The student and community musical group World Music Percussion Ensemble played in Spaulding Auditorium of the Hopkins Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 25, with guest ensemble LADAMA. The groups collaborated to play a concert celebrating the cycle of the seasons. The performance was dynamic, high-energy and above all, fun. It was clear the audience was having a great time.
I talked to a few audience members after the show who enthusiastically described their impressions.
One of the students, a ‘20 majoring in biomedical engineering, described the show as upbeat and rich with different sounds and rhythms. “Right before intermission they played Tú y Yo, which was very interactive. People were standing up and clapping along and dancing. I loved how a few musicians would switch to different instruments in between songs to achieve a different sound, and that also demonstrated their passion for music.”
Another said that the combination of artists of different backgrounds “meshed really well; you couldn’t tell the difference between who was a visiting artist and who was not.”
When I asked a group of students about how they saw Hop performances such as this impacting Dartmouth, the students were hopeful about musical programs sharing diversity and international styles of music. A ‘21 who takes part in Arts Ambassadors, a freshmen club that encourages students to see Hop performances, said that if more people knew and made time for performances like these, they would really enjoy them.
The best part of the night for one student, she said, was seeing one of her classmates performing. “Seeing students mixed in made me see how the relationship between students, community members and outside artists can all work together and sound great. My classmates have so many different talents, which was cool to see.”