By LAQUANA JAMES
The Fine and Performing Arts Center while known for their frequent bake sales, always manages to draw in crowds of people with the incredible amount of diverse performances that the theater has to offer.
This past October, the FPAC had about eight different acts that I was lucky enough to attend. The Jazz Ensemble, which was conducted by CCC’s very own Professor Joseph Akinskas.
Akinskas has been teaching music classes at the college for about eight years and has been conducting bands for as long as 32 years. Akinskas teaches classes such as Music Appreciation and (his favorite) History of Jazz.
The band consists of 45 musicians including two vocalists. Akinskas is not the only one composing the music. Various members of the band have assisted in composing songs for the band. “It’s just a moment in time where we happen to have these people that are multi-talented.” says Akinskas, who is amazed at the fact that his musicians are also gifted at composing songs.
The band performs about 12-15 times a year but aside from the Jazz Ensemble, there are tons of musical performances to look out for at CCC. Most of the events are free but for those that aren’t discounted tickets are available for students with a valid ID.
This month, the famous ballet “The Nutcracker” will be coming to CCC. There will be two performances on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and another at 5 p.m. The third performance will be on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
To see dates and times for other upcoming performances, you can visit the CCC website for more information. Or you can grab a pamphlet from outside of the theater that lists all of the upcoming performances.
Be sure to look out for Akinskas’ jazz band on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Mall for their holiday concert. They perform every year right next to Santa’s Workshop.