Posts Tagged ‘Schowb School of Music’

It’s Live. Most of It is Free. It’s Incredibly Outstanding.

March 5, 2010

Adam Kirkpatric, lyric tenor, and Russell Young, pianist, performing in Legacy Hall, Columbus, GA. Legacy Hall is a show in itself.

 As I listened to Adam Kirkpatric, a lyric tenor who teaches at Kennesaw State University,  singing some of the great arias in Legacy Hall at the River Center, thoughts of Pavorati,  Caruso, and Mario Lanza surfaced.  He was that good,  nailing the really high note at the end of “La donna e mobile” just like they did.  For a reminder, you can hear Mario Lanza hitting that note by going to this website.

I was disappointed with the size of the audience, but the event didn’t get a lot of promotion, and the Schwob School of Music has so many concerts and recitals that it’s understandable that they are not all going to attract big audiences.  The CSU Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble, along with the Jazz Band, seem to attract the largest audiences outside of the really big yearly program  in the Bill Heard Theater that features all departments of the School of Music.

But, for people who really like top flight “serious” music, it is wonderful to have the choices available for free admission that the Schwob offers.  I went to an incredibly impressive piano concert  recently that featured five students playing the music of Chopin and Schumann.  It was stunning to see and hear those young people conquering those highly complicated and demanding selections written by those great composers.

If you like live performances of some of the world’s greatest music, just check out the Schwob School of Music website for event listings and come on down and fill those empty seats. The pleasure will be two-fold: you will enjoy the music, and you’ll give the performers a boost, especially when you join everyone else in giving them a standing ovation at the end.  The faculty and students at Schwob are truly outstanding performers.

“Mr. Music,” George Corradino, Says MCSD Music Program Needs a Supervisor

November 24, 2008


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Dr. George Corradino playing with Columbus Community Orchestra (Courtesy: Joey Cumming)

 Dr. George Corradino, as only he could, used the occasion of being featured soloist of the Columbus Community Orchestra, to issue a call to action in support of school music in the Muscogee County School District. He had just finished playing “Georgia On My Mind,” with the orchestra, and he added an unaccompanied solo of Italian music his mother loved, both crowd pleasers that got him a big hand, when he launched into an appeal for everyone there to lobby the school board to hire a supervisor of music. That’s the job from which he retired. The system hasn’t had one for years, now, and he thinks it shows.

  “We are about to get a new superintendent of schools so now is a good time to push for an emphasis on school music and hiring a supervisor of music, ” he told the crowd.

  Afterwards, as we were walking out to ours cars, I said, “George, I guess the reason we don’t have a supervisor of music is because of the money.”

  “It’s not the money, Dick. They would save money by having a supervisor.”

  “Then what is it?”

   “I don’t know, but it’s not the money.  By having a central office for the school music program they could save money in ordering supplies, for one thing. And how about hiring music teachers? Principals are hiring them now for each school.  Music is not their speciality. They don’t have the qualifications for hiring band directors and other music teachers.”

  Over all, he thinks the music program in the schools has gone down. It appears to me that he is right. For instance, over all, the high school bands are nowhere nearly as impressive as they were for many years, years when the superintendent and school board ardently supported the program.  That support started when Dr. William Henry Shaw became superintendent after World War II and it increased over the years. But, where is it now?  

  The strange thing is that Columbus is a music city. The Schowb School of Music at Columbus State University is one of the best in the country. The school’s Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble are both outstanding.  The Columbus Symphony is a fine orchestra. And we have community groups such as the Bob Barr Community Band, the Cavaliers big band, and the Columbus Community Orchestra, providing not only music for all of us to enjoy, but giving an outlet to adult amateur musicians. But, what has happened to the Muscogee County School District’s music program?  

  George was getting really hot about it because he, like me, knows how far reaching a good music program can be. He knows that music students usually make good overall students and learn self-discipline which helps them all through life.  Have you ever noticed how many physcians are musicians? The first violinist of the Community Band is Dr. Ken Goldman, a Columbus surgeon. Dr. Mary Schley, a retired pediatrician, plays viola. My late cousin, Dr. Billy Dodd of Macon,  loved to play the piano, and had his own dance and jazz bands.

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Dr. Ken Goldman, surgeon, first violinist of the Columbus Community Orchestra (Courtesy: Joey Cumming)

  Yes, music is very important in life.  Let’s hope the new superintendent and the school board realize that and act accordingly.  If they don’t, beleive me, George will be after them because he has the energy to do it. Though my age, 78, he still goes full steam, giving his time to lead the Cavaliers Big Band, the Bob Barr Community Band and play for all sorts of occasions.

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Columbus Community Orchestra, william E. Fry, Conductor, James B Mallard III, Assistant Conductor (Courtesy: Joey Cumming)