New CD by Two MCC Faculty Released

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept.12, 2007) - Manatee Community College (MCC) faculty members Rex Willis and Melodie Dickerson collaborated to create a new CD, "Into the Sky," that was released this summer. Willis, a classical guitarist, and Dickerson, soprano/pianist, perform together as Solea Musica.

The new CD features compositions for piano and guitar by Willis and arrangements by Willis and Dickerson. It explores a variety of musical styles that include contemporary, folk, blues, classical and jazz genres. Recorded in a live improvisation, the music is by turns passionate, provocative and peaceful.

Willis, a native Floridian, is a published composer who hosts "Guitar Unplugged," a weekly TV show on Channel 21, METV, in Manatee County. Dickerson, coordinator of choral/vocal studies at MCC, is a singer, actor and director who has appeared in more than 100 musical productions. Solea Musica has performed locally, throughout Florida and, most recently, at the Brno International Guitar Festival in the Czech Republic. Appearances in the 2007-08 Florida State University Concert Series are planned. In addition to concert performances, Willis and Dickerson have created and produced music for award-winning independent movies that include "The Southernmost Point," which was produced at MCC, and "The Ghosts of Ybor." Along with writer James Thaggard, they wrote the new musical, "In Ybor City!," which premiered at MCC in January 2007.

The new CD, "Into the Sky," by Solea Musica, is available for purchase on the Web site:

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