Ever wanted a night of jazz, classical, baroque and more all rolled into one? Here's your chance. On April 3, the School of Music will present its Collage Concert — a dazzling showcase of the university's musical talents — at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh.
Artists will perform throughout the concert hall during the 90-minute concert, which will feature all School of Music ensembles and selected student and faculty soloists. Quantum Theater's award-winning director Karla Boos has choreographed the performance, coordinating the movement of various groups seamlessly through the balcony, stage and aisles.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for us as students," said Sonia Shklarov (A'12), a first-year master's violin student. "To reach out to the entire community with a concert of such magnitude is one of the highlights of the semester."
Having never before performed in a Collage Concert, Shklarov doesn't quite know what to expect.
"A part of me feels nervous, because it is such a big program to put on, but I am confident that each student and all the ensembles will perform at their peak potential," she said. "It is amazing how each individual will contribute a part of what they are doing, what they have learned, and what inspires them to create one collective whole."
Shklarov said the environment at Carnegie Mellon has helped her to really grow as a musician, giving her numerous opportunities to play in many ensembles and become immersed in many different genres of music.
"With all the playing, ensembles and classes, I am given a chance to mold the direction of my own learning. It is reassuring to be able to make certain choices now, and to come closer to finding my own musical niche," she said. "I think that being here has brought me to a deeper understanding of my instrument and my role in the music world, but of course this is only a start."
General admission to the Collage Concert is $15, senior citizens are $12, and college students with valid ID are just $10. To order tickets in advance, visit http://music.cmu.edu and click on Box Office.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets will also be available (cash only) at the hall one hour prior to the performance.
Picture: the School of Music's honor's quartet (L to R) Leonidas Caceres, violin, Anat Kardontchik, violin, Ana Zorro, cello and Andrew Griffin, viola.