Next Week Monroe County Community College is hosting several special and unique events as part of the college’s annual events season. All of these events are free and open to the public.
The first event is actually a two-for-one opportunity for music aficionados. On Monday, October 24, 2022, the MCCC College/Community Symphony Band and the Agora Chorale will join forces to open the season and welcome the Agora Chorale’s new director, Johnathan Lunneberg. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Meyer Theater in the La-Z-Boy Center.
The nearly 80-member symphony band, under the direction of long-time director Mark B. Felder, will perform five very different arrangements:
- Whirlwind(s) by Richard L. Saucedo
- Third Suite by Robert Jager including March, Waltz and Rondo
- Root Beer Rag by Billy Joel, arranged by Michael Sweeney
- Mississippi Suite by Ferde Grofe, arranged by Stefan Outjers including Father of Waters, Huckleberry Finn, Old Creole Days and Mardi Gras
- Who's Who in Navy Blue by John Philip Sousa
The 29-member Agora Chorale will also be performing several unique selections, including:
- Ain’a That Good News by William Dawson
- Al Shlosha D’varim by Allan E. Naplan
- Love Walked In by George Gershwin, arranged by Steve Zegree
- Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name by Brazeal Dennard
- Sing Gently by Eric Whitacre
- Mairi’s Wedding, an Irish folksong arranged by Bob Chilcott
On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the Fall Visiting Artist, Cassy Fallon, will host a Workshop from 9:30 a.m. – noon in Room F-126 in Founders Hall and then a Community Presentation from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Atrium of the La-Z-Boy Center. These events kickoff a nearly month-long Public Display of her work in the Learning Resource Center of the Campbell Academic Center that will be open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and, Fridays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fallon is the artist and creator of the comic Dead Water Club, as well as a number of other graphic novels. She landed her first professional illustration work during her second year at Monroe County Community College as an artist on Jay Bell’s Something Like Summer graphic novel. Over the next five years she would also illustrate two more books in Jay Bell’s catalog. Outside of her comic illustration work, Cassy is passionate about traditional and digital art that has a focus on visual communication. This passion has led her to her current pursuits, studying to get into the UX side of the tech world. Keep up with Cassy and her upcoming projects on her website, comics-by-cass.com
On Thursday, October 27, 2022, Great Lakes scientist and author, Dr. John Hartig, will be on campus in the Campbell Academic Center at 2 p.m. to discuss his latest book, Great Lakes Champions: Grassroots Efforts to Clean Up Polluted Watersheds. The book tells the story of 14 people who love the Great Lakes and have led grassroots efforts to clean up some of the most polluted areas of these inland seas and inspired others to follow. They have had to persevere over decades and not give up in the face of adversity. They are well respected and trusted in their communities and are not in it for acclimation or commendation. They simply and profoundly love the Great Lakes, show reverence for them, and work tirelessly to pass them on as a gift to future generations. Their stories are compelling, provide proof that individuals can indeed change the ecosystems where they live, and will give hope to a new generation of champions.
Hartig has 30 years of experience in ecosystem-based management and conservation. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. He serves as the chair of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Great Lakes Way Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
All of these events are being held on the MCCC Main Campus, 1555 S. Raisinville Road, in Monroe, Michigan.
The MCCC Season of Events is made possible through The Foundation of MCCC’s Cultural Enrichment Endowment Fund and the generous donations of Consumers Energy Foundation, DTE Foundation, First Merchants Bank, La-Z-Boy and Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital.
For more information about these and other community events hosted by MCCC visit www.monroeccc.edu/events