Internet2 technology promotes and creates global stages, enables remote instruction and allows participatory discovery. Bergen has participated in trial runs and experiments with New York University, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Colorado at Bolder. Dr. John Gilbert, associate professor of music and music education at New York University, has been the driving force behind the Internet2 technology.
"This technology provides Bergen with an exciting opportunity to cross barriers of geography and culture to explore new artistic frontiers," said Andy Krikun, assistant professor of music at Bergen. "It also provides our students open access to rich collections of media."
This concert will pay tribute to Ron Mazurek, a dedicated faculty member who touched countless lives as a musician and professor. Mazurek was instrumental in the development of Bergen's Associate of Arts Degree in Electronic Music and was also the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright grant in music studies. A scholarship fund was named in his honor by his wife to provide critical support to Bergen's music students.
"Dr. Mazurek's vision of music, technology, and multimedia are the basic premises behind the College's Ars Electronica concerts, which are held every April," said Dr. Linda Marcel, professor of music and music coordinator at Bergen. "Ron would have been particularly proud of the Internet2 project because the College is working with faculty and students from four-year universities. It sets the stage for new curriculum development."
The Memorial concert's theme will center on circumstances that relate to human displacement - a concept first introduced by Mazurek when he received his Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Bogota, Columbia. By utilizing the Internet2 technology, dancers and musicians from both colleges will create a performance that can be viewed by people from opposite ends of the country on large projection screens. The concert will also feature two of Mazurek's songs "Innocence" and "Butterfly Dream."
About Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 15,000 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs, and certificate programs. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in non-credit, professional courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, and the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, located at 355 Main Street, Hackensack. Information about the College is available at http://www.bergen.edu or by phoning the Welcome Center at 201-447-7200.