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Rensselaer Union Student Organizations Present Annual Music Performances
More than 300 people attended the annual winter concert hosted by members of the Rensselaer Music Association (RMA). The event was held Nov. 22 in the EMPAC Concert Hall. The program featured a selection of performances by RMA student music groups including the Percussion Ensemble, Sax Quartet, Jazz Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Brass Quintet, String Quintet, and the Campus Serenaders.

Rensselaer Union Student Organizations Present Annual Music Performances
Calling all music lovers: what better way to usher in a new year than with the sound of music? Throughout the academic year, student members of the Rensselaer Music Association (RMA) present a series of music performances for Rensselaer students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community.

The Rensselaer Union Classical Concert Series continues its season with 24 performances that feature instrumentalists, chamber music, professional singers, classical works, holiday spirituals, and others. Past concerts have included performances by Capitol Chamber Artists, Rensselaer Music Association ensembles, Professor David Gibson and pianist Elizabeth Wright, and Liu Zhijing, a Netherlands pianist who is now at Rensselaer, and many more. Most of the concerts are underwritten by three endowed funds: the Eleanore N. Fischbach Concert Series, the Sylvia and Alexander Hassan ’27 Concert Series, and the Kodosky Foundation Fund for Classical Music. Performances by on-campus organizations are sponsored by the Rensselaer Union.

Additionally, in an effort to provide the Rensselaer campus community with more opportunities to listen to music in a casual atmosphere, RMA has launched the Classical Coffeehouse series featuring free performances by Rensselaer musicians. The event dates are Jan. 28, Feb. 18, and March 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Mother’s Coffeehouse in the Rensselaer Union. Free coffee and desserts will be served.

Also this semester, Rensselaer student Garrett Smelcer ’11 will perform two solo piano concerts based on the works of Frederic Chopin and French Impressionists Charles Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The program will be held on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Chapel + Cultural Center beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Lastly, the Union Performing Arts Committee has established a new program to honor the history and appreciation of jazz featuring student music groups and Capital Region musicians. A Jazz/Swing Dance is being planned for mid-February. Also, a jazz concert featuring the RPI Jazz Ensemble is planned for March 21. The event will take place in Mother’s beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For more information regarding upcoming programs and tickets, contact Erika Rau Lawson, assistant director of student activities in the Rensselaer Union, at 276-6505.
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Volume 3, Number 1, January 16, 2009
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