Thursday is not a day that I usually look forward to. It’s wedged awkwardly between the middle of the week and the weekend, one more day in the way of Friday, and generally speaking, never particularly special. This week, however, Thursday is an exception. This Thursday, February 2, is Collis Cabaret.
Collis Cabaret is a termly concert that typically features visiting artists at the Hop, but for the first time this Thursday, faculty will be performing at the event. Not only that, but they’ll be the stars of the show, singing everything from folk, indie rock, and resistance songs to playing classical violin and acoustic guitar. The show includes faculty from departments across campus ranging from Engineering to Italian. The professors are truly a multi-talented crew: none of them are affiliated with the Music Department, but many are involved with musical groups outside of Dartmouth. Physics and Astronomy Professor Ryan Hickox studies supermassive black holes and plays in the indie rock band The Franklin Kite. Thayer Professor Lee Lynd teaches in both the Engineering and Biology departments and sings with his wife in 2 x 2, a successful folk quartet. English Professor Barbara Will specializes in 20th-century literature and finds time to dedicate to the violin. And when Professor Graziella Parati is not lecturing for the Italian, Women and Gender Studies, or Comparative Literature departments or directing the Leslie Center for the Humanities, she’s interested in the power of music in resistance movements, both historical and contemporary.
The professors alone make quite a formidable lineup of performers, but as the cherry on top, student a cappella group The Rockapellas will also sing a short set on Thursday evening. Together, the variety of acts is sure to be a treat!
Collis Cabaret: Dartmouth Faculty Show will take place in One Wheelock this Thursday (2/2), beginning at 8 PM. To add to the fun, we will have Lou’s pies, a sampling of local cheeses, hot chocolate, and for those 21+, free hard cider. Swing by and see Dartmouth professors in a whole new light!