The Ragozzino Performance Hall was filled with almost 150 people last Thursday, Nov. 5 — all awaiting classic melodies performed by the men and women of Lane’s music program. The Fall Music Gala was first organized with the intention of showcasing everything that the various ensembles have been practicing for the first five weeks of fall term.
Performing ensembles included the Lane Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and the Jazz ensembles.
“From the audience’s perspective, hopefully it’s fun for them to get a sampler,” said Paul Krueger, music instructor and director of both the symphonic band and the jazz ensemble, “[to] get to listen to each large ensemble and have an idea of all of the different types of groups that are here at Lane.”
This year’s music gala had another cause as well: appreciating America’s Armed Forces. With Veteran’s Day only a week away, organizers of the event decided to use it as a platform to honor anyone who has served in the military, with the music played being of patriotic theme.
“It’s always fun to do a musical-themed concert,” Krueger said. “I think any chance you get to thank veterans for their service is worth doing.”
The Lane Chamber Orchestra opened the event with “The Star Spangled Banner.” The Lane Symphonic Band performed the opening score to the television show “Band of Brothers.” Later on the choir sang “America the Beautiful,” during which the audience was asked to sing along. The Lane Symphonic Band also performed “Adagio for Strings” over a montage of footage from WWII, Vietnam and the Iraq War.
“There’s a tradition in this country of doing concerts that either have some kind of patriotic theme, or they might be a salute to the armed forces.” Krueger said. “It gives the ensembles a chance to work on a repertoire that is from that tradition.”
All admission fees, $3 for students or seniors and $5 for non-students, go to music-oriented scholarships, such as the Individual Lesson Music Scholarships, which help music students pay for the individual music lessons they need to hone their skills.
“It’s to show off what we’ve been working on,” said Sean Perkins, Music Major. “We’re stuck in these walls, practicing a whole bunch, and sometimes it can be like what are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for?”
The next event at Ragozzino Hall will be a performance by the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 24.