Posts Tagged ‘Kaleidoscope’

And the Classical Beat Goes On

April 13, 2014

Schwob School of Music’s Kaleidoscope again Showcases Brilliant Student Musicians

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Statue of Oscar Peterson at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Wikipedia says, “It was unveiled in June 2010 by the reigning sovereign of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II.” (Photo by Skeezix1000)

The late Oscar Peterson, who garnered 8 Grammy Awards as best Jazz Pianist, was considered by many musicians to be the greatest jazz pianist in the world. He had been classically trained. He advised his jazz students to learn to play the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in order to play jazz well. 

The Bill Heard Theater was full of classically trained musicians – some who played some swinging jazz – Saturday night, students of the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, performing the school’s annual Kaleidoscope Concert. Those young people are brilliant college musicians who are being taught by world-class classical instructors, who  are also internationally recognized virtuosos themselves.   They demonstrated those facts for a large, appreciative audience. The different ensembles and soloists sang and played on the main stage, in front of it, and in the boxes, going from one number to the next without applause. The audience had been asked not to applaud until the end of the concert. Once they could applaud, they did so thunderously.

It’s really encouraging that Columbus is giving such moral and financial support to the Schwob School of Music. Columbus has been supportive of serious music since 1855, when the country’s second symphonic orchestra was formed by Mendelssohn’s student Herman S. Saroni . The first one was the New York Philharmonic. Thankfully, that tradition continues.


CSU Music Students Dazzle the Kaleidoscope Audience Again

April 15, 2012


CSU's Schwob School of Music Kaleidoscope kept things moving again this year as musical units played in the different parts of the Bill Heard Theater, going from one selection to another with short pauses in between. While it proved very effective again, it would have been even more effective if the pauses had been much shorter.

Schwob School of Music Interim Director Ron Wirt asked the audience at the annual Kaleidoscope concert to hold all applause until the very last selection in the concert was played.  And for the most part they did, but some of the performances were so spectacular, some folks just had to  applaud.  But most followed the rule and waited until the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra played the finale, Manuel de Falla’s Jota, from The Three Cornered Hat.  After holding off that long, which was hard to do because of the incredibly brilliant performances by the students, the audience gave a thundering, prolonged standing ovation.  The students and their instructors deserved it. If you missed it this year, do your self a favor and don’t miss it next year.

The CSU Philharmonic, always impressive, provided an exciting and beautiful ending to this year's Kaleidoscope. Maybe one year all of the different units including the University Singers, soloists, CSU Jazz Band, CSU Women's Ensemble, could all perform from all over the theater one grand finale together.

Schwob School of Music’s Kaleidoscope Was Brilliant Again

April 26, 2010

That was great!  It was wonderful!  Marvelous! Those were superlatives that filled the air following the Schwob School of Music’s annual Kaleidoscope Concert at Bill Heard Theater at the RiverCenter.  They were uttered following prolonged, thunderous applause, whistling,  and cheering as the CSU Philharmonic played the finale. 

One of the reasons for the huge hand was the fact that the audience had built up all of that applause from having to sit on its hands at the end of each triumphant performance by the school’s different musical groups and soloists.  Schwob School of Music Executive Director Fred Cohen asked the audience not to applaud until the end because the concert was designed to be seamless with one selection immediately following another one.  The ensembles and soloist were all over the theater, some on the stage, some in the orchestra pit, and some in the boxes. 

The talent this school of music possesses is phenomenal, both students and teachers.  And they come not just from all over the United States, but, also,  from other countries.  The school is attracting outstanding students and teachers, and that is due, in no small part,  to the financial and moral support it gets from Columbus area music lovers.  If you missed Kaleidoscope this year,  make sure you don’t next year. It’s a performance event you won’t forget.

Oh, we should also congratulate the production staff at the Bill Heard Theater.  Control of lighting was critical, and it was flawless.

Kaleidoscope is Here Again, and I’m Glad

April 22, 2010

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 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.