Montgomery County Community College music faculty presents a free concert for the community

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WHITPAIN, Pa.—As part of the ongoing 50th anniversary festivities, Montgomery County Community College’s talented music faculty will showcase their skills by presenting a free concert on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. While the concert is free, tickets are required and may be obtained by visiting the Lively Arts box office or calling 215-641-6518 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m

Audience members will be treated to a wide range of musical selections, including a Schumann piano trio, a classical guitar duet, solo piano works by Liszt and Haydn, and a set of pieces from the MCCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Some of the evening’s highlights will include the following MCCC faculty members:

The MC3 Piano Trio features Elizabeth Guerriero on violin, Gail Abbasi on violoncello and Soh Lee on piano and fortepiano. The trio performs frequently throughout the Philadelphia area, including recent full recital at the Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park. Guerriero currently teaches strings and orchestra atMCCC and Rider University, New Jersey. Cellist Gael Abbasi studied with Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet and Janos Starker, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She was a founding member of Strings for Schools, Inc., now known as Musicopia. A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Soh Lee completed her Doctor of Music Arts degree in piano performance at Rutgers University. While attending Rutgers, she performed for the Bridgewater Concert Series of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Kirkpatrick Chapel Concert Series and was a winner of the South Orange Symphony Artist Competition in New Jersey. The MC3 Piano Trio will be releasing their first recording, “Live from Laurel Hill” later this year.

The classical guitar duet features Michael Simmons and Thomas Smith, who previously performed with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio. Along with Marisol Rampolla, the Trio performed locally, throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as roster artists for the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour program (PennPAT), and at international festivals in Puerto Rico and Panamá. The Simmons-Smith Classical Guitar Duo developed when the two long-time friends and colleagues reunited to explore the repertoire for two guitars.

The MCCC Faculty Jazz Ensemble includes Robin Haffley, who teaches jazz studies at the College. As a professional woodwind doubler, Haffley’s training in classical music and jazz allows him the flexibility to perform in a number of ensembles ranging from jazz trios to big bands, classical duos to symphony orchestras, or show bands to theater orchestras. He has performed with Tim Hagans (jazz trumpet/recording artist), Mike Brignola (baritone saxophonist for the Woody Herman Big Band & Miami Saxophone Quartet), Rick Stepton (trombonist for the Buddy Rich Band), Richie Cole (jazz alto saxophonist/recording artist), Bernadette Peters, and Bob Hope, as well as various members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Haffley has also recorded with world-renowned jazz clarinetist, Buddy De Franco. In late 1999, Haffley released his debut CD as performer, composer, and producer. Compositions from Impressions received national airplay and were used in a film. Additionally, Haffley is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy Organization).

A full list of faculty performers will be available during the evening of the performance.

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