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Volume 71, Issue 12, Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Life & Arts

'Collage' to present a musical mosaic

Students, faculty join for Moores concert

By Joanna Garcia
The Daily Cougar

A one-of-a-kind concert bringing together the sounds of the orchestra, jazz ensemble, opera and marching band will be presented in Collage by the Moores School of Music Thursday. 

Collage is put together in the first two weeks of school by the faculty and students of the Moores.

"It is a way for us as a school to kick off the year, too, in a way with everybody together that practically doesn't happen any other time," director of the Moores Opera Center Buck Ross said.

The concert will preview short encore works that will run smoothly piece by piece. Some will be performed later this year by each program. As one finishes their piece, the next one starts, keeping concertgoers on the edge of their seats. 

Students have been working frantically in preparation for the concert because it is the season opener. This will be the seventh year that Collage has been presented. Ross, who is also the concert's coordinator, said faculty and students alike are overwhelmed with excitement. 

"It really is one of the most enjoyable concerts that you'll hear all year because of the sheer variety," Ross said. 

The anticipation of the concert is heard in one performance senior's voice when describing the first time she heard Collage.

"It was pretty amazing the first time I saw it because it is not only classical music," music sophomore Nelly Rocha said. "I'd never seen anything like Collage before."

Collage has such diversity that it does not feel like a "formal gown and tux concert," Rocha said.

Rocha candidly remembers last year's steel drum performance, where the performers were dressed up in flower printed shirts and shorts, played Caribbean type music. 

"I hope to see it again this year," she said.

Collage is a wide-range concert. 

"(Collage is composed of) a lot of great music performed by great musicians. The concert provides something for everyone," director of the college David Ashley White said.

"If you've never attended Collage before, please join us. If you were here last year, I know you'll be glad you came back."

Collage will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Moores Opera House. Admission is free. 

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