Unlike a usual ensemble concert, the music department prepared a collage concert, including performances from both ensembles and soloists at the Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center last Friday night.
As a whole, the performance was about 45 minutes, and had an attendance of around 70 people. The concert was very fast paced, and had no breaks in-between each ensemble’s performance.
A clarinet soloist began the night, which was followed by a saxophone jazz style quartet.
Slowly, the saxophonists faded away one by one, and the attention turned to a string quartet.
Margaret Frazier, a soprano soloist and professor in the University of Rhode Island’s Music Department, sang along.
Next, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed, the group is known as “the most outstanding Â wind and percussion players at the university.” The musicians are selected by an audition, and have played at several national conferences in the past. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed with Felicia Baker, a soprano soloist. This performance included a flute solo and a percussion duet.
Unexpectedly, fifteen singers part of the group “Lively Experiment”, started singing from the back of the Concert Hall. Lively Experiment is a small concert group that explores many styles, including medieval and vocal jazz. Since this ensemble is very select, auditions are also required.
Each person had their own microphone, and accompanied by a percussionist, sang as a whole, with the exception of the soloist, Madison Cardoza.
Ashley Frezza, a junior music minor in vocal performance at URI, explained how the department used to do collage concerts in the past, but this was the first continuous concert she’s performed in at URI.
“I was very happy to perform with Lively Experiment as part of the collage concert,” Frezza said. “It was very exciting to experience it as well as perform in it.”
After Lively Experiment, the attention was immediately brought back to the front of the hall as a quintet, consisting of two trumpets, two trombones and one french horn started playing. Lastly, a group of percussionists clapped in time, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble followed, with another solo performance from Baker.
“I think that the concert went very well,” Gene Pollart, director of band activities, said. “Everyone gets to play a little variety, and it gives the audience an idea of what we do as a department.”
Audience member Gina Tonno, a sophomore music minor at URI, thought the concert was a success. “I enjoyed the variety of entertainment and showcase of my fellow musicians and friends’ talent,” Tonno said. “The music department should absolutely do more collages like thisÂ because it will definitely give the audience the opportunity to hear the huge variety of talent that we have here.”