Head to the ‘Movies’ with a BC Jazz Performance | Music

Music can add emotion and drama to a movie. Local audiences can experience a bit of that seriousness at “Jazz at the Movies” at Bakersfield College on Monday.

The BC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos’ one-night-only show will feature student ensembles led by Kris Tiner, Director of Jazz Studies and Head of the Performing Arts Department, playing classic and exciting arrangements of film music, in addition to original student compositions.

“We are so happy to be back in the indoor theater for live audiences, Tiner said in a press release. “This program will have something for everyone, and it will be a lot of fun!”

The program will open with new student compositions from BC Jazz Combos, followed by selections from Duke Ellington’s score to Otto Preminger’s courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Murder,” which won a 1959 Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album. Other selections include two composed by Charles Mingus for John Cassavetes’ film “Shadows” and film music by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.

The second half of the concert will feature big band arrangements of popular songs from “Casablanca”, “Austin Powers”, “Despicable Me 2”, “The Muppet Movie” and more.

“Jazz at the Movies” begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the indoor theater at the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center, 1801 Panorama Drive.

Admission is $12, $8 for students, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available at bcjazz.eventbrite.com and at the door.

For more information call 661-395-4313 or visit BCJazz.org.

Spring Choral Concert on Friday

If you must have music this week, Bakersfield College is also hosting its “I Have A Voice” Spring Choral Concert on Friday.

The show will feature a variety of selections “from energetic humor to soulful and thoughtful inspiration” from the BC College Choir, Chamber Singers and Renegade Chorus.

Selected sopranos and altos from area high schools will kick off the show. Many of those performing will move to British Columbia as students this fall and launch a brand new soprano and alto choir.

Also on the program, selections of works by Moira Smiley, Josquin des Prez, Levente Gyöngyösi, Jonathon Larson and traditional Jamaican and South African pieces.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the indoor theater, 1801 Panorama Drive.

Admission is $12, $8 for BC students, seniors, and staff. Tickets are available at bit.ly/bcchoir22 and at the door.

Those wishing to further support BC’s vocal studies program can opt for a Dinner & A Show ticket, which includes a pre-show meal one hour before the concert in the courtyard outside the arts center in the scene. Proceeds will benefit the Choral Studies Program’s European travel plans in 2023.

The cost is $25, with tickets available at the same link.

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