The Activities Center at Sampson Community College will come alive, as the sound of jazz fills the room for a spring concert.
The University of Mount Olive Jazz Ensemble will perform at the local college April 5 at 7 p.m. According to coordinators, this event is free and open to the public.
The purpose of the concert to offer the public a chance to see the college’s newly renovated Activities Center and enrich the community through one of America’s greatest contributions to the arts, jazz music.
“One of the many ways a community college enriches the communities they serve is through cultural enhancement,” Sampson Community College president Dr. Paul Hutchins said. “Sampson Community College is proud to host the University of Mount Olive Jazz band on Tuesday. Jazz is one of America’s great contributions to the arts. Jazz is thrilling and exhilarating! We invite our community to join us for this uplifting concert.”
According to Bill Ford, chair of the UMO music department, the group performs at church dinners and high school events throughout the state. The ensemble is under the direction of Ford and their performance next week will feature Summertime by George Gershwin, Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen by Sholom Secunda, Sack of Woe by Julian Adderley, Blue Monk by Thelonius Monk and Ove Como Va by Tito Puente.
According to Lisa Turlington, SCC Foundation director, having such events at the college is a great way to get the students and the community involved and the shows offer a taste of culture for everyone.
“We are excited to host these talented musicians from the University of Mount Olive and to invite our community to enjoy the performance in our newly renovated Activity Center,” Turlington said. “If there is interest in these kinds of events, we would like to offer more opportunities for enrichment at Sampson Community College.”
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