The 19th annual Symphony of Sounds event displayed a wide range of musical talent, including jazz, opera, classical and musical theatre last weekend. This musical medley was performed at UAA for two nights, packing the house both times. TNL talked to Argel Isaguirre, a pre-nursing major who performed in the event.
TNL: How did you get involved in Symphony of Sounds?
Isaguirre: “I am taking three classes this semester, one of which is Jazz Ensemble/Motown. We were guaranteed a spot to perform the song ‘Morocco’ by Russ Freeman, arranged by Gordon Goodwin, at the end of the first half of the concert.”
Tell me about Symphony of Sounds.
“Sounds is a collaboration of music from the UAA Music Department which features groups, soloists and ensembles in an orderly, nonstop fashion. The event was to help raise money for the music department and help fund future scholarships. I remember seeing seats being packed both nights — so as far as crowd turnout, it was fantastic!”
What do you love about Symphony of Sounds?
“My favorite part of the show would have to be the UAA orchestra. In the opening act of the show, the UAA orchestra displayed tremendous virtuosity, professionalism and, of course, musicality! Props to the UAA orchestra for an amazing performance. “
How did you join this event? Is it an experience worth going to?
“This was my first Symphony of Sounds that I got to take part in. It was a blast! I became a part of the program from being one of the guitar players in the Jazz Ensemble. There were around 100 performers all in all for Sounds. I would just like to give a shout out to everyone that participated in Symphony of Sounds, a job well done! Keep the music coming, everyone!”
All ticket proceeds from Symphony of Sounds go toward the Music Endowment fund to support the next generation of musicians.