Campus Life

Ensembles come together

For the first time on the University Theatre stage, each individual student music ensemble comes together in one performance – to celebrate the installation of President Michael Mahon.

Ensemble Extravaganza, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre, includes performances by the U of L Singers, Vox Musica Choir, Women's Chorus, Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Global Drums, Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and a staged operatic excerpt by the Opera Workshop.

"Last year, we had some concerts where various ensembles shared the stage, and it was evident these concerts were great experiences for both the audiences and the ensembles," says Dr. Janet Youngdahl, co-ordinator of the Ensemble Extravaganza.

The ensemble directors share her sentiments, and the presidential installation provides the perfect opportunity to bring all the ensembles together on a grand scale.

With the concert only a month into the semester, getting repertoire together in such a short time span is a challenge.

"Without question, the timing of this event pushes our ensembles to reach their best potential in a limited timeframe," Youngdahl says. "However, the concert also showcases the wealth of musical talent that shines in our ensembles. It is an evening not to be missed."

Tickets for Ensemble Extravaganza are available at the U of L Box Office (403-329-2616) and are priced at $15 for regular admission and $10 for student/senior. Box Office hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.