Music Division Recap: Spring Concerts 2018
The end of each semester brings a series of terrific musical performances to the Main Stage in the FTC Performing Arts Center. This spring semester is no different. In fact, on Friday evening, May 4, the Music Division showcased some of the amazing accomplishments of both faculty and students alike. The theater was packed, the energy was vibrant and the show was spectacular!
Many thanks to the Chair of the Music Division, Dr. Jill Miller-Thorne and all of the Professors who led the Evening of Jazz, including Dr. Steve Briody (Director-Jazz Orchestra), Dave Lobenstein (Director-Creative Music Combo), Peter Rogine (Jazz Guitar Ensemble), Dr. Scott Ballin (American Songbook Ensemble), and Kristi Adams (Vocal Jazz Ensemble).
Next up is the Spring Concert I on Sunday May 6 and the Spring Concert II on May 8-both will take place in the FTC Performing Arts Center and are expected to fill the houseJ So, get your tickets and support your fellow classmates, professors and show your school spirit!!
Thank you to everyone who participated and made this spring semester @ FTC alive with the Sounds of the Season!!!
Here are some pictures:
Jazz Combo Group: FTC’s select small jazz group featuring contemporary jazz and original compositions – this exciting ensemble of musicians is directed by renowned bassist and educator Prof. Dave Lobenstein.
Jazz Guitar Ensemble: Jazz classics performed by a guitar quintet – directed by legendary guitar educator Peter Rogine. Our jazz guitar group recently performed at the prestigious Jazz Education Network conference in January 2018 . .an honor to be our first ensemble ever invited!
American Songbook: This segment features solo performances from our highly talented vocalists. The audience will be treated to the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and more – directed by piano virtuoso Dr. Scott Ballin.
FTC Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Director Prof. Kristi Adams and assistant Yuki Yamaguchi have once again inspired an impeccable vocal group, which involves complex ensemble work and outstanding soloists. Their repertoire ranges from Irving Berlin to Kurt Elling, as well an original work from star student Jessica Chertock.
Jazz Orchestra: The evening concludes with FTC’s 17-member select group of musicians. The professional-level band consists of Doctoral, Masters, and undergraduate students, and features an extraordinarily wide range of pieces from performers such as Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, The Police, Horace Silver, and Charles Mingus.
It has been a very active semester for our music students and faculty. From performances in Dallas, Albany, Treme Jazz club, Heckscher Museum, and our special NASM student recital, we are proud of their work. Professors Karahalis, Briody, and Pagano had the honor of being selected as conductors for Nassau and Suffolk All-County student concerts. Visits from world-renowned musicians such as Stuart Hamm, Carl Fischer, and Danny Seraphine (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer from the Band “Chicago”) have also made this year a great one.