On Sept. 1, the Music and Theatre Departments showcased some of their ensemble groups and upcoming events for the semester. Dr. Carlson of the Music Department and Dr. Blaugher of the Theatre Department welcomed guests to the venue and gave an overview of the classes available majors and non-majors in the department.
The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Carlson, opened the concert. The audience listened in awe as the group performed the piece they had only rehearsed during two class periods before. Carlson reminded the audience that students of any major can join the ensemble for credit, but it is also available to join for non-credit.
Next, the stage was open to all who wanted to participate and Blaugher invited students to play some acting and improvisational games in front of the crowd. Blaugher included games in the program from Augusto Boal, a dramatist who uses theater as a social justice tool.
The event then took a turn back to music showcasing the Mount’s “lab bands.” Carlson explained that members of the bands switch during the semester, and occasionally groups will name their bands. In the case of this concert, the three performing groups did not have specific names, but all played popular songs that the crowd sang along to.
The first band to perform played “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.” Singer and guitarist for the group, sophomore Pat Collins, said, “It felt so good to perform for the Mount again after a great summer.” This band also featured Olivia Eldrenkamp and Joey Wolfensburger.
The second lab band of the night performed “Chameleon” by Herbie Handcock. The final lab band of the night performed Radiohead’s “Creep.” To end the evening the Mount St. Mary’s Chorale sang the Alma Mater and was accompanied by the wind ensemble.
Collins encourages Mount students to come and enjoy the concerts and events the Visual and Performing Arts department has planned for the semester, “the Lab Bands and other ensembles have some great things planned, which you could see that night.”