Concert Explores the World from Bergen’s Ciccone

PARAMUS, N.J. – Taking musical cues from around the globe, Bergen Community College’s music department will present “A Musical Geography: Around the World in 80 Minutes” in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road) Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Conceived and directed by Bergen performing arts professor Andrew Krikun, Ph.D., the concert will feature a tour of musical traditions inspired by five continents including:

  • Bergen’s Spoken Word Chorus presenting Ernst Toch’s “A Geographical Fugue,” originally performed in 1930, conducted by Bergen music professor Gordon Scott;
  • European and Middle Eastern selections by Bergen performing arts faculty John LaBarbera on a variety of stringed instruments and violinist Nadya Kourani;
  • Indiana’s Wabash College music professor and Bergen’s distinguished artist James Makubuya, Ph.D., accompanying himself on traditional Ugandan instruments;
  • Colombian musician and Bergen alumna Enki Bello on the electric harp;
  • Southwestern-inspired music by Bergen’s Krikun accompanied by music professor Sue Williams and Amsterdam-based tenor saxophonist Jeff Hollie.

Ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. Guests can purchase tickets online at or by visiting room A-130 in the Pitkin Education Center. All proceeds benefit the College’s music program. For more information, please call (201) 447-7428.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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