Are you looking for things to do on campus this Friday night, Oct. 2? If so, look no further. Northwestern’s Music department has got you covered.
They are performing a concert involving both singing and instrumental music. Included in this showcase are the Symphonic Band, A cappella Choir, Orchestra, Women’s Choir and Heritage Singers. They all have a full line up of music for your listening pleasure.
The show will feature songs that have a good mix of upbeat and relaxed pieces. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and usually lasts for a couple of hours. It will be held in Christ Chapel, and seating will be limited due to COVID-19. Entry is on a first come first served basis, and wearing a mask will be required.
COVID-19 has changed a lot of things throughout the including the way that the performers have prepared.
“It was definitely different moving out of the normal space and being more creative with things including getting to know new members of the ensemble,” senior Cassondra Koel said. “It has also been helpful to have a constant reminder of faith.”
Even with facing new challenges, the experience of doing what the students enjoy is a wonderful thing. Senior Anna Iekel talked about the different layers of sound that the band has with the spacing, but that it also provides a challenge in terms of trying to hear others.
“Overall, it is still good to play and make music with everyone,” Iekel said. “In a way it is quite humorous with the best ways to navigate COVID-19 issues including covering instruments with socks, tights and T-shirts to prevent the spreading of germs. This is more effective with brass compared to woodwinds due to the structure of the instrument.”
Iekel also mentioned that they have been doing more practices outside, and that she has enjoyed having a change of pace. At the same time, some form of consistency is appreciated. Iekel added that being able to still have the opportunity to have performances has been nice.
Having students in and out of quarantine has posed some challenges, according to band members. There are moments when people are not in rehearsals and the empty spaces stand out. It is strange to have them gone, but then they come back, and things continue like normal.
The show – or in this case, concert – must go on.
More information about the event can be found under the music tab at nwc.edu. This is also where you can find the link to the livestream.