Tiger Band Concert features talents of three student soloistsBy HILLARY JONES
It’s that time of year again, time for the last push of papers and exams before finals and also for students to get ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of classes to spend some time with their families. But, before you go home to fill up on turkey and Black Friday shopping, you should take the time to come out and see what the Tiger Symphonic Band has been working hard on all semester. Monday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel, the Tiger Symphonic Band will treat students, faculty, parents and band friends alike to an “Evening of Delightful Music” (students get an added treat, as this event also counts for CEP/Nexus credit).
This fall, Dr. Peter LaRue and his band scholars have a great selection of pieces lined up that will showcase their talent as an ensemble as well as the talents of several student soloists. Junior Rachel Ward will be performing the piccolo solo in “The Wren Polka” (Eugene Damaré), senior Gavin Sewell will be featured on trumpet in Leroy Anderson’s “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” and senior Rebecca Thompson will be performing the Rondo from Mozart’s third French horn concerto. Thompson says, “I have been looking forward to this opportunity and anticipating it since Dr. LaRue asked me to do it freshman year. It has been an incredible musical journey. I really appreciate the efforts of the band and the opportunity Dr. LaRue has given me to perform a solo.” While not performing a solo herself, junior Tori Bachman-Johnson shared her thoughts about the solo performers, “I enjoy hearing the soloists because they are very talented musicians and it’s nice to see their talents featured for others to hear. I also like seeing how they progress throughout the semester, fine-tuning their performances until the concert when I get to hear the finished product.”
Along with these selections that feature student solos, the band will be sharing four other pieces: “Arabesque” (Samuel R. Hazo), “Black River Overture” (Thomas Doss), “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head” (arr. Tom Wallace), and “Nessun Dorma” (from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turnadot”). Sophomore Evan Harrell states that his favorite piece the band is playing this semester is “‘Black River Overture.’ It highlights different sections of the band and really shows off their talents. And it’s just a really cool piece.” Besides the chance to share their hard work and some great music with their peers, the Fall Concert is also important to the Tiger Bands because it gives them the opportunity to give back to those less fortunate. Instead of charging admission, they request that you bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items to be donated to The Amen House in Georgetown to help feed needy families this holiday season. All this being said, you and all your friends are invited to share an Evening of Delightful Music with Dr. LaRue and all of the Band Scholars. You will certainly not be disappointed.
Audience loved ‘Broadway Love Songs’By CAITLIN KNOX
Daniel Bell swept the ladies off their feet when he performed at the Chapel last Thursday. Who knew that the way to a woman’s heart is through serenading her with Broadway love songs? Bell held the whole audience captive, bringing them laughter as well as tears. I have never seen anyone who could tell a story through song as well as Bell. He took the audience on a journey, telling stories of love that he was searching for, celebrating, mourning and even missing. Although it was all Broadway repertoire, he still provided plenty of variety. The songs were from an array of Broadway musicals, including “Sweeney Todd,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Secret Garden.”
Daniel Bell, a music teacher from Kentucky Christian University, possessed a carefree personality that made his performance easy to watch. In my opinion, it was the most entertaining recital Georgetown has had this semester.
He was very personable throughout the whole recital. While
introducing the song “I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You,” he said, “There’s nothing much to it. . . it’s just one of those songs I love to sing in the shower.” Without another word, he started to sing. During the song, he would point and look at people much to the enjoyment of the audience. He also had a more sensitive side and touched many in the audience with the song “Again.” The lyrics told about a man begging his past love not to marry another man. As the song reached its climax, Bell got down on his knees, his eyes pleading as if the woman were right in front of him. Many were moved to tears (and this was not just the ladies). Overall, I was thoroughly entertained during Daniel Bell’s Broadway Love Songs and I hope to see him perform again.
Calling all students!
Calling all students: Show It!, a juried exhibition of student art
organized by SODAH, will be on view in the Anne Wright Wilson
Fine Arts Gallery Nov. 29 – Dec. 9, 2010. Submissions are due
Tuesday, Nov. 23. Juror Julie Schweitzer, Executive Director of The
Arts Council of Southern Indiana, will speak about professional
opportunities for emerging artists at 4:15 p.m., during the opening
reception, Monday, November 29, 4-6 p.m.
For more information about submissions, please contact Professor
Daniel Graham at Daniel_Graham@georgetowncollege.edu or
Gallery Director Laura Stewart at