Free Musical Concerts, Poetry Exploration in April at OCC

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Expect the best at these special spring events featuring live music from Oakland Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department and a special poetry celebration from OCC’s English Department.

  • Student Music Showcase, Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m., OCC's Orchard Ridge Campus, Smith Theatre in Farmington Hills. Join the College's aspiring student musicians for live performances as they showcase their talents in concert.
  • OCC Jazz Band Concert, Apr. 21 at 7:30 p.m., OCC's Highland Lakes Campus, Student Center Arena. Enjoy this free live concert featuring a wide variety of music from 1930s to the present, arranged for "big band." Under the direction of OCC Jazz Band leader, Tom Dennis, the group performs with female vocalists for a lively, interactive event.
  • 4th Annual Poetry Celebration: Exploring the Poems of Juan Felipe Herrera, Apr. 6 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at OCC's Orchard Ridge Campus, Studio Theatre, Room J292, Farmington Hills. Join poet David James and other OCC faculty and students in celebrating the poetry of the first Latino poet laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. Bring a lunch and enjoy readings of Herrera's acclaimed works, along with a discussion of what being a poet laureate involves. A brief poetry writing activity will be included. The event celebrates National Poetry Month and Celebrate Diversity Month.

All events are free and open to the public. For more event information, visit

About OCC

With multi campus system throughout Oakland County, Oakland Community College is committed to providing academic and developmental experiences that allows each student to reach their full potential and enhance the diverse communities they serve. It offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields and university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts. More than a million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. To learn more about OCC, visit


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