Focusing on the harsh and sometimes comedic facets of 1960s life, playwright Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" seems as though it should appeal almost exclusively to the generation who actually bought Bob Dylan albums when they were originally released. However, the recent St. Olaf production of Weller's masterpiece proves any notion of such generational exclusivity wrong.
Over 330 musicians, including the St. Olaf Band, the Norseman Band and a festival band of nearly 160 high school students, performed a concert of both new and traditional band music in Skoglund Auditorium on Saturday afternoon, culminating this year's St. Olaf Festival of Bands. The two-hour program featured performances of three original works by guest conductor Mark Camphouse, a solo tuba performance by Associate Professor of music Paul Niemisto and the campus premiere of "Metropolis Dawn," a new band composition by Christopher Renk '05.
As far as the St. Olaf campus goes, a splash of color is always welcome in the drab autumn months prior to the season's first snowfall. On Monday night in Urness, a concert of Indian Carnatic music provided a much-needed, vibrant vacation from the cold weather blahs.