Collaborative chamber ensemble plays at recital hall

Once again the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center was filled with the sound of music as the Collaborative Chamber Ensemble gave their first performance at 3 p.m. Oct. 18.

As the lights were being dimmed, a group of students filed into the recital hall with music blocks. They dispersed themselves around the aisles next to the audience and proceeded to play Ebom and Temple, by Billy Martin.

This percussion piece was met with enthusiasm from the audience of about 80 people.

Rachel Mertz said, “All the players are talented and I enjoyed watching them.”

After the music block percussion group had left, a new group entered on the stage, with a jazz group following them, which the majority of the performers had their own solo.

From there, many more stage changes as one group of musicians moved equipment for another group to play.

There was an all percussion group, a jazz group and a full orchestra.

Doug Anderson said, “I liked the brass part best. It is a more picked up beat compared to the more classical tunes that are usually played. It is nice to hear the strings in the combination.”

The full orchestra played the very last two songs. Rachel Mertz said,“It was a good mix of music. I loved the jazz and alternate and classical.”

Justin Frerich, a trumpet player in the collaborative chamber ensemble, said, “It feels nice to see that all our hard work paid off.”

This event was initiated by the department of music. It is a collaboration of the SCSU orchestra, percussion ensemble and the jazz ensemble.

A variety of new music from young composers was used for this performance, including a piece from Billy Martin and one from Bill Ryan.  

The main goals of this event was to promote group improvisation and presenting a unique mixing of different music genres.

“My favorite part was not screwing up my parts and finally hitting a part I have never hit before,” Frerich said.

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