Music Department swings into spring

By Sergio Berrueta

East Los Angeles College’s Music Department is back in full swing for the Spring semester to offer the sounds of jazz, orchestra, band and vocals.

Starting March 26, the Music Department will be presenting their Student Recitals. These recitals showcase the talents of students and individuals in the vocal fields to display their range.

This series occurs every month on a Wednesday at 12 p.m. with future recitals on April 23, May 7 and May 28th. Student Recitals are performed at the S2 Recital Hall at the Performing and Fine Arts Complex and are free to the public.

ELAC’s popular First Friday Jazz Concerts continue despite the cancellation of this month’s First Friday Jazz Concert. Jazz stylings fill the air with professional artists and bands of the industry presenting their signature sounds and style to the students and the public.

Past performances of First Friday Jazz Concerts have included the Patrice Rushen Trio, the LA Wirechoir, the David Torres Quintet and Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project.

The next performances in the First Friday Jazz Concerts series will take place on April 4 and May 2 at 8 p.m. with artists to be announced in the future. Admissions for these shows are $12 for general admission and $6 for students with valid I.D.

On May 12, the ELAC Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale will perform a free open to the public concert with donations accepted. The ELAC Orchestra, lead by Samvel Chilingarian, will also perform a free concert on May 26 playing symphonic scores of the past, hand-selected by Chilingarian. These two performances will be held at the S2 Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

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