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County College of Morris offers virtual performance series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Music, Dance, Poetry and Finding Love While Taking Out the Garbage

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Professors, students and staff at the County College of Morris (CCM) have created a virtual Hispanic Heritage Arts Series featuring dance, poetry reading, musical performances, a play and more in celebration of the rich cultural traditions and linguistic diversity of Morris County.

Consisting of five videos, the series may be accessed at any time by clicking here. The videos include:

Acoustic Guitar Duo:

Professors Carol Hamersma and Victor Keremedjiev play traditional music from South America and Spain in front of the college’s Music Technology Center.

Mariachi Mi Serenata:

Featuring Carlos Orozco, Alfredo Urbano, Eduardo Iquira, and Alejandro Correales.

Poetry Reading:

Featuring William Gomez, a local resident who performs dramatic readings of Hispanic poems as well as one of his own. He is introduced by Julian Gomes, director of Ideal Cultural.

La Basura:

A play about two people who discover love as they take out the garbage, written by Argentina’s Alfredo Zemma and performed by CCM students Juan Osorio and Priscilla Ponzano. Professor James Hart, chair of the Department of Languages and ESL, provides an introduction both in Spanish and English.

Latin Music Styles:

Jose Bevia, an internally respected and award-winning musician and professor of music at CCM, talks in Spanish about different Latin music styles and plays several pieces.

CCM’s Departments of Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies, Art and Design, Languages and ESL, Campus Life and Special Events, along with the Educational Opportunity Fund, developed the series in collaboration with Morris Arts and The Dover Initiative. The Dover Initiative consists of CCM administrators and business and community leaders focused on advancing opportunities for community residents and economic development.

For more information about CCM’s music, arts, performing arts and cultural programs, visit ccm.edu.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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