Coming late to concerts distracts performers, coordinator says

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The Recorder Quartet will perform Sept. 18.

By Francia Rivera

Students who attend musical performances in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center should arrive five or 10 minutes early to find a seat, music Coordinator Martha Fabrique said Sept. 6.


The music program in the fine arts department presents concerts featuring students and faculty.

This semester 25 concerts are free and two ask for a donation of $20 to raise money for the Friends of Music scholarship, which goes to music students.

She said guest arriving late or rising during the performance is discourteous.

 “It is distracting when people are coming and going when students are performing,” she said.

Guests at each performance will receive a program that contains the pieces and composers.

She also asks audience members to avoid using electronic devices during a performance.

 “Be quiet, don’t text, and turn off the phone,” she said. “It’s like going to a movie.”

She said the audience is not allowed to record or take photos during performances.

Most of the concerts are less than an hour long, she said.

In longer concerts, an intermission will give audiences time to get up and move around.

The music program offers concerts so students have the experience to perform in front of an audience.

“We are performers. It’s what we do,” she said.

Audiences have the opportunity to experience all the work that students have done, and it’s good music, she said.

Students in MUSI 1306, Music Appreciation, and MUSI 1310, American Music, attend these concerts, she said.

September has two remaining concerts.

The Recorder Quartet will perform music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 7:30-8 :30 pm. Sept. 18.

The Shakuhachi Faculty Recital is a music recital featuring the Japanese bamboo flute. Fabrique will perform. It will be 2-3 p.m. Sept. 30.

Two concerts will raise money for music scholarships.

 “The Awakening” featuring guest artist Soprano Kristina Bachrach will be 7:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Main Space, 1415 N. Main Ave.

The group Righteous Girls, consisting of Gina Izzo and Erika Dohi, will perform 8:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Main Space.

To find concerts, visit the music program on the college website at

For more information, contact Fabrique at or 210-486-0477.


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