SC4 bands to play on Feb. 21
SC4’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, conducted by Erick Senkmajer, will play a Winter Fest concert on Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Fine arts building.
Tickets are $7, free for K-12 students with an adult and free for SC4 students who show their Skippers OneCard at the door.
To purchase tickets, please call (810) 989-5513.
For any questions, call (810) 989-5709 or visit www.sc4.edu/arts.
SC4’s Community Choir taking the stage
On Feb. 16, the SC4 Community Choir will present concert in the Fine Arts Theatre at 7 p.m.
The concert, completely free, focuses on the theme of “Seasons of Love.”
For any questions about the concert or the choir please contact the Choir Director Carly Van Dyke, call (810) 989-5709, or visit www.sc4.edu/arts.
SC4 Art department hosts a free movie night
A handful of people attended the free showing of “Inside Llewyn Davis” last Thurs. night as the first installment of a series of free movie showings sponsored by SC4’s art department.
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a story focused on a struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village during the early 1960s. The main character Llewyn Davis, is loosely based on folk singers from that time period such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Dave Van Ronk. The film takes on many themes including the importance of originality, the fluid nature of one’s identity, the evils of the commercial music industry, and human determination. Above all, the film is about a musician and the music he produces.
To follow the theme of music, the next presentation is the movie “We Are The Best!” which is about a group of girls in 1980s Stockholm that start a punk rock band. The Swedish film was adapted from the graphic novel “Never Goodnight” and was featured during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie has been critically acclaimed, earning a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The showing of “We Are The Best!” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in room 312 of the Main Building.
For more information call (810) 989-5709.
Second SC4 Deck Art competition a success
This past Thursday, the Deck Art competition drew to a close with the auction and the award ceremony for the winners of this year’s competition. The event took place in the galleries and main hall of the Fine Arts Building on SC4’s campus, with the top fifty boards chosen by a panel of judges on display. The artists for the top three submissions were awarded with certificates and prizes for their work.
The third place winner for this year’s competition was freshman Haley Hoyt, 18, from Lakeport. Haley is majoring in graphic design but is considering switching to a major in fine arts. Haley’s piece “Teuthoieda” (the scientific name for the type of squid that was portrayed) was created using modeling paste to create the three-dimensional texture, then painted with acrylic paints and finished with a gloss coating.
Ryan McInnis came in second place with his piece “Take Flight.” The thirty-seven-year-old Port Huron local is an on and off student at SC4 majoring in graphic design. Ryan put a lot of work into his board, using spray paint, stencils, designs he created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and a picture of his best friend Sadaat Hossain, the owner of the Raven Cafe. Ryan and Sadaat are both members of a band called The Poltroons, which you might have seen playing during this past weekend’s Chili Fest.
Emily Mainguy won first place with her three board submission titled “Land, Sea & Sky.” Emily, 21, is a sophomore at SC4 majoring in graphic design and is the production editor for the Erie Square Gazette. The digital media piece was originally just one skateboard, however, when a classmate bet Emily to create more, the “Land” and “Sky” elements were added to the submission. “I’m excited and shocked,” Emily exclaimed when asked about earning first place. “We had a lot of entries and it was an even playing field.”
While the winners may have been SC4 graphic design students, all students were eligible to enter into the Deck Art Competition. This included Selena Graves, a seventeen-year-old junior at Riverview High School with her piece “Lone Wolf” that she created using oils, acrylics, and marker. “This is the first big project I’ve done,” she said. Selena plans on going to Full Sail University after graduating high school.
This was the second year for the Deck Art Competition at SC4, and a successful one at that. The contest was the brainchild of Sarah Flatter, the graphic design instructor and full-time faculty member at SC4, who was inspired by events she had seen elsewhere.
Last year the event exhibited all entries, while this year the galleries only displayed the top fifty entries as chosen by a panel of judges. One of the judges for this year’s competition was Garold Vallie, a nationally acclaimed professional skateboarder. Unfortunately, he was unable to make an appearance at the Deck Art auction and award ceremony due to car trouble. Vallie, along with other pro skaters, will be at this year’s Boat Night in Port Huron to kick off the 3rd Annual Deck Art Competition.
Submissions for next year’s Deck Art Competition must be in by Sept. 30, 2015. The only entry fee is $25 per blank skateboard deck. The artists of the top three submissions shall receive certificates and checks for prizes, with first place earning $500, second place with $250, and third place with $100. All fine arts and graphic design students are welcome to enter.
SC4 symphonic band, jazz band, and community choir seek members
If you’re looking to stretch your music muscles, SC4 may have a place for you. The SC4 symphonic band, jazz band, and Community Choir are looking for new members.
All groups are open to advanced high school students, college students and community members.
If you’re tired of the lack of applause from your showerhead an audience from a Community Choir Concert could be reality. The Choir is open to ages 16 and up. Carly Van Dyke, choir director, will conduct rehearsals Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their rehearsals began on Jan. 12 and will continue until May 4.
Rather have an instrument produce sound instead of you personally? Perhaps once of SC4’s bands will fit your style.
The Symphonic Band more of a classic concert band with practices on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
However, if hanging with cool cats is more your jam, the jazz band may have what you’re looking for. The Jazz Band practices from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Both bands are looking for committed members, ages 14 and up, that will attend every rehearsal and concerts. Each one is directed by Erik J. Senkmajer. The bands began practicing Jan. 14 and they will end May 6.
A $25 fee to join is required for all three musical groups. Registration can be done by visiting sc4.edu/artschool or by calling (810) 989-5709.
As Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.” Bring a soul to Port Huron, wings to the minds of students, flight to the imagination of the public, and life to all this semester by sharing your talents with the community.
SC4 honors civil rights leader
St. Clair County Community College hosted the 13th annual event on Monday, Jan. 19, (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at 6:30 p.m. in its Fine Arts Auditorium honoring the civil rights leader. The celebration consisted of live performances including inspirational music, readings, drama, dance, poem and prayer.
Community event sponsors including the Port Huron branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Times Herald, and SC4’s Global Diversity Advisory Council were in attendance.
The house was packed to honor the 1960s civil rights leader. The program, “Rooted in the Past – Growing Towards the Future,” recollected MLK’s life achievements, recognized how his work continues today in our community and the nation, and motivated those present to join in the work that yet remains.
Recordings from African-American gospel and choir music played as the crowd took their seats. Pastor Tray Smith opened with a welcome from SC4’s president, Dr. Kevin A. Pollock. Smith continued introductions throughout the evening with well-received humor.
Carly Van Dyke and SC4 community choir director, Rachel McCue performed the national anthem and other inspirational music. Reverend Carl Miller sang the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with impressive resonance.
St. Mary McCormick Catholic Academy presented its girls Doo Wop vocal group, “Strollers.” They sang, with precision, pop songs from the 1950s that MLK undoubtedly heard.
Young adults from the S.O.N.S. Talented Tenth group expounded on selected MLK writings, within the context of today’s society. They waxed poetic and challenged specific current social situations that do not agree with the dream of MLK.
Kevin Watkins, President of the NAACP Port Huron, shared sincerely about progress in his organization due to Dr. King’s influence. His conviction was shared with passion, that the dream is fulfilled as we move together, as one.
SC4‘s Brent Morton showed the audience personal photographs from his pilgrimage to the iconic places MLK lived, worshipped and worked in Georgia and Alabama. Photos included the bus, on display at Henry Ford Museum, in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.
Alphonso Amos motivated and inspired the crowd as he reflected on the dream of MLK. Amos addressed both the progress of our nation in fulfilling the dream and the work that remains to be done.
Inspirational dance was performed by Lurlene Nichols and LaNeisha Murphy.
Elder David Nichols read the legendary, “I Have a Dream” speech with powerful and moving delivery. Pastor Tray Smith shared final remarks and led prayer, as the audience joined hands. In closing, everyone sang the African-American protest song, “We Shall Overcome.”
SC4 Faculty and Friends bring classical to life
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
The docile tones of piano (Victoria Banks), violin (Stephen Collins), and the French horn (Jane Lehman) filled the theater hall with sounds of Auf dem Strom, accented by the opera-esque vocals (Cheryl Kaski) during SC4’s Noon and Night Concert Series.
This event was held on January 22 at noon, and again at 7 p.m.
Five musical pieces were performed at the night concert. Wolfgang Mozart’s “Ah, Vous dirai-je, Maman” was played by Banks, as was Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata quasi una fantasia Op. 27, No. 2”.
Frank Schubert’s “Auf dem Strom” called for all four musicians, and Johannes Brahms’ “Trio in E flat Major for Horn, Violin & Piano Op. 40” required the French horn, piano, and violin. Lehman, who was the guest musician, preformed V. Shelukov’s “Scherzo”.
Banks, and Kaski are both instructors at SC4 and teach piano, music curriculum respectively.
One audience member, Collin Barber, 51 of Port Huron, said “I enjoyed the concert they played here. I wish there was more concerts like this, because the talents of these women and man have brought a smile to my face.”
Tory Standti, 34 of Port Huron, expressed her great love for the classical music that flooded the hall saying, “Auf dem Strom is a beautiful song. The soprano in the song completes, but it is not a true song without the whole team there. Horn, string, piano, and soprano came together tonight to create something special.”
Lehman spent twenty five years in Germany playing her French horn for several German orchestras, and played for the International Symphony when she returned to Michigan in 2006. Lehman stresses the importance of practice for any musician to get good; saying, “It takes practice. You want to be good? Practice, persistence, motivation. You’re never too old to practice.”
Students use art to explore the original energy crisis
Thomas Edison: renowned inventor, revered scientist, beloved innovator of modern day electricity… fraud.
This message rang through the halls of Studio 1219’s Spiral Gallery Friday as SC4 students and graphic arts instructor Chris Krolczyk took spectators on a journey through the electric revolution and its rival leaders, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
The show began as the students displayed portraits of Edison accompanied by diagrams of his inventions. Abruptly, the students plastered over top of Edison photos of Tesla and vandalized Edison with spray paint. They wrote phrases such as “Liar”, “Thief”, and “I steal patents”, adorning the man with devil horns. Ambient music played in the background simultaneously with a spoken word explanation: “Tesla wasn’t looking to make money. He was just looking for ideas and inventions… knowledge, without trying to harbor it for profit.”
To understand the students’ message, we must take a deeper look into historical events of the era. Both men shared a common goal of creating a distribution system for electricity to be made readily available to the masses. Edison’s system, known as direct current, is the one most commonly used today. In the late nineteenth century, this system prevailed for its efficiency in powering many then-popular devices such as the incandescent lamp and small motors.
DC systems worked by supplying power quickly to consumers who had no means to produce their own energy but were ready to pay for it. Although effective, many flaws of this system were made evident such as the need for numerous production facilities. There was also no practical means to convert DC voltage increments from high to low, creating the need to install analogous and costly electrical lines to carry differing power loads as required by different devices.
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, another electrical empire of the day, sought to remedy these issues by investigating another method of power distribution called alternating current. Employing inventions patented by Tesla, AC worked by sending power through a device called a transformer which had the capacity to convert voltage to fit the needs of the consumer, high or low, and without additional wire hookups.
The AC transformer could transmit power up to ten times more effectively than DC with the need for fewer power plants. Tesla went on to develop a device made of a metal coil that harnessed the power of AC and electromagnetism. This device was capable of generating its own renewable power source, making energy sustainable and free. This would have potentially done away with Edison’s DC, power plants as we know them to be today, and the capitalistic power structure entirely.
If AC obviously overshadowed DC in cost-effectiveness and practicality, what led to the rise of DC? One word: money. Edison, a powerful political figure of his time, used lobbying and strong connections to back his inventions.
“He ran a slander campaign against AC and used it to publicly murder an elephant,” explains contributing artist Zach Penzien. The elephant in question, named Topsy, was killed on film to demonstrate the dangers of AC and how his system seemed to be much safer. Edison also delivered public addresses in which he coined the term “Westinghoused” as interchangeable with being electrocuted.
The motives of such action were to ensure sizable returns to investors and shareholders of the DC movement as well as securing Edison’s own public notoriety and position of influence.
Anthony Petit, contributing artist, commented, “Tesla did the work and he got no credit.” Petit explained that the event was born from the shared passions and creative ideas of his peers and
SC4 Players’ “Lend Me a Tenor” performances delight audiences
“He’s Italian, they kiss everything!” exclaimed Max, played by Caleb Kreidler during SC4 Player’s performances of “Lend Me a Tenor,” Dec. 4, 5, 6, and 7. And a lot of kissing there was.
“Lend Me a Tenor” is the story of Italian Opera Star, Tito Merelli, played by Greg Garofalo, who through a comedic and accidental turn of events cannot perform as Otello at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company because he is thought to be dead instead of sleeping. Assistant to the General Manager of the opera house, Max, played by Caleb Kreidler, is forced to perform in Merelli’s place, but, in order to keep the good publicity due to Merelli’s presence at the opera house, no one must know it is Max instead of Merelli. Merelli awakes in time to perform, but now there are two Merellis roaming the streets. Women, police, and ironic exit and entrances allow romance, confusion, and hilarity to ensue.
Tom Kephart, director, said the cast did an excellent job carrying out comedic timing. When asked why Kephart chose this show he said, “I wanted a show that I knew I was going to have fun watching. I know this play backwards and forwards and I still laugh, and I still tear up at the end.”
The small, but mighty cast of eight had their hands full. “Lend Me a Tenor” requires well-formed characters from all, as well as accents and operatic singing from others. Kreidler, who sang the most with Garofalo as a close second, said he never had specific operatic training, but recognized techniques in opera that he had been taught in private voice lessons. Furthermore, Kephart helped shape the leads’ singing.
Additionally, the show has no scene changes. Instead the play is performed entirely in Tito Merelli’s hotel suite. The approximately two hour show kept the audience laughing despite the lack of scenery change.
One such audience member, Alyssa Williams, said “It was so fun and energetic. I was almost in tears laughing the whole time.”
SC4 choir opens arms to community members
Choir is no longer a credit course, but open to the community.
Jim Neese, the associate dean of instruction, made the decision to remove choir from the credit course list before the start of the Fall 2014 semester. Neese said choir had not been reaching its enrollment requirement for a few semesters and after consulting with the previous choir director, Cheryl Kaski, Neese moved with the decision.
Enrollment should be 25 students per semester, but the choir class was only reaching 12-13 students consistently.
Kaski said choir’s credit was originally optional when she first began teaching at SC4 three years ago. When it became mandatory that all students be enrolled in the course, their numbers were hurt. She said the enrollment slowly grew since then because she believed students realized the importance of “being part of a team to reach a common goal.”
Kaski sees the benefits of a community choir but says she has had students express that they miss the opportunity to sing during the day because they work at night.
Former choir student, Emily Fisher, 17, said, “That class was stress relieving, peaceful and my “home on campus” if you will. I miss that class with all my heart.”
Choir is not the first class to be handled like this for lack of enrollment.
SC4 band was removed from the credit course list several years ago. The band is now open to students as well as members of the community. Neese said the band has been doing extremely well since they removed the credit.
Students always have the option to petition the reinstatement of the credit. They must present 30 signatures and ensure there will be 30 students enrolled in the class. But for now, choir I, II, III and IV have transformed into the SC4 Community Choir.
Celeste Skalnek, Coordinator of the Arts, organized the new School for the Performing Arts which includes the SC4 Community Choir. Choir is now under the instruction of Carly VanDyke, who is also the choir director at Port Huron Northern High School.
The SC4 Community Choir had 23 members this semester. And for anyone interested in joining those 23 members, the community choir is open to anyone ages 16 and up. SC4’s choir meets Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building in rooms 60 and 26. They perform throughout the academic semester.
A $25 fee is required to join. You can register for choir on the SC4 Portal under non-credit courses. Walk in registrations and phone in registrations are accepted as well. Karen Jezewski, Secretary of Humanities, is in charge of choir registration and can be found in the office of the Fine Arts Building.
A small group from the choir along with SC4’s symphonic band and jazz band will be performing Dec. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. Admission is $7, but free for students with their SkipperOne card.
A free show featuring the whole choir will be performed the following evening, Dec. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. This Holiday concert will have refreshments to follow the entertainment.