Musical Mash-Up Concert at UM Feb. 7

February 03, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Music will present “Fusion V,” an eclectic and exciting mash up of musical events, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

During the 70-minute seamless showcase, the audience will experience highlights of pieces from nearly every area of study in the UM School of Music, including orchestra, jazz, choir, string chamber music, band, percussion ensemble, wind chamber music, opera aria and steel drum.

“It is like channel surfing for the listener,” said UM Associate Professor and Director James Smart. “Each musical ‘act’ is only three minutes long, and the lighting is cued to bounce to the next act with no delay in the sound or energy. We use all of the space in the Dennison Theatre – including the seating area – so don’t be surprised if you have a tuba player in your lap!”  

The event began autumn semester 2009 and was patterned after popular concerts at the Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan. The diversity comes from the musical styles and the number of people involved. This year’s concert will feature pieces ranging from a marimba soloist to a grand finale of more than 150 musicians.

“If you could choose just one UM Music concert to attend this year, this would be the one,” said Stephen Kalm, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Tickets cost $11 for the general public, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information visit http://umt.edu/music/fusion.

To learn more about supporting scholarships and the School of Music, call Christian Gold Stagg, UMArts director of development, at 406-243-4990, or email christian.goldstagg@umontana.edu.

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Contact: James Smart, associate professor, 406-243-4382, james.smart@umontana.edu.