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40th Annual New Music Concert presented at MJC


Date : April 14, 2017 -
Time : 7:00pm
Location : MJC, East Campus
Address : 435 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
Description : The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents the 40th Annual New Music Concert on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. A reception is held in the Auditorium lobby following the performance.

The program will feature performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers.

Performances include the award winning compositions from the 40th annual MJC Celebration of the Humanities student arts contest. Awards are presented in classical music, popular music, electronic music composition, classical music solo performance and popular music solo performance categories.

Sam Regalado of Boscoe’s Brood, and a history professor at the California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, is slated to perform two of his original music compositions.

Jeff Crawford, music instructor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton is presenting his latest electronic music composition.

The Modesto progressive rock group “Monkey Knife Fight” is scheduled to perform two new original music compositions.

MJC instructor and Modesto Symphony pianist, John Hillebrandt is playing an original piano composition.

David Dow, MJC professor of music and coordinator of this concert, is performing his compositions “Fuse,” “Timesteps,” “Extemporaneous” and “Random Riffs” on the program.

Also playing an original group improvisation is the New Music Ensemble.

This year’s 40th annual concert is dedicated to the memory of Shirley Woodward, MJC professor emeritus, pianist, accompanist, composer, theorist and mentor.

The New Music Concert was founded 40 years ago as a collaborative effort between Woodward and Dow to encourage students and faculty to create and perform new music. After creating the music, students could enter their works in “The Manuscript Madness” composition contest and win cash prizes. This competition later became a part of the MJC Celebration of the Humanities contest that is still going strong today.
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