Thomas Yakey Jr – Anchor Staff
Every fall around Halloween, the Rhode Island College Music, Theatre, and Dance Departments put on one of their best concerts of the year called the Halloween Collage Concert. Like every year, this concert was sponsored by the RIC’s own chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
This organization works nationally for both future and current music educators to network and expand knowledge in their field. The concert is a fun event and has a mix of various small ensembles, some of which are choral and some instrumental acts. One of the most interesting aspects of this concert is that not all of the acts are part of a school sponsored group, which allows music students to perform a wide variety of repertoire they might not normally be able to perform on a stage like our own Roberts Hall.
Professor Patricia Kammerer, the professor who oversaw the event said, “The program this year was especially varied, from the Spooky Women’s Chorale singing “She Weeps Over Rahoon” by the contemporary composer Eric Whitacre, to the oboe ensemble playing an arrangement of “The Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod (aka the TV theme song for “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”), to a selection from the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Performers and attendees alike made it a fun night by dressing up in various costumes ranging from a hot dog to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Admission was even free for RIC Students or Faculty who decided to show their fun-side by dressing up in costume.
Alumni were also encouraged to play in the “Alumni Chicken Jazz Band.” As an added bonus, proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Unity Center and Pride Alliance to “stamp out hate” — a sentiment in the wake of hateful messages being spread around campus. This was a continued tradition from last year where the proceeds of the concerts were donated to victims devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“Thank you to Antoinette Gomes from the Unity Center and Jess Fleming from the Pride Alliance for coming to the concert and speaking about the important work they both do on the RIC campus,” commented Professor Kammerer when asked about the concert. “I really enjoy getting the chance to work with students outside of the classroom setting and seeing and hearing them as performers.”
If you are interested in being part of this incredibly fun and impactful event, it will be around again next year before Halloween. Just keep your eye out.