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Richland College music performances in May


May means music at Richland College! Check out this month’s performances.

All performances will be held in Fannin Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.


May 6 — World Beat Concert: Richland Percussion Group & Steel Bands

May 7 — Student Composer’s Concert: Works composed by students of Professor Jordan Kuspa

May 10 — Dr. Jerry Wallace Music Scholarship Concert: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Singers, $10 admission

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about music performance, call 972-238-6250.

Unique Mother’s Day gifts at Richland College Clay Club sale

Give mom something unique and handmade this Mother’s Day. The Richland College Clay Club will have a one-day sale with ceramic gifts especially designed for Mother’s Day presents. The sale will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  on May 1 in El Paso Hall. All items are handmade by Richland College students.

Richland is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6837.

A hoppin’ good musical: “A Year With Frog and Toad”

frog-and-toad2Richland College presents “A Year With Frog and Toad,” April 30-May 3 in the Arena Theatre.

The characters of Arnold Lobel’s well-loved book hop from the page to the stage in this whimsical, Tony-nominated musical. “A Year With Frog and Toad” follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.

The jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family.

Tickets are free and will be given on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. Showtimes are nightly at 7:30 p.m. on April 30-May 3 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 3. For more information, call 972-238-6256.

Jazz students win big at Sam Houston competition

Congratulations to Ron Jones, Richland College Jazz Ensemble/Big Band director, and Brad Williams, Jazz Small Group Combo director, whose student jazz ensembles were awarded straight superior ratings from all five festival judges during the Sam Houston State University Jazz Festival Competition in Huntsville, Texas, March 28-29. Student musicians Kerry Burkhart, Sam Howard, Jinyu Kim, Austin Lemke and Su Youn Yi also received Outstanding Musician/Soloist awards, earning five of eight individual awards awarded among members of the 14 jazz ensembles from across Texas who competed. Brad Williams was also a guest performer during the afternoon clinic with Lynn Seaton, University of North Texas College of Music professor and professional jazz bassist.

2014 Richland College Carnival of Steel to be April 26

Richland College announces the line up for its 11th annual Carnival of Steel (COS) Festival on April 26.

The 2014 COS Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature performances by Jeff Narell, steel pan recording artist; Jose Aponte, drum set and world percussionist; and Shelly Irvine, steel pan and percussion artist.

The Richland College Steel Band and high school, elementary school and college steel bands from around the state will also perform.

Vendors in music and Caribbean cultures will be on-site with food, clothing and other items for sale. The Carnival of Steel is presented by Richland College in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Texas and Dallas West Indies United.

Admission to the day concert at 11 a.m. is free. Tickets for the performance demo at 5:30 p.m. are $5 and tickets for the guest artist evening concert at 8 p.m. are $10.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Derrick Logozzo at or 972-238-6254. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the day of the performance.

For more information, visit Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Ceramicist to jury RACI show, give workshop at Richland

Raci-cropRichland College will host Amy Halko, successful Californian ceramicist, to jury the first annual Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation (RACI) show, a new Dallas County Community College District exhibit highlighting ceramics and sculpture.

Ms. Halko also will conduct a three-day workshop as part of the event. The workshop will be at Richland College in Fannin Hall, Room F179 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9.

The RACI show will be held April 5-18 at the Janette Kennedy Gallery Southside on Lamar in Dallas. A reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on April 8.

Featured work from Dallas County Community College District students in the RACI show will include ceramic and 3D media. The criteria of the RACI show were set up to promote innovation by requiring only 20 percent of the total artwork to be made from clay. Functional and sculptural pieces were considered as long as the pieces displayed innovation in some form.

The RACI show, established in honor of Richland College Art Visiting Scholar Jen Rose, is funded through a DCCCD foundation grant given by an anonymous donor.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. Southside on Lamar is located at 1409 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.

Richland College music performances in April


Music is in the air at Richland College! Check out these performances in April.

All performances will be held in Fannin Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

April 1 — Chamber Ensembles
April 15 — Richland Jazz Showcase: Faculty Jazz, Jazz Combo, Fusion Band, Jazz Singers, Jazz Ensemble
April 17 — Richland Evening Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Phares Corder
April 22 — Richland Guitar Ensemble
April 25 — Richland Choral Concert: Women’s Chorale, Richmen, Gospel Choir, Jazz Singers, Chamber Singers
April 29 — Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about music performance, call 972-238-6250.

Photography students finalists in magazine contest

Photo by Kristel Friessen

Congratulations to Mary Brown, April Davison, David Featherstone, Kristel Friessen and Aaron Mireles, Richland College photography students, who were selected as finalists in the Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 2014 Annual International College Photography Competition. These students’ photos were selected from more than 16,000 photographs submitted by college and university photography students from across the nation, and the selected photos will be featured in an upcoming photographic publication in June. Photographer’s Forum is an award-winning, quarterly publication that strives to facilitate publication experience for emerging professionals. Congratulations also go to Wayne Loucas, photography professor, who requires his Independent Studies students to enter this competition as part of their course experience.

Richland College Chamber Singers to join A&M-Commerce Chorale in world premiere performance

The Richland College Chamber Singers will join with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Chorale and Wind Ensemble to present the world premiere of “The Temptation of St. Anthony” by composer James Syler as part of the “Music at the Meyerson” series on March 25.

Richland College Chamber Singers, an auditioned 44-voice ensemble directed by Michael Crawford, is one of five choral groups in Richland College’s vibrant music department. Choral ensembles from Tarrant County College, Kilgore College and Northeast Texas Community College will also be part of the combined choir for this premiere.

A&M-Commerce music department officials commissioned the Texas-based composer to write a piece for the university’s Wind Ensemble and Chorale after premiering Mr. Syler’s “Symphony in Blue” at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Mr. Syler is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word.

“Music at the Meyerson” concert, will also include performances by the A&M-Commerce’s Piano Division, Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble featuring trumpet soloist Daniel Kelly.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for a limited number of seats in loge boxes. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

To learn more about Richland College Choral ensembles, visit