Quick Hits: Weekend Picks for Prince George's County
PGCC's Jazz Ensemble closes semester with a concert; 'Seussical the Musical' takes the stage
One hint the school year is about to end is the high number of student musical groups performing concerts there are quite a few this weekend.
At Prince George's Community College the Jazz Ensemble is set to perform at 2 p.m. today in the Marlboro Gallery of the Queen Anne Fine Arts Building on the Largo campus.
Bobby Muncy just took over teaching the jazz ensemble course, but he's had a few students who have been in the class for three or four years, he said.
When he puts together the program for each semester-closing concert, he said he's thinking more about the students than the audience.
"For this particular ensemble, I'm trying to select music that will be more educational for them," Muncy said. "Some of the students do approach me with songs they'd like to do, but I'm the one who puts it together."
The program he has selected for today's show is pretty diverse: "Killer Joe" by Benny Golson; "Summertime" by George Gershwin; "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock; "Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma; "Cantelope Island" by Herbie Hancock; "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington; and "Sonnymoon for Two" by Sonny Rollins.
There are two other student concerts planned at PGCC, with the Concert Choir performing at 8 p.m. Monday and the SAGE senior's classes performing a piano recital at 11 a.m. May 21.
Superior concert: The Prince George's County Public Schools Music Department presents a showcase of choral soloists, ensembles and groups that received a "superior" rating at festivals in a concert at 7 p.m. today at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.
Admission is free. Call 301-322-7371.
String quartet: If you missed it, this week's Gazette includes a preview of the Adelphi String Quartet's final performance of the year.
The foursome are concluding their first year as a resident, graduate student quartet that has performed around the country. The 8 p.m. Sunday concert is also free.
Another story in this week's Gazette is a preview of the annual Cheverly Young Actors Guild play. This year they present "Seussical the Musical."
Bye Bye, "Bye Bye": Prince George's Little Theatre's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" closes its run Saturday at the Bowie Playhouse. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students. Call 301-937-7458.
E-mail Ken Sain at firstname.lastname@example.org.