Kaleidoscope is Here Again, and I’m Glad

CSU student Andy Hudson plays a clarinet solo for Rotary Club of Columbus members to promote the Kaleidoscope Concert.

 COLUMBUS, GA (CSU News Release) – Columbus State University will showcase more than 240 Schwob School of Music student and faculty musicians in one evening as CSU presents its Kaleidoscope Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre.

The concert, formerly called “Prism,” is an opportunity for the Columbus community to witness the talents of all Schwob School of Music students and ensembles in a single setting.

“The concert is unique, not only because we have participation by the entire Schwob School of Music, but also because we demonstrate to the audience that musicians are not always confined to a set space,” said Fred Cohen, Schwob School of Music director. “Our students perform on stage as well as in the audience boxes, creating the sense that the entire Heard theatre is a stage and that all audience members have a front row seat.”

The concert is further unique “as a performance of 70 minutes of non-stop music,” said Cohen. “Each musical group takes up where the one before it left off.”

The Kaleidoscope concert involves percussion ensembles, string orchestra, jazz, musical theater, chorales and more.
All of the school’s large ensembles participate, as well as a selection of award-winning soloists and chamber ensembles.

“From steel drums to string orchestra, from jazz to musical theater, from alto saxophones to zithers, there’s something for everyone,” Cohen said.

Admission is $5 and discounted for students, military personnel and seniors. CSU students, faculty and staff enter free. For more information, call 706-649-7225 or go to http://music.colstate.edu. For tickets, visit the RiverCenter Box Office or call 888-332-5200.

I attend these every year and consider them the highlight of the musical year in Columbus.  I hope to see you there Saturday.

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