Spring 2017

Tuesday Lunchtime Recital Series

February 21, March 21, and April 18, 12:30 p.m.
Selected students and guest faculty members from FCC’s Music Program perform in a collaborative monthly format. Free and open to the public. Studio Theater F142

Saturday, February 25, 12 -3:30 p.m. Percussion Day
FCC Faculty Percussionist Greg Herron leads this annual event with nationally recognized percussion performers and educators. Special guest percussion ensembles performances from Linganore High School, FCC Percussion Ensemble and Frederick Town Fife and Drum. Followed by a total percussion clinic by Greg Herron and concluding with a drum set clinic by Steve Fidyk. Door prizes provided by Vic Firth Drumsticks, Vater Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals and Mapex Drums. There will be plenty of "hands on" opportunities throughout the day. Drummers, percussionists, and percussion enthusiasts won't want to miss this once-a-year percussion extravaganza! JBK Theater. Admission is FREE!
Event schedule:
12:00 p.m. Local Ensemble Showcase
1:15 p.m. Total Percussion Clinic: Greg Herron
2:30 p.m. Drum Set Clinic: Steve Fidyk

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. An American Quilt
Jonathan Cresci Faculty Trumpet Recital  
Emerging Artist Jonathan Cresci will perform a charming selection of American compositions showcasing a variety of textural and tone color possibilities for the trumpet, cello and piano. Assisted by cellist Doug Jameson and pianist David Foley, this vibrant trio will explore the works of the Copland, Ewazen and more.  As a special treat faculty Lynn Staininger will perform musical settings of Ogden Nash’s 4 comedic poems Animal Ditties.  This program is sure to appeal to everyone! F142 Studio Theater. Free Admission.

Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. National String Symphonia celebrate symphonic string music by women composers. JBK Theater
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Sunday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. Swingin’ Sisters
Mary Gresock Faculty Voice Recital
FCC voice faculty Mary Gresock will be joined by vocalists Laura Halick and Jennifer Suess to perform trios and vocal duets from Opera to Broadway. A special musical salute to the Andrews Sisters and Gershwin's most popular hits will set your toes tappin' and fingers snappin'! Join us for an afternoon of musical delights! JBK Theater. General admission: $10 Adults. $8 Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance or in advance at

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. A Taste of Italy
Directed by Jennifer Rundlett
FCC’s Flute Choir will explore the great contribution of Italian composers to the classical and folk repertoire. Music of Respighi, Vivaldi, Corelli, Victor Herbert, Nino Rota and many more. Featuring special guest accordionist Don Annonio. Door prize gift certificate sponsored by Manalu Italian Restaurant.  JBK Theater. Free Admission.

The Frederick Community College Music Department celebrates Jazz in April with concerts and special guest artists all month long. In addition to the concerts listed below there will be mid-day Jazz sessions in the Cougar Grill on April 4, 11, 25.  Free and open to the public, please consider joining us for lunch.

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 The Great American Songbook
Directed by Anita Thomas
Jazz in April kicks off the month with a double arts event celebration. FCC’s Jazz Workshop with special guest Craig Gildner, will explore the music of timeless classics of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway Musicals. This dynamic swing band leader, male vocalist, guitarist and pianist will join forces with selected students to explore the intimate setting of a wide variety of jazz combos. Truly a special treat and one you don't want to miss! JBK Theater.General admission: $12 Adults. $10 Students and Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance or in advance at

Plan to start your evening a early with an art open house reception featuring the work of sculpture Luc Fiedler of Elf Studio from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Swing into Spring with the Commodores.
Join us as we continue in our month long celebration with the U.S. Navy Band Commodores.  Jazz is America’s music and the Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. This vibrant, dynamic group is constantly striving for musical excellence and the pursuit of new and exciting ways to communicate with their audiences. JBK Theater. Admission Free

Tuesday, April 18, 12:30 p.m. The Life and Times of Thelonious Monk.
As part of the lunchtime recital series Howard Burns discusses this year’s Jazz in April tribute to Thelonious Monk. Assisted by jazz faculty members Anita Thomas, Michael Raitzyk and Robert Sykes. F142 Studio Theater. Free Admission.

Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Rhythm-A-Ning
Directed by Howard Burns
FCC’s premier jazz ensemble will feature the innovational jazz group Otherworld led by pianist Jeffrey Chappell as they pay tribute to jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Otherworld creates compelling works by playing a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, and blending jazz, classical, and Middle Eastern influences. JBK Theater. General admission: $12 Adults. $10 Students and Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance or in advance at

Friday April 28, 7:30 and Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. You and the Night and the Music: Jazz at the JBK.
Directed by Lynn Staininger
The Choral Arts Society of Frederick will be joined by FCC jazz faculty trio Howard Burns, Anita Thomas and Robert Sykes to showcase popular choral jazz favorites. JBK Theater. Adults $18, Students and Seniors $15, FCC students free. To purchase tickets in advance go to

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. Romanian Rainbow
The Frederick Symphony Orchestra  featuring the winner of the young artist showcase, Conducted by Glenn Quader and playing the music of Enescu and Bartok. JBK Theater, Tickets at the door: $25 adults, students $15. For Advance Tickets go to:

Thursday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Carnival
Directed by Lynn Fleming
The FCC String Ensemble will feature music by Saint-Saens and many more.  Join this fun group as they make music that is filled with joy. F142 Studio Theater. Free admission.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. An American Art Form 
Directed by Anita Thomas
FCC’s Improvisational Jazz Workshop Ensemble explores the music from the early days of the 1920s New Orleans Hot Jazz and Dixieland to the Big Band Sound of the 1930s and 40s and the modern progressive Bebop styles. Enjoy the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many more. JBK Theater. Free Admission.

Friday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. Music of Our National Parks  
Directed by Aaron Lovely
FCC’s Wind Ensemble will present an evening of music celebrating the 100 years anniversary of the National Park Service. Featuring the music of Aaron Copland, Philip Sparke, James Newton Howard, John Philip Sousa, Robert Sheldon and more. JBK Theater. Free Admission.

Sunday, May 14, 3:00 p.m. Music of the Americas
Join us for this Faculty/Student recital to pay tribute to the music of North and South American composers. From the well-known compositions of George Gershwin and Aaron Copland to the lesser- known treasures of Teresa Carreno and Astor Piazzolla this recital will showcase how folk elements from these composers' diverse cultures have influenced classical music. This is an Artist Series collaborative project between FCC music faculty and continuing education adult students to promote life-long learning. F142 Studio Theater.  Free Admission.

Saturday June 10, 7:30 p.m. “Forbidden Love” Frederick Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Highlights from Bernstein’s West Side Story. JBK Theater, tickets at the door $25 adults, $15 students. For advance tickets go to: