On Tuesday, February 26, I had the chance to go see the percussion ensemble and choir perform. Like many of you, I grunted at the thought of having to sit and listen for hours on end. The time came to leave and I found myself sitting outside the Showalter auditorium waiting for the performance. The hustle and bustle of the performers made me anxious to see the show. I sat in the back and the performance started. I had only been there for half an hour when intermission came upon me. I realized that I sat through an entire half and enjoyed myself. As the second half progressed, I found that I had a smile on my face and at the end I really did enjoy the show. The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Choir put on a wonderful show. The songs ranged from moving and serious to upbeat and humorous. The percussion ensemble was outstanding. I was very delighted with their performance and look forward to seeing them perform again. Ron Kieper, who played the saxophone during the last piece called “Hope For Resolution,” was excellent. I hope to see more of those performances in the future.
As pleased as I was with the performance itself, I was sad to see that the crowd consisted mainly of parents and close family to those in the ensemble. I did see a few EWU students in attendance but this number was very small. It is sad to say that the music department is greatly overlooked. I found my first experience to be a great one. I hope to see more students put forth the effort to attend more of these performances. If you need some enticement, refreshments are served at the intermission, but hopefully you will stay the whole performance.
The Rhythm Changes concert on February 28 in the music building’s recital hall at 7:30 is a great chance for the students here on campus to become acquainted with the music program. Featured here are the Symphonic Band conducted by Patrick Winters and Devin Otto, the Saxophone Quintet directed by Richard Hubbard and the Repertory Jazz Ensemble directed by Andy Plamondon. “There will be a large variety at this particular concert,” as the director of the music program, Patrick Winters informed me. In one piece that will be performed by the Symphonic Band, a slide show will be incorporated as a tribute to the artist Norman Rockwell. The performance sounds very interesting and it should be an excellent show. Admission is free, so there is no reason that students should and could not attend.
Overall I thought that the performance was great and I anticipate many more great sounds coming form the music department and I hope that the students here a EWU will show them their support.