Jan 27, 2017
HACC Features New Performance, Celebrates Fall 2016 Graduates
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news and events with the community, including:
- Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Performance, Documentary Featured at Live at Rose Lehrman
- More Than 825 Students Graduate from HACC in Fall 2016
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Performance, Documentary Featured at Live at Rose Lehrman
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars will take the stage for a dynamic concert at Live at Rose Lehrman on Feb. 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
The performance will feature the musical talents of Ruben Karoma and his wife Grace, guitarist Francis John Langba, bassist Idrissa Bangura and other musicians from the Kalia refugee camp. It includes reggae and West African tones and social commentary to describe their experiences during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
The group met in 1997 during the Sierra Leone Civil War and collaborated to create uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy to combat the struggles of war. When the war ended in 2002, the musicians returned to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, where they met other returning musicians who joined them, forming Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have appeared in shows across the world, including New York’s Central Park SummerStage, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and the Oprah Winfrey Show. The group also opened for Aerosmith at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and participated in the U2 tribute album “In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2.”
Attend a free documentary on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center to understand more about this group. Attendees will also see rare footage of the group’s performances at fellow refugee camps, the creation of musical tracks during and after the Sierra Leone Civil War and their message – “Music can heal the trauma of man. Don’t lose hope. Music can cure you.”
Concert tickets are $20 and $25. To purchase tickets, please visit www.LiveatRoseLehrman.org. For more information, please call 717-231-ROSE (7673).
The Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performance is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional sponsors include the HACC Foundation, HACC’s Student Government Association and The Rose Lehrman Arts Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, abc27.com and WITF. Grants and community support include The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
More Than 825 Students Graduate from HACC in Fall 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 825 students at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, completed their associate degrees, certificates or diplomas during the fall 2016 term. The graduates were celebrated during HACC’s Commencement ceremony, held Dec. 13, 2016, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Prior to the ceremony, thank-you video messages were shared with friends and family as a way for graduates to show their appreciation.
For a listing of graduates, please visit our online newsroom. Photos of graduates and the ceremony are available online.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers more than 120 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 19,000 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit hacc.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews.