HFC’s 22nd annual President’s Collage Concert Feb. 25

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford College Music Department will present the 22nd annual President’s Collage Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

“It is always such a pleasure to see these talented musicians perform HFC President Stan Jensen said. “I look forward to attending this concert every year.”

The President’s Collage Concert is an annual tradition that began at HFC in 1996 with the support of Andrew Mazzara, then-president of HFC (when it was called Henry Ford Community College).

The HFC Music Department has continued the tradition of presenting this special evening, which celebrates HFC’s music program – the largest two-year ensemble program in Michigan. HFC’s music directors bring together the College’s many choral and instrumental ensembles for a varied and exciting performance. More than 250 performers will participate in this year’s show.

The first President’s Collage Concert was held at Edsel Ford High School in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, the concert was held at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. The concert moved to its current home at the Ford Center in 2002. This year marks its 16th year in that location.

HFC musical ensembles performing this year are:

• Two jazz bands – Studio 110 and the Henry Ford Big Band.
• One concert band  – Metropolitan Symphony Band.
• One vocal jazz ensemble – Blue Fusion.
• One women’s choral ensemble – Renaissance Voices.
• Two mixed choirs – HFC Chorus and Vanguard Voices.

HFC music faculty members Rick L. Goward, G. Kevin Dewey, and Randall L. Knight will conduct the musical groups.

“I’ve composed a song for the college, which is dedicated to HFC,” said Dewey. “The 200-plus musicians will be premiering it at the Collage Concert, and the audience will even be invited to sing along. I’m very excited.”

Tickets cost $18 and may be purchased at the Ford Center box office from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are also available online at www.dearborntheater.com.

For discounted group rates of four tickets or more, contact Goward at rgoward@hfcc.edu. For questions or further information about ticket sales, call 313-943-2354.