Meridian Star


August 18, 2013

Entertainment on the horizon — Arts & Letters style

Season to kick off Sept. 19


MERIDIAN — The Meridian Community College Jazz Band

Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

    The Meridian Community College Jazz Band is an instrumental ensemble with a long history. The group rehearses in the fall as the Monday Night Jazz Band. In 1984 the band played at the World’s Fair in New Orleans and was featured on the 100th Anniversary Concert Series at Carnegie Hall in New York, March of 1991. Auditions are necessary for this ensemble and are open to MCC students on first priority basis. The band has been invited five times to play at the nationally-recognized “Jazz in the Grove” festival. Auditions are held each fall and rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. most Mondays. This year the group will focus on new music for the ensemble, some by area composers. Five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section comprise the unit.


MCC Dimensions Fall Semester Concert

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Dimensions is MCC’s high-energy show group. Performing some 30 shows per year, this vocal band is featured at campus and community events, civic events, festivals, pageants and high schools on local and state levels. They present an exciting performance of song-and-dance routines with a live band. Their style includes everything from pop, classic rock, rhythm and blues, Motown and rap. Comprised of talented singers, dancers, instrumentalist and technicians from many different majors throughout the college, members of the group all receive music scholarships. Auditions for the group are held each year in late April for the following academic semesters. They are under the direction of Tammy Miles and Twyla Hurst along with Mitch Brantley, instrumental director, and Daniel Boles, technical director.


Christmas Gala presented by the MCC Chorus and MCC Guitar Ensemble

Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

The Meridian Community College Chorus and MCC Guitar Ensemble will present a joint concert venture, the MCC Christmas Gala. The performance will be filled with seasonal sounds of joy and celebration as these ensembles share their skill and musical excellence. The MCC Chorus is under the direction of Twyla Hurst and Tammy Miles. The MCC Guitar Ensemble is under the direction of Mitch Brantley.  Guitar students of Brantley have won awards in the Pine Belt Guitar Symposium, the Aguado Club Guitar Competition and the Mississippi Guitar Festival.  Both musical organizations actively perform for events on campus, in the community and at statewide festivals.  Afterwards, enjoy with us delicious desserts prepared by Mark Chandler and the MCC Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology group.


Track 45

Jan. 16, 2014, 7 p.m.

Back to the MCC stage are Meridian siblings Jenna, Benjamin and K.K. Johnson.  These young adults have learned to appreciate a variety of musical styles – and they can play and sing them all. Known for their versatility, they love to entertain. They arrange their own music offering “something for everyone” in their musical variety.  These multitalented artists play an assortment of instruments and styles, specializing in three-part harmonies. You’ll hear everything from bluegrass and oldies to beautiful a cappella and instrumental renditions of classical favorites.


Wizard of Oz performed by American Family Theater

Feb. 4, 2014, 7 p.m.

    Follow the yellow brick road on a magical musical journey and share Dorothy’s fantastic adventures with the Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and the Wizard. In this bright and engaging musical from American Family Theater, award-winning lighting and special effects will amaze the audience as you watch this group of friends learn the timeless message that everyone’s strengths lie within.


All Shook Up performed by Lauderdale County High Schools

Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 2014, 7 p.m.; March 2, 2014, 2 p.m.

    All Shook Up, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, will be performed by the Lauderdale County High Schools. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Don't Be Cruel." All Shook Up is an ideal night of entertainment for audiences of all ages.    


Meridian Community College Band

March 23, 2014, 2 p.m.

    The Meridian Community College Band was organized in 1981, under the direction of Carey Smith. Today, the ensemble is comprised of 50-60 members, college and auditioned high school players, as well as members of the community at large. The season for the concert band runs from January to April. The band’s repertoire consists of famous marches, new music written for the ensemble, highlights from Broadway shows, novelty pieces and serious orchestral transcriptions of overtures. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of Meridian’s own instrumental gems.



MCC Fine Arts


April 10-12, 2014, 7 p.m.; April 13, 2014, 2 p.m.

    Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time. TARZAN features music and lyrics by music icon Phill Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart," and book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.


MCC Chorus Spring Semester Concert

May 6, 2014, 7 p.m.

The MCC Choral Music Department will present a compilation of the year’s repertoire. The MCC Chorus will perform traditional choral literature and a variety of other musical styles. After a brief intermission, Dimensions will take the stage for an electrifying 45 minutes of vocal, instrumental and dance skills complete with lights, staging and non-stop energy that will have you dancing in the aisles. The MCC choirs and ensembles are directed by Tammy Miles and Twyla Hurst. Mitch Brantley and Daniel Boles are instrumental technical directors.

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