Concerts have a magical ability to make me totally giddy — and I’m not talking about the fist-pumping, jumping-up-and-down type of concert, either. I’m talking formal black attire and classical music.
Okay, so maybe not everyone feels the urge to dance/hop around the room after a night of singing “Homeward Bound,” but Friday night’s turnout at the annual Homecoming concert, titled “Coming Home,” was a testament to its appeal. Southern Virginia’s flute choir, Concert Chorale, Bella Voce, and orchestra performed, and the audience consisted of students, faculty, alumni, and members of the Buena Vista community.
As a member of Concert Chorale, I had the opportunity to sit onstage the entire time, which provided both a delightful experience of melting under the stage lights and the ability to see the reactions of the audience to every performance. I saw people’s eyes widen as Reva Rogers (’16) hit that A flat in “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” and laugh hysterically in response to David Riska’s (’15) quite entertaining portrayal as the handsome toreador from “Carmen.”
The orchestra played a number of exciting pieces (Professor Mark Taylor’s conducting is remarkably enthralling), and the flute choir played two pieces under the direction of Professor Launa Whitehead.
The concert concluded with a performance of “Shenandoah.” Alumni flooded the stage and joined the choirs, as is Homecoming tradition.
After the concert (and after I changed out of that dress), I joined the throng waiting for homemade donuts from Mamma Crockett’s Cider Donuts — a donut, hot chocolate, and apple cider shack run by the same alumnus and current student who brought us the Shaved Ice Shack this summer — and hit up Jonzzey’s to listen to some more music. Student performers, including the band Hills on Fire, played as music permeated campus and wrapped up the first night of this year’s Homecoming.
(Post by Madeleine Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)