Henry Ford College hosts 22nd Annual President’s Collage Concert on Feb. 25

Dearborn, Mich. — The Henry Ford College (HFC) Music Dept. will present the 22st Annual President’s Collage Concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Michael A. Guido Theater in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. The concert will be approximately 75 minutes in length. 

“It is always such a pleasure to see these talented musicians perform. I look forward to attending this concert every year,” said HFC President Dr. Stan Jensen.

The President’s Collage Concert is an annual tradition that began at HFC in 1996 with the support of Dr. Andrew A. Mazzara, then-president of HFC (when it was called Henry Ford Community College). The HFC Music Dept. has continued the tradition of presenting this special evening, which celebrates HFC’s vibrant music program – the largest two-year ensemble program in Michigan. HFC’s music directors bring together the College’s many choral and instrumental ensembles for a varied and exciting performance. More than 250 performers will participate in this year’s show. 

The first President’s Collage Concert was held at Edsel Ford High School (EFHS) in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, the concert was held at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. The concert moved to its current home at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in 2002. This year marks its 16th year in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. 

The following HFC musical ensembles will perform at this year’s President’s Collage Concert:
• two jazz bands – Studio 110 and the Henry Ford Big Band;
• one concert band – Metropolitan Symphony Band;
• one vocal jazz ensemble – Blue Fusion;
• one women’s choral ensemble – Renaissance Voices; and
• two mixed choirs – HFC Chorus and Vanguard Voices.

HFC music faculty members Rick L. Goward, G. Kevin Dewey, and Randall L. Knight will conduct the musical groups. 

“I’ve composed a song for the College, which is dedicated to HFC. The 200-plus musicians will be premiering it at the Collage Concert, and the audience will even be invited to sing along – I’m very excited!” said Dewey. 

Tickets cost $18 per person and may be purchased at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center box office Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are also available online at www.dearborntheater.com

For discounted group rates of four tickets or more, contact Goward at rgoward@hfcc.edu. For questions or further information about ticket sales, call 313-943-2354.