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A month ahead of its Sept. 26 grand opening in a new building on campus, the Center for Performing Arts at Prince George’s Community College opened this week for classes.

Kevin Veiga, a professional and award-winning dancer and choreographer, joins PGCC as dance professor, along with Andre Mazelin, senior manager of the Center for Performing Arts. The two, along with other PGCC faculty and staff eager to utilize the building and engage more students and the community in the arts, have been vital in the planning and operations of the center.

While the college has offered these programs in the past, the former building, Queen Anne, limited the amount of performances and experiences students could gain. The new building has more space, including three theatres, broadcast and radio studios, a recital hall and more. The music program recently received the All-Steinway designation, adding it to the list of prominent schools, like Juilliard, to hold the title.

The official grand opening next month, will be followed by a weekend of performances and shows on Sept. 27 – 29.

On Sept. 27, the college will welcome comedians Nate Jackson, Rip Michaels and Jeremy Alsop for a night of laughter in the Proscenium Theatre.

These three seasoned comedians have appeared on a variety of hit shows, including MTV’s “Wildin’ Out,” BET’s “Comic View” and Comedy Central’s “Laugh Out Loud.” They have also opened for comedic stars, including Dave Chappelle, Damon Wayans and Jay Pharoah.

On Sept. 28, the college will bring back the Blues at the 24th annual “Bluebird Blues Festival.” The festival has been a staple in the Prince George’s County community for years and now, with the opening of the Center for Performing Arts, it’s even larger with eight bands, workshops, children’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors and beer and wine.

The college will also serve as the site for the Xfinity presents 1 VOICE Regional Gospel Showcase.

Five choirs and/or praise team finalists from the Washington region will perform live for an unforgettable evening co-hosted by radio personality and WRC-TV (Channel 4) reporter Shomari Stone.

The 2019 showcase welcomes back Gospel Icon Dr. Bobby Jones and Praise 104.1FM’s Cheryl Jackson with performances by celebrity judge and noted gospel songstress Kierra Sheard as well as Grammy-nominated 1 VOICE Musical Director Tim Bowman Jr. and his house band.

Multi-award-winning gospel sensation Fred Hammond has also been added this year as a festival judge.

The college will complete the weekend on Sept. 29 in partnership with Lake Arbor Jazz. Avery* Sunshine and Chelsey Green and the Green Project performing in the Center for Performing Arts Grand Theatre.

A pre-concert reception will be held at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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