ENMU kicks off fine arts season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Culture, class, sophistication, and a little reminiscing are just a few of the things coming to the High Plains this fall as the arts and entertainment schedule hits its stride at Eastern New Mexico University.

ENMU kicked off it’s Fall 2006 Fine Arts Calendar with a piano recital on Monday and a theatre production by former ENMU student and graduate, Jamie Barnes that began on Wednesday and continues through Saturday.

A special event this year, will be the Alumni Choir Performance, which will be held Sept. 29, the Friday of homecoming week. The performance will be conducted by former director of choirs, George Umberson, 1960-1970 and David Gerig, 1984-2004. The choir performance will include alumni choir members and current student choir members, said Joyce Stagg, senior secretary, College of Fine Arts. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Alumni choir will sing the National Anthem at Greyhound Stadium, before the start of the homecoming football game, said Stagg.

According to Michael Siton, dean of the College of Fine Arts, alumni band reunions have been held during past summer’s and it was felt that an alumni choir reunion and recital was called for. This will be the first alumni choir concert and reunion to be held, he said.

Started many years ago, the Fine Arts calendar provides an opportunity for the students to put on performances, said Stagg. It also allows the students to see what a performance is like in a professional setting, Stagg said.

Faculty members also put on recitals and performances as part of their requirements, said Siton. Their performances are an extension of their creative works.

By holding these performances during the year, it provides an opportunity for students to participate as part of their education and for those students that are not involved in the program a chance to learn from hearing and seeing the performances, said Siton.

“It’s our way of engaging not only the university, but also the region and the community in what we do in the arts,” Siton said.

Other performances will be held throughout the remainder of the year. In November, the POPS concert will be held to raise money for the Friends of Eastern Scholarship fund. Also a holiday concert will be held in December and is normally standing room only, said Stagg.

For events that require ticket purchase, the tickets may be obtained at the ticket window before the concerts, said Stagg. Different package options are available also, she said.