The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents its annual New Music Concert on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The program features performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.
Performances include the award winning compositions from the 42nd 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.
Jeff Crawford, music instructor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, is performing his latest electronic music composition.
Vocalist, cellist and pianist Marina Hanna is playing two original music compositions. The music of Gregory Kim, South Korean composer and professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea, will be performed.
Singer, songwriter and pianist Liz Krulder is playing two original music compositions. Mattea Overstreet is performing her original music compositions on guitar and vocals.
David Dow, MJC professor of commercial music, and coordinator and host of the concert, is performing his original electronic music compositions on the program. Also playing an original group improvisation is the New Music Ensemble.
A reception, featuring music by Hanna, will be hosted in the Auditorium lobby following the concert.
The New Music Concert was founded 42 years ago as a collaborative effort between MJC music instructor emeritus, Shirley Woodward and MJC music instructor David Dow to encourage students and faculty to create and perform new music. After creating the music, students would be able to enter their works in “The Manuscript Madness” composition contest and win cash prizes. The Manuscript Madness competition later became a part of the MJC Celebration of the Humanities Contest that is still going strong today.