "Wild West" on Sunday afternoon, May 17, in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of music professor, Dana Wheaton. Titled "The Wild West Rides Again!" curtain is slated for 3 p.m.

OCC’s student dancers will stage their sixth annual "Fiesta Latina" celebration on campus on Thursday and Friday, May 11-12.

Fiesta Latina is an Orange Coast College dance and cultural heritage outreach to Orange County’s elementary schools and high schools — and to local adults. It’s a colorful and energetic educational presentation, offering striking examples of Latin American culture, dance and music.

One-hour public performances are scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., and Friday at 11 a.m. in the Moore Theatre. The performances are open to elementary and high school students, and to members of the community. Admission is free.

Fiesta Latina artistic director is OCC dance professor, Jose Costas, a native of Puerto Rico who spent nine years as principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico of New York.

OCC’s Theatre Department will stage Stephen Sondheim’s disturbingly brilliant musical, "Assassins," Thursdays through Sundays, May 4-7 and 11-14, in the Drama Lab Theatre. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The show, directed by Beth Hansen, is one of the most controversial musicals ever written. The brilliantly melodic show looks at America’s presidential assassins and would-be assassins.

OCC has twice previously mounted the musical production on campus. It was first staged in the spring of 1995, and was reprised the following summer. Both productions received lavish praise from audiences and critics alike.

The college’s 25-member Guitar Ensemble, directed by Joseph Poshek, will offer its spring concert on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The concert will include solo, duo and ensemble works.

Poshek, who heads up OCC’s Music Theory Program, is a classical guitarist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared at Carnegie Recital Hall. Poshek has a B.A. in musical composition from Macalister College in St. Paul, Minn., and B.A. and M.A. degrees in guitar from the Manhattan School of Music.

OCC’s Dance Department will offer its end-of-the-semester informal "Studio Hour," on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. Admission is free. OCC students will perform a wide range of dance styles, including jazz, modern, ballet, tap, Middle Eastern, African, Indian, Latin, swing and Flamenco.

OCC’s Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Paul Navidad, will perform its spring concert on Sunday afternoon, May 21, at 1 p.m. in Robert B. Moore Theatre. The band will perform works by a host of different jazz greats.

For concert or ticket information, phone (714) 432-5880.

OCC’s Spring Music and Dance Season

Saturday, Feb. 25 OCC Music Faculty Recital

Saturday, March 25 OCC Symphony: "Music From the Troubled Soul"

Saturday, April 8 OCC Chorale: "Broadway Revue"

Fri./Sat., April 28-29 OCC Student Dancers: "Spring Student Dance Concert"

Saturday, May 6 OCC Symph., Chorale, Chamber Singers: "Mozart Concert"

Sunday, May 7 OCC Wind Ensemble: "The Wild West Rides Again!"

Thurs./Fri., May 11-12 OCC Student Dancers: "Fiesta Latina"

T-Sun., May 4-7, 11-14 OCC Theatre Department: "Assassins"

Saturday, May 13 OCC Guitar Ensemble: "Solo, Duo and Ensemble Works"

Tuesday, May 16 OCC Student Dancers: "Studio Hour"

Sunday, May 21 OCC Big Band Concert