I had two assignments today. Both were in the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music.
The first was at 10 a.m. with Fred Cohen and Jamie Nix. Fred teaches composing and Jamie is in charge of wind activities.
There were also four students there. I don't have my notepad, but I'll have their names in the story that will run in the April 14 To Do.
They told me all about the Kaleidoscope concert on April 16.
This is the 60-minute concert that showcases the music students. Faculty will only be seen conducting the large ensembles. Just three faculty will perform as part of ensembles.
Last year, the concert sold-out, but a number of people didn't attend the concert. Fred said at least 200 people were turned away, so he's hoping that if you buy a ticket and can't go, that you will give the ticket to someone else.
Tickets are $20.
The second assignment was at 3 p.m. and I talked to Paul Vaillancourt and several of his Percussion Ensemble.
Paul said he's very interested in the Civil War and wanted to do a program for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Paul, a French Canadian, said he's really intrigued by the war.
He's chosen a very difficult, challenging piece by George Crumb for the April 10 concert. I stayed to listen to a bit of it.
It's fascinating. Four percussionists play 110 instruments in this piece. The pianist often stands to play the piano's strings. Amazing.
Voice professor Michelle DeBruyn is performing with the ensemble, and history professor Gary Sprayberry narrates the program. In addition, art professor Elizabeth McFalls will lead a gallery tour of an exhbit. The Columbus Museum will provide the visuals.
This one is free.
Another free concert is Monday's concert featuring pianist Alex Kobrin. He won the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This is like winning the Super Bowl for a classical pianist.
It's quite a coup for the Schwob School to have Kobrin teaching here.
Again, this concert is free.
In fact, almost all CSU concerts are free.
Come on, take advantage of these concerts. Many of the faculty are world-class musicians, and a lot of the students are on their way to becoming even better than their teachers.