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Spotlight shines on trombones, art students  

Feb 25, 2009  
By Amy Wells  

26 trombones

It will sound like a scene from "The Music Man:" At 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Trombone Choir will take the stage at the School of Music Recital Hall.

For graduate student Andrew Cech, the concert will be his last performance for the school and the culmination of six years at Ohio University.

"It's really sentimental and bittersweet but also exciting because it means I'm getting ready to take the next step in my musical career," said Cech, who also completed a bachelor's degree at the school.

Homogeneous chamber ensembles, like the 26-piece Trombone Choir, have a long history and originated in Europe before coming to United State when the country was still just developing, Cech said.

"When people think of musical concerts they always think of band, orchestra and marching band. This is an opportunity for people to see that there are ensembles outside of large bands," Cech said.

The ensembles repertoire includes classical works by Handel and Brahms, the band Chicago, the musical "Hello Dolly" and big band.

"Personally, the Trombone Choir is my favorite homogenous instrument ensemble because you have such a nice variety of low to high range and a really mellow sound that we can maintain without becoming harsh or abrasive," Cech said. "The approach to chamber ensembles like the trombone choir is completely different than playing in the orchestra, and it gives us the opportunity to play intimately with other musicians and really show off our musicality."

Admission to the concert is free and yes, members will perform "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man."

Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition

Art often is seen as individual and not competitive or comparable, but the School of Art pits student works against each other in the Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition.

The highly competitive exhibition, juried by nationally known sculpture artist DeWitt Godfrey, features artwork created by School of Art undergraduate students. Godfrey selected about 40 works for inclusion in the exhibition, which runs through April 9 at the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

"I thought the works submitted were very interesting," said Godfrey, an associate professor of art at Colgate University in New York whose work has been exhibited throughout the world. "There was a wide variety of approaches including the use of nostalgia forms, quotes from popular culture, narrative and story telling and imagery, which was sometimes very strange but incredibly compelling."

Given only rough guidelines by Director of Exhibitions Petra Kralickova, Godfrey said it was up to him to decide how pieces were selected.

"I tried to focus on work that I felt had a voice and was genuine and in the end I was very happy with the works selected."

The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be sure to check out these other arts events:

  • The School of Theater's production of "What the Butler Saw" continues through Saturday. Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater in Kantner Hall. For more information, click here.

  • Glidden Visiting Professor Michael Lingohr from the University of Leipzig in Germany presents his lecture "Europe Meets Asia: The Beginnings of Global Cultural Exchange in the 19th Century" at 5:10 Thursday in Anderson Auditorium, Scripps Hall 111. The event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, click here.

  • The School of Music Recital Hall hosts the Flute Choir at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and visiting faculty member Matthew Morris in a bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Singing Men of Ohio take the stage at Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.  Finally, the Symphonic Band and University Band perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Auditorium. For more information, including admission charges, click here.

  • To see a complete list of scheduled events, visit the Arts for Ohio calendar


Related Links
School of Music:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/music/ 
School of Art:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/  
Arts for Ohio:  http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/artsforohio/  

Published: Feb 25, 2009 8:50 AM  

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