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Mountain Day Eve Concert Most ''Pop''ular Ever

It could have been the twenty new freshmen in the Wind and Jazz Ensembles, or it may have been the desire to get outside after a soggy day that drove a record number of music fans to the annual Mountain Day Eve pops concert in the Commons. "It was our largest turnout yet," exclaimed junior Loren Fugate, a flute player in the Wind Ensemble and a saxophone player in the Jazz Ensemble.

Images from annual Mountain Day Eve Concert

This year's theme for the Mountain Day Eve staple was "Cinematic Masterpieces." Dr. Charles Turner led three ensembles in music from many popular films and even a Broadway play.

First up was the smaller of the three groups, the Chamber Winds. This particular ensemble has been active for about four years. They performed a medley from Marvin Hamlisch's "A Chorus Line," performed on Broadway. Songs that were included in the selection were "I Hope I Get It," "What I Did for Love" and "One."

After a few minutes of setting up, the Wind Ensemble performed a longer set. Beginning their repertoire was music from the ever popular movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Audience members tapped their feet and bobbed their heads to the impressive, and at times thunderous, music. The next piece was a stark contrast to the first--the light and happy "Cheerio 'Sing and Whistle' March." Dr. Turner implored spectators to "lala" and whistle on certain parts of the song. "If you can't lala, you can whistle," Turner laughed. "If you can't whistle, you can lala." To end their stint in front of the audience, the Wind Ensemble closed with various themes from the Disney classic, "Mary Poppins." Selections included "Feed the Birds," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Step in Time" and the favorite "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Older and younger music-goers alike sang along.

The pops concert ended with a bang as the Jazz Ensemble presented the grand finale. The group performed its staple "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing" by Duke Ellington. Next came "Soul Man," which was featured in the movie "The Blues Brothers." Finally, the group performed the student favorite, "Smooth," originally recorded by Rob Thomas with Carlos Santana. This exciting song featured Paul Rowland on guitar, and got the audience singing and dancing along in their seats.

The music department has several events lined up for the rest of the semester:

Sat., Oct. 28: 7:30 pm - Celebration of Traditional Music (Phelps-Stokes)
Sun., Oct 29: 3:00 pm - General Student Recital
Sat., Nov. 4: 8:00 pm - Concert Choir Fall Concert
Sun., Nov. 5: 3:00 pm - Concert Choir Fall Concert
Fri., Nov. 10: 5:00 pm - Homecoming Jazz Concert (In Food Service)
Sun., Nov.12: 3:00 pm - Black Music Ensemble Homecoming Concert (Union Church)
Tues., Nov. 14 8:00 pm - Wind, Chamber Wind, and Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Sun., Nov. 19 3:00 pm - Faculty - Staff Choir
Sun., Dec. 3 7:30 pm - Christmas Music Concert (Union Church)
Tues., Dec. 19 8:00 pm - Christmas Music on the Carillon (Draper Quadrangle)

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