CCC&TI presents the 2022 Fall Performing Artist Series

Aug. 25—HUDSON—Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts Music Program will host the Performing Artists Concert Series this fall with several featured events that are free and open to all students and the general public.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events and additional details.

On Thursday, September 8 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host Jonathan Scales Fourchestra.

Scales has been called one of the most innovative steel pansmiths on the planet, and redefines and challenges traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to emulate the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba through his stunning and virtuoso technique. Scales’ compelling compositions captivated listeners and elevated him to a true composer, forging new territory in the instrumental music world.

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has performed across North America, Europe, Japan, Central America, the Caribbean, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Additionally, Jonathan Scales has played with notable musicians such as Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, MonoNeo and Weedie Braimah.

On Tuesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host Alan Mearns.

Mearns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He began his musical studies with the classical violin at the age of five, switching to the guitar at the age of 10. Moving to the United States in his late teens, he studied classical guitar performance with Douglas James at Appalachian State University (where he held the prestigious Fletcher Scholarship) and with Stanley Yates at Austin Peay State University.

On Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the WWC Gamelan Ensemble.

Gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble from Indonesia consisting mainly of metal percussion instruments. The WWC Gamelan Ensemble, founded in 2011, is an introduction to the performance of Indonesian gamelan. He performs different styles of gamelan from Java and Bali depending on the semester, with almost all of the repertoire coming from the transcriptions and arrangements of Burhan Sukarma and Dr. Han Kuo-huang. The ensemble is open to all students and auditions are not mandatory. Out of respect for the gamelan instruments and the spirit supposed to inhabit them, Indonesian musicians take off their shoes before playing and take care not to step over the instruments. WWC Gamelan Ensemble members also observe these performance practices.

On Wednesday, December 7 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the CCC&TI Choir.

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Chorus is led by Alexandria McNeely and the ensemble includes students, community members, staff and faculty. With a master’s degree in vocal performance, McNeely is a recent graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music. The theme of this concert will be based on music focused on peace, love and unity. The CCC&TI choir is the only community choir in the region open to all members of the community aged 16 and over. If you are interested in singing with the CCC&TI Choir, please contact the college music director, Justin Butler, at 828-726-2457, [email protected]

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about CCC&TI’s fine arts related music programs or events, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or email [email protected]

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