By Erica Dunigan
The music department will combine for one night to bring a colorful combination of music together to dedicate the opening of Richardson Auditorium at 8 p.m. Oct. 15.
“We have done this concert for many years,” said Erin Buster, music education junior. “With the opening of Richardson this year it’s a very special concert and a really big deal for the music department.”
The Kaleidoscope Concert was first performed nine years ago during homecoming. It features three assembles, South Kansas Symphony, SC Singers, and SC A Cappella Choir. This is the only time that all three assembles play together and play at one concert.
“Nine years ago homecoming focused on performing arts in some ways, so that year we focused on the concert by combining the three assembles,” said David Gardner, associate professor of music. “That’s when we decided the concert would be called Kaleidoscope.”
This year will be slightly different for the music department, not only will Richardson finally be renovated and finished, alumni will be joining them on stage.
“This year will be a performing arts reunion,” said Buster. “We will have alumni in all three assembles.”
There will be about 80 alumni that will take the stage with the students to perform. Combining that number of alumni, with the students, will bring the total number of people on stage to 150.
Kaleidoscope Concert will be conducted by two professors from the music department. Gardner will conduct the SC A Cappella Choir and SC Singers, and Daniel Stevens, assistant professor of strings music, will conduct South Kansas Symphony.
“We will be featuring Leora Kline, an SC alumni on the violin, during the night,” said Stevens. “The concert is also underwritten by Roxy Callison, who is also a SC alumni.”
The concert will kick off with the traditional Alma Mater, and then the three assembles will combine to play a couple famous pieces from Elijah.
Midway through the concert Stevens and Kline will play two pieces together. Stevens said, “It’s an honor to get to play next to Kline. We will play two pieces, one from Borodin and another from Mozart.”
After the concert finishes in the auditorium, guest will still be able to experience music while exiting. The Jazz band will be performing in the lobby after the concert.
“This is the only night throughout the whole year were people will get to see a colorful combination of music, from a variety of assembles that we have at SC,” said Gardner. “Having the alumni being able to perform with us makes it a greater experience that many people don’t get to see on a normal basis.”
Erica Dunigan is a senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org