The Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) is showcasing its fall academic music concerts virtually through live stream starting this month.
To maintain safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the FPAC is helping viewers enjoy free concerts at home. A link to each live-streamed performance is online. The link will become active on the concert date.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble presents The Moraine Valley Little Big Band! This ensemble, now in its 23rd season, is performing with a scaled-down, 11-piece ensemble. Selections include music by Clifford Brown, Oliver Nelson, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, as well as John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Moraine Valley Concert Band presents Music for Chamber Winds and Percussion. Opening its 16th season, the pared-down group will play pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Phillip Sousa, Samuel Hazo, Randall Standridge and more.
On Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., the Moraine Valley Community Orchestra performs inspirational music for a pandemic. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 at almost 300 years old will express soothing harmonies. The orchestra also will recognize the 21st century with Duke Ellington’s “Echoes of Harlem” and Ilari Hilkil’s “Return to the Indian Valley.” It will close with a Strauss Viennese waltz and Argentine tango.
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble performs Holiday Percussion Pandemonium! Celebrating its 16th season, the ensemble will stage an evening of holiday selections, groovy percussion pop, spy-themed music, serious chamber works and more.
On Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers presents Merry Christmas Music for its 22nd season with a variety of music to get viewers in the holiday spirit along with a few surprises. The Chorale is a community-based choir, and the Chamber Singers is an ensemble featuring Moraine Valley students.
Donations are being accepted for the music scholarship and/or Build a Choir Library by texting the word MUSIC to (708) 719-9992 or visiting morainevalley.edu/music-scholarship/ or morainevalley.edu/moraine-valley-chorale-donations/.