ENMU bands to entertain

By Eamon Scarbrough
STAFF WRITER
escarbrough@pntonline.com

Two upcoming Eastern New Mexico University events will offer attendees unique musical perspectives while helping to fund further musical activities.

The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Clovis State Theater at 504 North Main Street in Clovis, according to Assistant

File photo The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place on Friday in Clovis and the 49th annual POPS Dinner Concert on Saturday at ENMU’s Campus Union Building.

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The ENMU Big Band Dance will take place on Friday in Clovis and the 49th annual POPS Dinner Concert on Saturday at ENMU’s Campus Union Building.

Professor of Music Richard Schwartz, who is coordinating the event.

The dance will feature the ENMU Jazz Ensemble and ENMU Vocalists performing big band music from the 1930s through the 1970s, and will allow attendees to swing dance and dress like people from the 1930s (optional), Schwartz said.

The Big Band Dance is one of the only jazz performances in Eastern New Mexico all year, he said, adding that people who have attended in the past have enjoyed themselves.
“It’s important because, of course, there isn’t a lot of jazz in this area, so it’s great to have something in the jazz genre; however, it’s also a lot of fun for the community to get together and dance to music that perhaps is no longer played live anymore except once or twice a year in this area,” he said.

According to Schwartz, the event allows the student performers to gain experience in a genre of music they might not necessarily be familiar with.

“It’s important for the students because, as future music educators and music performers, they need to be aware of the scope of the jazz genre. This fulfills one of those genres, which is the big band,” he said.

Schwartz added that he always enjoys himself as the event’s host.

“I have a lot of fun directing the ensemble and acting as MC for the event; giving away prizes for jazz trivia questions,” he said.

A $5 donation at the door is requested for entry to the Big Band Dance. For more information, call Schwartz at 575-562-2471.

ENMU’s 49th annual POPS Dinner Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 with proceeds going toward the ENMU Friends of Music scholarship fund.

According to ENMU Department of Music Chair Dustin Seifert, the concert will feature three separate musical ensembles: The Swanee Singers, the ENMU Wind Symphony and the Delbert Anderson Trio.

The Delbert Anderson Trio features former ENMU student Delbert Anderson and will perform a new jazz combo piece with the wind symphony, as well as another guest artist: Antionette Thompson, a Native American artist from the Four Corners area of New Mexico.

“She will be rendering live artwork during the POPS concert. She’s going to listen to these premier compositions that she’s never heard and paint simultaneously. That will be very interesting,” he said.

Another unique component of the concert, Seifert said, is a set by the Swanee Singers comprised totally of songs by the band The Beatles.

According to Seifert, the concert offers a unique blending of dinner and social aspects with performance.

“It’s the only concert of the year that includes the dinner and social element, plus the contribution to the Friends of Music scholarship fund, which makes it unique,” he said.
Admission to the concert is $30 per person and $20 for active-duty military personnel and family.

Check or money order must be made payable to University Friends of Music and can be mailed to Kathleen Salter, POPS Concert 2016, 112 Texas Drive, Portales, NM 88130. Orders must be received by Nov. 7.

For more information, call 575-359-0145.