SMC Applied Music Program Presents Free Concert May 7
Santa Monica College Applied Music Program (AMP) students and faculty will host a live virtual concert on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include live presentations of video performances featuring some of the most gifted music students in SMC in a program that includes solo and group performances in classical and jazz styles.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be presented online on the social media platform Facebook (Facebook membership is not required to enjoy the concert). A link to the event is available in the SMC Events Calendar listing at smc.edu/calendar.
“Despite the challenges of technology and distance learning, students continue to learn and make music at SMC!” said Brian Driscoll, chair of SMC’s music department, who co-leads the applied music program with SMC music teachers Jimmy Cheesman and Gina Saputo Bagg. “This concert provides the missing link: the opportunity for students to share the fruits of their labor with an audience. We hope people will tune in from the comfort of their own homes to see and hear how music is created in the homes of so many students.
The Applied Music Program, which is part of SMC’s continuing efforts to combine high-level artistic education with high-quality performance for audiences, is dedicated to fostering the development of outstanding instrumentalists, singers and composers, with the aim of preparing each student for a successful transfer as a specialization in music at a four-year university or conservatory.
The rigorous academic program – founded in 2001 by Dr James Smith – requires students to audition for the program and, if accepted, take ensemble, music theory and performance classes, as well as lessons. private.
For more information, call 310-434-3005 or 310-434-4323.
Submitted by Grace Smith