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Montgomery County Community College launches its 2015-16 Lively Arts Series with a fusion of global music and theater

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Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series featuring performances in music, dance and theater is poised to kick off its  2015-16 series.

The season begins with with a music concert co-presented with Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society, featuring the global vocalist Ramakrishnan Murthy who will be accompanied by veteran artists R.K. Shriramkumar on violin and Arun Prakash on Mridangam on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Murthy’s pitch-perfect, resonant voice combined with rhythmic music of these gifted accompanists will create a memorable performance that highlights the classic Indian artistic traditions.

 Ramakrishnan Murthy (Courtesy of Sruti)

Ramakrishnan Murthy (Courtesy of Sruti)

Prior to the performance, Sruti will present a Bala Bhavam Vocal Concert at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Science Center Theater. The concert will feature vocalists Priyanka Dinakar and Mallika Dinakar, violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar and percussionist (Mridangam) Sanjeev Bala. The performers are members of the Sruti Youth Group and have been studying under master artist Kiranavali Vidyasankar. The vocal concert is free and open to the community.

In association with these performances, the Lively Arts Series will be hosting its first workshop of the season featuring Indian Classical Carnatic Music by Kiranavali Vidyasankar. This free workshop will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Center room 212. All students and community members are invited to attend.

The American Shakespeare Center’s “Henry V.” (Photo courtesy of The American Shakespeare Center)

The American Shakespeare Center’s “Henry V.”
(Photo courtesy of The American Shakespeare Center)

Following Murthy’s opening performance of the season, the Lively Arts Series continues on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. with a performance by Grammy-awarded, Emmy-nominated fiddler Eileen Ivers. As the daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Her background is reflected in her Irish-American style of music, and she’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times.

During the third weekend in October, the Lively Arts Series switches the lineup to theater with The American Shakespeare Center’s performance of “The Life of King Henry V” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. Presented by one of the most respected theater companies in the world, “Henry V” is the story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history. This mesmerizing performance of Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays will not only captivate the audience members but make them a part of the story.

October’s performances conclude with South African jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya onSaturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.  Ibrahim has been touring the world for more than 25 years and has performed at major concert halls, clubs and festivals for sold-out shows. His own ensemble, Ekaya, continues to play music that transcends generations and cultures.

For a complete list of the 2015-16 performances and to order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Full season subscriptions are available for only $125 and include all 13 performances for 2015-16. You also can Create Your Own Series by selecting six shows for only $90. For the latest details about the Lively Arts Series and the fine arts at Montgomery County Community College, like and follow www.facebook.com/DestinationArts.

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