Santiago Canyon College Invites Community
Holiday Showcase on November 30
Orange - The community is invited to attend Santiago Canyon College’s Holiday Showcase: A Celebration of the Holiday Season in Several Cultural Contexts on Saturday, November 30. This special event is directed by Dr. Binh Vu, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) assistant professor of music, and Dr. Larry Ball, retired SCC music professor.
The Holiday Showcase will feature the SCC Collegiate Choir, the SCC Chamber Choir, and the SCC Community Festival Orchestra. Special guests will include the Ngan Khoi Chorus, a community chorus serving the Vietnamese communities in Southern California; the Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church Festival Choir; and the Orange High School Dance Ensemble under the direction of Carrie Woodson.
“My dream is for Santiago Canyon College to become a place where local talents can come and blend together in perfect harmony,” said Vu. “With time, SCC will be synonymous with a cultural mix of music, dance, and other performing arts for the entire community to savor.”
The festive showcase will include a wide range of music to appeal to the entire family. Featured pieces include classical favorites by Rossini, Strauss, Handel; as well as modern compositions by Frank Loesser, John Adams, Alan Menken, David Clydesdale, and more. As a special treat, Sheryl Donchey, SCC theatre arts instructor and retired Santa Ana College theatre arts professor, is serving as the showcase’s production stage director. Under her direction, holiday vignettes will feature appearances by Rancho Santiago Community College District theatre arts students, as well as a cameo appearance by none other than Ebenezer Scrooge. Masters of ceremony for the evening’s entertainment are Melinda Womack, SCC communications professor; Martin Stringer, SCC dean of business, mathematics and science; and Christine Cummings, SCC theatre arts instructor.
The Performing Arts Holiday Showcase gets underway at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 at the SCC Gymnasium, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869. General admission tickets are $10; tickets for seniors, students, and children under 12, and SCC staff are $5. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sccollege.edu/holidayshowcase. For more information, call (714) 628-4822.
About Dr. Binh Vu
As a conductor and music director, Vu serves multiple ethnic communities in the U.S., Vietnam, and throughout Europe. In addition to teaching at SCC where he serves as the chair of the Performing Arts Department, Vu serves as part-time music director at Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church and as the artistic director of the Ngan Khoi Chorus, a community chorus serving the Vietnamese communities in Southern California. Vu has guest conducted several orchestras in Europe, including the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Maikop (Russia), Ploiesti State Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), and others. Vu earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral and Orchestral Conducting from The Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge.
About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College is a public community college of Rancho Santiago Community College District, serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin and Villa Park. The college provides education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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