For seven years, Columbus State University Schwob School of Music students have revealed their musical talent to the community at an annual concert.
After having people ask for four years, “you mean you have prisoners playing at this concert?” Schwob School director Fred Cohen changed the name from Prism to Kaleidoscope three years ago.
This year’s Kaleidoscope concert will showcase nearly all of the students in the Schwob School.
Some graduate students are primarily working behind the scenes, but “everybody is on stage at least once,” Cohen said.
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The smaller ensembles will perform a three-minute piece while the larger ensembles get five minutes.
He encourages novice music fans to come to the show. Even if they find they don’t like a particular type of music, that portion of the concert will be over quickly.
“The whole thing is about 70 minutes,” Cohen said.
He likes that the annual concert showcases the students because it helps build awareness for the Schwob School. Attending this concert is a good way for the community to become more familiar with the music school’s purpose.
Some of the new faculty members will be seen directing an ensemble, but the concert’s spotlight will remain on student performances.
For one faculty member, Robert Rumbelow, the concert marks the end of his 14th year at CSU. He’ll conduct the CSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra for the final time Saturday. He’s accepted a position as director of bands at the music school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Cohen said the biggest challenge is coordinating the logistics. The main thing is getting the students in the right place at the right time, he said.
Thankfully, the faculty, students and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts technical crew have done this a few times, so Cohen isn’t too worried.
Even though the spring semester is almost over, this concert won’t be the final performance for some music students. There are a few more recitals and concerts scheduled before the last day of classes on May 2.
“We’re all exhausted,” Cohen said. “It’s a great concert. It’s unbelievable the quality the students are playing at and what the students produce every year. I see it as a capstone.
“I’d like to get everyone here. It’s a music sampler.”
At the end of the concert, Cohen loves to see all of the students come on stage to take a final bow.
“I look forward to that every year,” he said.