HFC announces fall music performance schedule

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford College Music Program will perform at four different venues this fall.

HFC’s Big Band will perform at Smoke on the Grill at 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Ford Field, 22051 Cherry Hill Road. Smoke on the Grill is a Dearborn Goodfellows fundraiser for the Dearborn Education Foundation. Admission is $25.

HFC Applied Music Students will perform at a Student Recital at 11:10 a.m. Nov. 17 in Room F-113 of the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on HFC’s main campus, 5101 Evergreen. Admission is free.

HFC Chorus, Blue Fusion and Renaissance Voices combine their talents at the Winter Choral Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 21915 Beech St. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students with a valid photo identification.

Renaissance Voices will perform “A Festival Of Lessons & Carols” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 N. Military. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students with a valid photo identification.

HFC is home to one of the largest music programs with the most number of music ensembles of all two-year colleges in Michigan. The musicians in the ensembles represent a cross-section of HFC’s student body.

Music ensembles from HFC have regularly toured and performed at special events across the nation and in Europe. The Big Band and Midnight Blue Vocal Jazz ensembles have performed at the inaugurations of both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Additionally, HFC musicians have performed at the National Museum of American History for approximately 4,000 attendees.

At the beginning of 2016, HFC launched a new one-year program in Recording Arts featuring a fully functional digital recording studio. Students in the Recording Arts Certificate program will gain hands-on experience in a fully functioning recording studio while learning the tools and vocabulary necessary to succeed in a professional recording studio.

This program is suited to students who love music, like to make beats, and record but who have never been in band, orchestra, or choir.

“I’m looking forward to performing at this fall’s concerts,” said Rick Goward, founder and director of HFC’s Big Band. “I feel energized and ready to go. It is such a privilege working with such talented musicians.”

The HFC music program offers an Associate of Arts degree in Music and a Certificate in Recording Arts. Music courses, bands and choirs are also open to all HFC students and members of the community. In addition to rehearsal and classroom facilities, HFC has a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Music courses provide instruction in music theory, aural skills, music history, voice, piano and recording techniques as well as music appreciation and the history of rock ’n’ roll.

Performing ensembles at HFC include chorus, vocal jazz, band, and jazz band; several of these groups have open rehearsals during the first week of classes.

Classes for the fall semester began Aug. 25.

For further information about the concerts or HFC’s Music Program contact HFC music instructor G. Kevin Dewey at 313-845-6474 or kdewey@hfcc.edu, or go to www.hfcc.edu/music.