November 23, 2022

Free Holiday Concerts by Community College Musicians

ON TOUR AND ON CAMPUS: The Mercer County Community College Jazz Band, directed by Scott Hornick, had its debut holiday concert of the season on November 16 at MarketFair on Route 1. It was the group’s first performance there since 2019. More free shows are scheduled for November and December.

The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Jazz Band is performing free holiday favorites this season at local malls and on the campus at Kelsey Theatre. Additional concerts this season, at Kelsey Theatre, are by the MCCC music faculty and the MCCC Symphonic Band.

Directed by Scott Hornick, the jazz band — composed of 13 MCCC students, faculty, and special guests — will play works by Wayne Shorter, Erroll Garner, George and Ira Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Kurt Weill, Ringo Sheena, and others. All selections feature improvisations by MCCC jazz students.

The jazz band performs Wednesday, November 30, 6-7:30 p.m. at Princeton MarketFair; and Wednesday, December 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Quaker Bridge Mall before a final concert on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. That concert will also be available via livestreaming.

On December 13 at 7:30 p.m. MCCC faculty, in conjunction with the MCCC music club, will perform in Kelsey Theatre as part of a scholarship fundraiser for music students. The event will be livestreamed, and donations will be accepted both in person and online.

Free of charge on December 21 at 7:30 p.m. is the MCCC Symphonic Band, directed by Lou Woodruff. The 45-member ensemble will present classics by Vivaldi, Sousa, and Strauss, plus a variety of pops and seasonal favorites. A traditional holiday sing-along will also be orchestrated. Reservations are required.

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