Sweet taste of music at Dessert Pops

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the ACC ballrooms looked a little different. Mini cupcakes, cheesecakes, punch and coffee sat in the center of decorated tables. A stage was set with the jazz band waiting off to the side. Friends and family sat at their tables, sampling the different desserts that give this concert its name. At 7:30 p.m., the concert began.

(Photos by Jonathan Quinn) The Chamber Choir preforms one of their songs, “Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father”, at the Dessert Pops concert on November 5.

Students from all years had the opportunity to perform songs from a variety of genres. This has been the main fundraiser for the music program for the last 11 years, and the 12th installation was no different.

There was a total of 25 songs that the choir and band performed for the audience.  By the end of the show, members of the audience were even up and dancing. This provided a fun atmosphere for everyone involved, not just on the stage but those watching their performance.

Emcees Courtney Moeller and Kyle Schnee kept the show running with jokes and banter while introducing the different acts.

Senior Kendal Kuboushek performs “Praying” by Kesha.

“Having a microphone in my hand, let alone speaking in front of a crowd, are two things that are definitely out of my comfort zone,” Moeller said. “Even though I was very nervous for several days leading up to the big event, Kyle and I had a lot of fun with it.”

This concert gives students more freedom of choice when it comes to their performance. They auditioned with their pieces to be a part of the concert and have been perfecting them in weeks leading up to it. Students could perform in solos, duets, or ensembles. Several performers brought up guitars and played piano to accompany their songs. During Dessert Pops, students can perform songs that had personal meaning to them and really enjoy their performance.

“I decided to perform ‘In the Blood’ because I could really connect with the song,” said sophomore Sam Anderson. “This concert is different than others because it is based around the music of today with today’s performers taking the stage. Most concerts here don’t feature pop music or individual performers.”

This was not just students performing their own material – several on-campus music groups got to perform as well. Jazz band with guest accompanying singers, Duhawkappella, Con Brio and Chamber Choir were just a few of the acts of the evening.

The music department staff enjoys having this concert as a break within their busy year. It gives students a chance to showcase their talents, even if they are not in choir or band. This encourages more participation and could lead to more students in the music department.

“We do this concert every year because we know we have extremely talented students at Loras,” Dr. Adam Kluck said. “We hope to showcase more students who might not be in a musical
ensemble but have musical talent to share with the campus community.”

“I thought this was our best year yet,” Dr. Glenn Pohland said about the concert. “All of the acts were well prepared, and the choices of music were outstanding.”

The jazz band will be performing at the College Night of Jazz which will take place at 7 Hills Brewery located in the Millwork District on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The annual Mysteries of Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Nativity Catholic Church on Alta Vista Street. Tickets are available for purchase for $5 on E-Commerce.

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