by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, October 10, 2013

Good day, fine people,

Dashon Burton
Dashon Burton

Sure enough, the weather finally had enough of pleasantness. Welcome, autumn! We’ve missed you! Right, guys? Anyways. The weekend was a heap of fun for all concerned, including faithful Concert Hall minions Cat and Rachel, who manned our booth at Bottle Hill Day and were delighted to see so many new faces, and Drew’s Madrigal Singers, who rocked their performance, or so I’m told (shameless plug number two! I’m on a roll!). So congratulations to all concerned! Moving on.

This weekend promises further delights, with baritone Dashon Burton and bassist Logan Coale making their da Camera Concert Series appearance in our hall on Saturday October 12 at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert chat beginning, as always, at 7:15. Burton and Coale will perform Songs of Struggle and Uprising, a program centered in large part on Lori Laitman’s song cycle Holocaust 1944, a series of pieces inspired by the poetry of Holocaust survivors, which closes the first half. The second half of the program will consist mostly of spirituals, presenting an entirely different but equally moving perspective on, as the title suggests, struggle and uprising. The unique baritone-bassist combination is sure to be interesting both visually and harmonically, and best of all, I’ll actually be at this concert! That’s right, friends, no more second hand accounts from my (admittedly vastly more knowledgeable) colleagues; next week’s reflection will come directly from yours truly. I’m already breathless with anticipation.

Gazing even farther into the murky future, the third weekend of October will bring the first Concert Hall performances by Drew students. First, the second annual President’s Mosaic Concert, featuring every vocal and choral group on campus, on Saturday the 19th at 7:30 p.m. The very next day, at 2 p.m., the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will sponsor a benefit concert featuring Broadway and cabaret performers, entitled “As Time Goes By: Music from 1933-1945.” Reserve tickets, by Wednesday the 16th, at 973-408-3600 or ctrholst@drew.edu. More on those two things next time! (I have to keep y’all in suspense somehow.) Over and out!

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