Text by Emily Neely ’17; photos by Kwame Ohene-Adu ’14
Pies, smiles and a good time–things shared by all the evening of Thursday, February 2, at Collis Cabaret: Dartmouth Faculty Show. Of course, as the event planner and MC, I might be slightly biased, but that’s how it looked from the stage.
Enticed by the offer of free pie and the chance to see their professors taking the mic to sing rather than lecture, students gathered in One Wheelock beginning at 8 pm. After directing everyone to the ample refreshments, we began our show with none other than Professor Barbara Will, the A. and R. Newbury Professor of English and Dartmouth’s Dean of the Arts & Humanities. Professor Will treated the crowd to multiple songs on the violin, an instrument that she has been playing since the tender age of four but now brings out (by her own admission) “mostly for fun and to embarrass [her] kids in front of guests.”
After Will’s lively performance of movements from a Telemann sonata and some toe-tapping Irish jigs, we moved on to the featured student artists of the evening, The Rockapellas. An all-female a cappella group with a passion for social justice, they graced us with two songs, including a beautiful (and timely) rendition of Would You Harbor Me? by Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Following the Rockapellas’ set, Thayer Professor Lee Lynd took the stage with his wife Betsy. Though they usually perform with the successful folk quartet 2 x 2, Professor Lynd and his wife sang a series of duets for our show—an act made particularly special by the fact that the pair have been singing together since they met as undergraduates. They accompanied the music with a guitar and a dobro, which only serves as further evidence of just how multitalented many in our faculty are.
Finally, Department of Physics & Astronomy and West House Professor Ryan Hickox closed out a wonderful evening of music with three songs on his acoustic guitar. Professor Hickox studies supermassive black holes at Dartmouth, but he has also been involved with bands for most of his life. (Fun fact: his band, The Franklin Kite, produced the album Explosions and Batteries, which is available on Spotify for those of you who may have missed the event but want to hear his music!).
All in all, I think that it’s fair to say that Collis Cabaret’s first faculty show was a success. After the show, I heard students marveling over their professors, congratulating the performers, and laughing together—all music to my ears.