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CACE

Upcoming Events

The Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment started in 2011.  It operates as a program of the college and sponsors culturally enriching experiences throughout the communities served by MCC.  The mission of CACE is to enhance the quality of lives through artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual activities.  CACE has a committee structure with members from both the college and the community.  The committees identify possible speakers, artists and musical groups that might fulfill the program’s mission.  Thanks to generous donations from the community, CACE events are free and open to the public.  Each summer CACE publishes its calendar of events, listing fifteen to twenty events offered during the year.  CACE welcomes new committee members at any time.  Interested community members should contact the CACE Coordinator at 970-542-3180.



Notice

We are working under the guidance of the State of Colorado to ensure the health and safety of our community. Below are events that we have CANCELED, but that we plan to reschedule in the 2020/2021 season!

April 16- Boulder International Film Festival
April 16- Downtown Fort Morgan Art Walk
April 23- Young Children’s Mixed Media Art Exhibit
April 26- MCC Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
May 14- Fabric Portraits Exhibit
May 14- Dinner and Art Paper Collage Workshop

Jazz Ensemble

The MCC jazz ensemble performs a variety of jazz styles at a high level.  From a full 15-piece big band playing favorites from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s, to a smaller jazz combo, to a Blues Brothers revival band, to ragtime from the early 1900’s, the ensemble can meet many performance needs.  Band rehearsals include opportunities for musicians to refine their improvisation skills, and significant individual practice outside of group rehearsal is expected in order to assure that the band consistently presents performances of very high quality. The ensemble schedules at least two performances each semester, and recent performances have included Big Band Festivals in Greeley and Estes Park, the annual Glenn Miller Festival in Fort Morgan, Colorado, as well as a performance in the rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The band frequently performs with guest artists, such as the Air Force Academy Falconaires and vocal soloist Donna Wickham.  The ensemble’s CD of Glenn Miller music is also part of the regular play list on Denver’s NPR Jazz station, KUVO.

The MCC Jazz Ensemble, Morgan Community College’s first musical performing group, was formed in early 2009 through a collaborative effort between Morgan Community College and community stakeholders who wished to strengthen the rural community’s identity as the boyhood home of Glenn Miller.  The inaugural concert, conducted by MCC President, Dr. Kerry Hart was recorded and the resulting CD, “Home Grown: The Music of Glenn Miller,” is used as a “calling card” for the Chamber of Commerce and others to help promote the region.

The ensemble’s influence has extended well beyond the borders of Morgan County.  In August 2009, the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), through the University of Texas, published an article highlighting the community partnership aspect of the project in its national publication “Innovation Abstracts.”  Following this, the Association of Community College Business Officers, at a national conference in Palm Springs, selected the project to receive a first-place award for innovation that came with a check for a MCC music scholarship.  The CD itself has reached thousands of listeners through playtime on NPR affiliates and radio stations as far away as Hawaii.

This group is available through audition, as space is available, for musicians who play instruments which make up a jazz ensemble (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drums).  New members are accepted as openings occur within the group.

For more information, contact director Nicholas Booker at nicholas.booker@morgancc.edu.

CDs Available

Home Grown: The Music of Glenn Miller

MCC Jazz Ensemble Inaugural Concert

Suggested donation: $20.00

Fort Morgan Soundscape:
A Commemorative Musical Collection

Suggested donation: $20.00

Speakers/Guest Authors

Stay tuned for more events!

Guest Performances

March 14  |  7:00 PM (CANCELED)

Map of My Kingdom

Join us for this play that tackles the critical issue of agriculture land transfer that will hopefully inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.

Brush Chamber Ag Appreciation Dinner
Performance starts at 7:30 PM
Brush Secondary Campus, 400 West Ave.

April 3, 7- 8 PM

Mama Magnolia – Soulful Side of Rock

The Sanctuary  |  Fort Morgan

April 16, 6:30- 8:30 PM

Boulder International Film Festival

Sands Theatre  |  Brush

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Fort Morgan and Sterling Federal Credit Union

Mike and Connie Schingle

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Tom and Joy Bryant

Dr. Curt Freed and Family

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Brian and April Amack

Robert and Judith Carruth

Mark and Sue Christensen

Ron and Vicki Edwards

Hodgson Media

Dan and Sharon Kauffman

Barbara Keenan

Jim and Betty McKie

Roger and Susan Schaefer

Suzanna Spears