by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, March 6, 2014
Good day (that’s how a professional opens a speech, I find). Y’know, since the Concert Hall is at Drew University, and the primary focus of a university is (or at least should be) on students and their personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth. So I’m going to briefly mention a selection of our diverse student ensembles, and then list all our scheduled student performances in serial format, for you to plug into your calendars.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 27, 2014
Bienvenidos. First I’d like to talk about Quodlibet Ensemble’s performance on Saturday. I sat at the very front, and that was definitely the right call. Then, just last night, I had the privilege of watching the Drew-sponsored lecture by Walter Isaacson, for free, and without having to make reservations! (Because my blogger status opens doors, people.) His real calling is writing biographies of influential people, so he gave us the basic rundown on three of his biggest subjects, starting with computer pioneer and hipster deity Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc. So it was a good week for us, all told. March is around the corner, along with spring (even if the weather appears totally oblivious to that) and its accompanying break, but best of all… the next CMS concert is less than a month away. Try to stay occupied until then.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 20, 2014
‘Sup, broskies? Though the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (tenderly referred to as the DoYo) is falling apart, the music wing remains entirely unscathed, and that means Saturday’s scheduled da Camera concert, featuring the Quodlibet Ensemble, will go on entirely as planned. Then, next Wednesday at that same time, we’ll be hosting a forum lecture by Walter Isaacson, biographer of such notable figures as Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, (he also used to be the CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time, so he’s kind of a big deal).
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 14, 2014
Howdy folks. CMS was super cool! I don’t think I’d ever seen a performance of any piece written for more than one piano before, so it was really interesting to see how the two instruments exchange ideas throughout the music. Sometimes one piano was playing rhythmic underscoring, sometimes it was doing more complicated musical tricks, and then sometimes they both went crazy at one time. A week from tomorrow, our da Camera series will return with the Quodlibet Ensemble’s The Art of the Concerto Grosso.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, February 6, 2014
Hey guys! The Camerata was a bunch of fun. I think my favorite part was getting to see my director and occasional boss Ellis Hilton onstage, which is a drastic role reversal for me. As for CMS, be ye not distressed! The Concert Hall has seen fit, in its infinite wisdom, to reschedule the Pianos in Paris concert for tonight, February 6, at 8 p.m.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, January 30, 2014
Welcome back, everyone! I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and I don’t often do anything sincerely, so I hope you understand the full weight of that. CMS is back on Monday, February 3, at 8 p.m. with Pianos in Paris, a program which contains all the piano you could ask for, including two pieces intended to be played by two people on the same instrument at once. How does that work, you ask? Well I guess you’ll just have to find out. I’m looking forward to it.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, December 19, 2013
Happy Holidays! Well this is it, everybody. It’s been a wild ride these last few months, and I appreciate the bejesus out of all of you for sticking around while I figured out this whole blogging thing. The CMS and da Camera concert series promise to return in the spring. There will be piano pieces, Russian composers, lady composers, string ensembles, everything you could ever want and more. And of course, there will be an abundance of community, student, and miscellaneous other performances. So fear not. Good things shall come to those who wait.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, December 12, 2013
Good morrow, cousins! As you may have noticed, we’ve finally been blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view) with the first snow of the season! Now, you might be thinking we’re all wrapped up for this calendar year, what with classes being done and finals on their way (pray for me), but you’d be thinking wrong. It just so happens that we have one last event up our sleeves. On December 13th at 8 p.m., the Concert Hall will host the Voices of Christmas holiday concert, featuring choirs from Presbyterian Church of Chatham, Summit High School, and Morrow Memorial Methodist Church (in Maplewood; lots of m’s).
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, December 5, 2013
Happy December, friends! December is my favorite month, so I’m really psyched that it’s finally rolled around again. And now, at last, I can say: Come watch the Madrigal Singers, Chorale/Choral Union, and Flute Orchestra concerts!!! You definitely don’t want to miss this. Seriously. We’ve worked very hard. Please support us. We don’t even get paid. So I’ll see you all there, right? Right? Good.
by Tyler Metteer, CLA ’16, November 21, 2013
If you were at the CMS concert, you know it was incredible. And if you weren’t then I have to say: it was incredible. I mean oh man. Like wow. Pretend I put a fluid segue in here. Because now I’m going to talk about student performances, of which many are imminent. I’ll just start listing, and you try to keep up.