M.U.S.I.C. assembles talented group of musicians for 24-hour recital
Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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The Case/CIM Baroque Orchestra was just one of the groups that performed. The orchestra performed a run-through of Terpsichore written by George Friedrich Handel, which included vocalists and dancers performing alongside the orchestra. Period costumes worn by the dancers brought a rich visual element to both the music and words of the singers and orchestra. The dancers performed period steps that illustrated the piece as well.
Baroque was only one of the many music styles presented, which ranged from traditional Gregorian chants to modern pieces. Case in Point, one of the many wonderful a cappella groups on campus, sang renditions of contemporary pieces that most listeners would be familiar with. Old favorites included "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz, and Michael Jackson's hit "Billie Jean."
The instruments used by the performers were as varied as the acts. Within the stretch of a few hours, a saxophone quartet could be followed by a string chamber ensemble, with electric and acoustic guitars rounding out the time frame. Probably one of the most untraditional performances of the recital came from the group Boomwhackers and Friends. Boomwhackers are plastic, open-ended tubes of various sizes. Each one is designed to produce one note, and they are played by smacking them against a surface such as the ground. The group was made up of eight musicians: Abby McGreehan, Matt Wascher, Frannie Hogan, Caitlin Dawson, Adrienne Steiner, Allison Paetz, Tyler Allen, and John Eldridge. Eldridge, a junior music education major, said, "I don't think Craig Ramsell, their supposed inventor, ever thought they could be used for serious music. Neither did I, to be perfectly honest." The group played three pieces, "Carol of the Bells," "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and "Beauty and the Beast." Eldridge described using the Boomwhackers as "participating in a handbell choir; each person is responsible for one or two pitches." To complete the fun of the recital, he commented that he has "used Boomwhackers with elementary school kids in general music classrooms, but to get a group of college students together to play with them was just a ton of fun."