The Meadows Chamber Orchestra hosted a spring cookie concert today at noon in the Taudmin Atrium, in the Owens Arts Center. Students, faculty, as wells as members of the community were encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a variety of chamber music being played by Meadows students, as well as an assortment of free cookies. People came for the cookies but stayed for the music.
Benjamin Munson a classical guitar performance major was just one of the many students who was in attendance today. He did not take advantage of the free cookies that were offered but Munson did enjoy the concert.
“I thought today’s performances were very good, the last performance being my favorite,” said Munson.
Several students put on performances, each leaving to an abundance of applause. The performances varied from duets to four to five students at a time collaborating on a piece of music.
Munson believes that there is an advantage to having informal concerts like these. People who are passing by the atrium are able to stop and enjoy the music that they might not have been able to enjoy if it was being held in a formal setting.
“It also helps showcase the wonderful musicians that are here at Meadows,” said Munson.
With about fifty or more people in attendance, today’s concert was more heavily attended then other formal Chamber Concerts. Munson believes that the casualness and accessibility of the room contributed to the larger crowd size.
“This concert was much better attended than many of the formal setting concerts. Something like this might only have about ten people attending if it was given in an auditorium,” said Munson.
Originally scheduled to last for about an hour, the concert ended up finishing early, lasting for about forty minutes. This gave the audience time to interact with the performers to discuss and compliment the pieces that they played, as well as grab a cookie before they were all gone.
Celina Chambers a junior engineering student was one of those.
“ I took a piano class last semester so I have a new appreciation for music, I really enjoyed today’s performances,” said Chambers.
The Meadows Chamber Orchestra has hosted similar informal concerts like these in the past and has another one scheduled for next fall semester on Friday, October 9th at noon. Free cookies will also be provided.
“I hope to be able to attend more concerts like these in the future,” said Chambers.