November 23, 2011- Issue 10 A&E

Tiger Band celebrates 167th year with outstanding performance

By CAITLIN KNOX
Copy Editor

The Tiger Symphonic Band pulled out all the stops for their 167th Fall Anniversary Concert Monday night. There was a tuba ice sculpture– the first of its kind (that I have ever seen). After the concert, both audience and performers were treated to a reception with drinks, hot food and even desserts. For many students, the fact that this event had free food and Nexus credit was enough. But they did  not expect the high quality performance that they would get to hear on top of that.

The theme was “An Evening of Delightful Music,” and it truly was. The band opened with the “Star- Spangled Banner,” complete with a larger-than-life American flag hanging from the chapel’s ceiling. They followed this with a melodic piece, “Eroica,” by Beethoven. After Beethoven was tubist Dewey Creech. He was the featured soloist in the next piece, “Suite for Tuba.” Dewey was in the spotlight for the majority of the concert with his three featured solos,  and the audience enjoyed every moment of it. He did share some of the spotlight with flautists Lauren Kohake and Rachel Ward, who both did a lovely job under pressure. There was also a clarinet solo performed by Kacey Stuck during  “Tuba Tiger Rag,” which, in my opinion, made the piece.

Favorites among the crowd included “Yellow Mountains” by J. de Haan and “Tuba Tiger Rag.” “Yellow Mountains” was slow and lyrical, the kind of piece that gives you cold chills. “Tuba Tiger Rag” was the exact opposite. This fast-paced, ragtime piece made everyone want to dance. The few sleep-deprived students whose heads kept nodding throughout the concert finally woke up during this song, and were even tapping their feet. It was one of the band’s favorite pieces too. “When you play it you can’t help but smile!” said flautist Lauren Kohake. And props to all the percussionists playing in that piece—it takes skill to play so many different instruments within seconds of each other.

Being a Music major who is required to attend an insane amount of concerts per semester, I have to say that this concert had the biggest turnout by far. President and Mrs. Crouch both attended, as well as the supportive family and friends of band members. Even better, President Crouch’s birthday was close to the concert, so Dr. LaRue led the band and audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to him. Many people that came brought a canned food item as admission to the concert, which resulted in a large amount of food that will be donated to the AMEN House. This is a heart-warming tradition that has  been going on for about 19 years now, and just in time for Thanksgiving.

It was the last performance for  three Tiger Symphonic Band members: Sean May, Tori Bachman- Johnson and Dewey Creech. The three will be graduating this semester, and will definitely be missed by their band family. The concert signified a sweet ending to their time in band here, as well as a nice ending to the night of everyone who attended.

Dominance: A book sure to keep you guessing until the very end

By JESSICA FLORES
Copy Editor
 

As an English major, it’s not uncommon for me to pick up a book that I simply can’t put down. What is uncommon is for me to find a book that actually throws me for a loop and surprises me all the way to the very end. And that is exactly what I have found in Kentucky author Will Lavender’s novels. In 2007 he published his first mystery novel, “Obedience,” which kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. The novel quickly made its way to the New York Times Bestsellers list and earned international success. Now, four years later, his second book has hit bookstore shelves with the same punch as its predecessor.

“Dominance” begins with a 1994 press release which informs readers that a small college in Vermont has dared to do the unthinkable: bring in a convicted murderer to teach an evening literature class via video conference. The man, Dr. Richard Aldiss, was found guilty for thevicious 1982 murders of two female graduate students at his previous place of employment. Now, nine students will unravel the literary mystery of the infamous, yet puzzling, author Paul Fallows, underthe direction of the professor.

Seventeen years later, one of the night class students, Dr. Alex  Shipley, receives a phone call to ask for her help. One of her fellow  classmates from the night class has been murdered in the exact manner in which the two female students had been murdered so many years before; the body on the floor of  his library with his books carefully placed around it, a Rorscach pattern drawn on the wall in blood. The police believe it is one of the students from the night class, and want Alex to bring them all back together at the college to figure out who since she was the one to solve the Follows mystery in ‘94 and set Aldiss free. But bringing the class back together also brings back a lot of old feelings, and with everyone in the same place, the killer is free to pick them off, one by one. Alex finds herself wondering whether or not she made a mistake in freeing the professor. Who can she trust? And more importantly, has “the procedure” begun again?

The novel is structured so that it flashes back and forth between the past and the present. This keeps readers constantly on their toes as one moment they are with the Alex who is trying to solve the night class mystery, and the next they are with the Alex who is fighting to save her friends lives. Every chapter leaves readers hanging and desperate to read more as readers meet an array of characters which include professors, actors, soccer moms, old mentors, caretakers and of course, the twisted killer. And even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the last page comes out of nowhere and leaves you with bulging eyes and your mouth on the floor. The Louisville Courier-Journal said it best when they published a review saying, “’Dominance’ is a twisting, tilting, hall-of-mirrors funhouse of a book . . . [the plot] unfolds like origami with razor-sharp edges.” The author “plays fair with the evidence, but he treats his readers as intelligent beings, allowing each of us to puzzle out the answer without spoon-feeding the solution or killing the mystery with excessive foreshadowing as many page-turner authors often do.” Finally, the book “reveals its secret stealthily, maintaining the mystery and suspense of the present while divulging the secrets of the past. That is a tricky tightrope, and it is marvelously executed.”

If I were giving this a star-rating (because who doesn’t like those) I would have to give it a 5 for it’s twists, turns and intricate literary connections. If you are a fan of dark and twisted suspense, this book is definitely for you.

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