World Concert ends on unorganized note

By Haley Galvin

The School of Music’s World Music Concert showcased diversity, yet the performance as a whole was outshined by a lack of organization and professionalism.

Sunday afternoon at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, 550 Lucinda Ave., performers brought together all of the world music programs offered on campus from the music of Southeast Asia to the Gamelan Ensemble, the Indonesian dance group and the Steel Pan program, among others.

The concert as a whole contained well-performed music, but in the end was not enough to make up for the chaotic and unorganized elements, such as transitions between groups and performers’ apparent lack of confidence. This could be a topical issue as the performance tried to bring too much to one show but, on the other hand, it could simply be a lack of organization.

Each group highlighted a different region with what they were wearing, as well as their music. Some groups were dressed in brightly colored outfits while other ensembles were in standard concert black attire.

Their appearance helped round out their performance, connect them to the cultural background they were meant to represent with their music and added a visual appeal to draw the audience’s attention.

The show started with a train of dancers highlighting several different styles that clashed with one another. The dancers seemed confused about their spacing and placement on stage and when to move or stop. Ultimately, they did not seem to know what they were doing.

The dancing display at the very beginning set a disorderly tone for the whole show. The announcer seemed shy, and at some points, confused as to what was going on. For the audience, this made it hard to grasp what was being talked about and where the performance was going.

As the performers shuffled on and off stage, there were long awkward pauses with hardly any explanation of who had just performed or who was entering the stage.

Several of the performers had to be directed to their spots on stage, making it seem as if they never rehearsed.

The entire show was full of hiccups and organizational errors, distracting from the beautifully executed music being performed.