Reinhardt Life

First wind ensemble concert with new director blows audience away

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Seats in the Falany Performing Arts filled as people gathered for a night of musical performance. The Reinhardt University Wind Ensemble performed their first concert of the school year, on Tuesday night Oct. 3. This concert not only kicked off the ensemble’s preforming season, but it served as the conducting debut of Reinhardt’s new Director of Instrumental Activities, Dr. Daniel Kirk.

The Wind Ensemble begins tuning their instruments as they wait to play their piece.

With enthusiastic cheers and applause from the audience, students took the stage to begin their program entitled, “Celebrating Centennials.” The program was meant to honor the 100-year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy and musical genius Leonard Bernstein. Dr. Kirk began the performance with a bang as a crash of cymbals signaled the first song “A Festival Prelude” composed by Alfred Reed. After a lively opening, the second piece, “Tears of St. Lawrence” by Aaron Perrine, was played and then followed by a Bernstein piece titled “Suite from Mass.” Before the piece was played, Dr. Kirk provided words of thanks to the audience for their support, and then stated how the concert was dedicated to the legacies and musical influence of JFK and Bernstein. Before the piece was played, a video recapping the life of Bernstein was played to give backstory into his life and influence. This third piece featured a brass quintet that included Dr. John Bryant, Yvonne Toll, Peter Riggs, Mark McConnell, and Dr. Paul Dickinson. Each piece was followed by vigorous applause and a swift change in performers.

Dr. Kirk stands and the band waits with anticipation to play “Suite from Mass” composed by Leonard Bernstein.

After a brief intermission, the ensemble returned, and began their tribute to President Kennedy. The lights dimmed as the band began to play “Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK.” A slideshow full of pictures from Kennedy’s life played on a screen behind the band as they played the fanfare and “Elegy for Young American.” A similar effect was used during the performance of “A Bernstein Tribute,” where photos of Bernstein conducting and moments from his musicals

West Side Story and On the Town. When asked his opinion of the performance, Reinhardt Freshman Nicholas Gwin commented, “Bernstein is by far one of my biggest musical influences. It makes me happy to see others enjoying his genius too.” Audience members were able to fully experience the legacy of both JFK and Bernstein in a powerful display both visually and musically.

Once the last note sounded, the audience erupted into applause, as Dr. Kirk and the performing students bowed to their well-deserved standing ovation.

 

Written By: Nataleigh Long

Pictures by: Nataleigh Long

Brian O’Sullivan graces Reinhardt stage with a night of comedy

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Reinhardt students prepared for a night of music and laughter in the Glasshouse as singing comedian Brian O’Sullivan took the stage. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Brian O’Sullivan has performed at over 300 college campuses across the country, and takes great pride in his 2015 title of “Roommate of the Year”, which he was nominated for by his two roommates. Hosted by

O’Sullivan laughs along with audience as they collaborate to write a song

Reinhardt’s Student Activities Committee, O’Sullivan brought his quick wit and high energy performance to Reinhardt on Sept. 23.

To begin his performance, O’Sullivan introduced himself with a fast-paced song all about himself that already had the audience rolling with laughter. Some of his most popular songs included parodies such as I’m in Love with the Board Game Clue, based off of Ed Sheeran’s I’m in Love with the Shape of You, where he described passion for board games, and his song based off of Taylor Swift’s We are Never Getting Back Together. The latter of the songs and made him very unpopular with the “Swifties” he admits, and claimed that song to be the reason he is hated by so many 12-year-old girls. However, both songs were widely accepted and met with laughter and applause from Reinhardt students.

Brian O’Sullivan delivers his jokes while playing guitar

O’Sullivan’s overall performance can be described as fast paced, and energetic, but this did not keep him from interacting with the audience. In fact, he made a point to ask for people’s favorite songs as his performance went on, and jokingly responded to any call outs or comments made by students. For one of his segments O’Sullivan allowed the audience to collectively write his next song via Mad Lib style. As he requested words that fit different categories, students quickly shouted out their answers, hoping to get their suggestions into the song. Once it was completed, the song was appropriately titled “Well…”, and then performed with even O’Sullivan cracking up in the middle as the craziness of the song unfolded. After the complete performance, the audience called for an encore, which led to one final song and a round of applause. Freshman

Amber Evans commented on the performance saying she didn’t know what to expect from the performance originally, but that her expectations were definitely exceeded.

Brian O’Sullivan can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and bocomedy.com. O’Sullivan is also producing a CD that will be available later in Sept.

 

Written by: Nataleigh Long

Pictures by: Nataleigh Long

Reinhardt kicks off “Year of Cuba” with festival

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On Wednesday, September 20th, Reinhardt hosted the Year Of Cuba Festival as part of their annual “year of” program. This year, the university is honoring Cuba.

Sounds of traditional Cuban music filled the air while multiple organizations representing Reinhardt’s majors set up booths around the Donor Plaza. These booths provided information and refreshments regarding the traditions of Cuba and it’s society.  Activities such as salsa dancing, corn hole, and arts and crafts were among the things available for students to participate in while attending the gathering. The overall goal of the Year of Cuba Festival was to expand campus knowledge and appreciation of the island’s people and culture and inform students of the impact that the culture has had on the world throughout history. A gallery of pictures from the event has been included below.

Written by: Cameron Davis

Pictures by: Cameron Davis and James Gilbert

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Reinhardt Residence Life invites students to showcase their talent at Coffee House

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Anyone interested in joining fellow students and performers at Coffee House is invited to come out September 22nd, at 7PM in the Glasshouse. Auditions for the annual Coffee House event took place this past Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9 PM in Gordy. In total, ten students were scheduled to audition. After the auditioning period had ended, Judge Kelli Skokowski, a Junior, was certainly expecting great things from the event this year. Skokowski stated, “I think this is going to be probably the best Coffee house that we’ve had in a long time. All the auditions were just amazing- blew us away. We weren’t really expecting so much talent in the past two days, but it’s been wild. They’re amazing.” Another judge, Sophomore Josiah Williams said, “We had a large turnout last year, so hopefully we’ll have another large crowd this year.”

Judge Kelli Skokowski is pleased with the turnout this year.

Coffee House itself is a way for all students to display their talents in music, poetry, song, dance, acting or magic performances. Freshman Luke Tracey said, “It’s important for students to show off what they’ve got- you never know what talents some people may have, and it’s good to spread all of it out.” Sophomore Music Education major Kate Hurst stated, “Being able to experience the talents of everyone from different backgrounds, and to come together as one, all for the same purpose means a great deal because it just brings everyone together. I love it. I think Coffee House is very important because you get to see that not just Music Education majors or Musical Theater majors have talent. But you get to see that athletes have talent, Business majors have talents, Nursing majors have talent- whoever they may be or wherever they come from, they can have talent too.”

Anyone interested in coming to the Coffee House event can expect great performances in a laid-back environment. Judge Skokowski stated, “Most people come and play acoustic versions of songs, it is very relaxed”. “Events like Coffee House help us build a community, and help people to see that ‘Oh if they can get up there on stage and sing, maybe I can too’. So it really helps to just build a stronger sense of community here on campus for the students,” she continued. Everyone looking forward to coming to the event has been invited to come out and experience the all that Coffee House has to offer. In regards to the audience, performer Kate Hurst said, “I hope that there is a crowd and a lot of involvement… if not, if it’s just a small crowd, it will still have a nice ‘coffee house’ vibe, and that’s really exciting too.”

Written by: Magdalena Quarles

Reinhardt University’s Common Ground group gathers in rain

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Students gathered together in rain gear and all to spend time in worship together.

Pouring rain, rushing wind, and rolling thunder could not stop Reinhardt students from gathering together for a night of community, praise, and worship. Clad in rain boots, rain jackets, and carrying umbrellas, drenched students gathered in the Glass House on Sept. 5 for a Common Ground worship service.

Common Ground is one of Reinhardt’s campus ministry programs, where all are invited to come together, sing with the worship band, and hear a message from Jamie Huggins, Reinhardt’s Campus Minister.

On this night, in particular, students arrived damp from the rain, but their spirits remained high as the crowd began to grow and warm conversations filled the room. The service began with a word of prayer, which was followed by music and song. Students were seen singing along and swaying to the music. Afterwards, Jamie delivered his message of discipleship. Those in attendance listened intently to his words and laughed along to his stories. His advice to the students was to begin looking for opportunities to form what he referred to as accountability groups and to join bible studies. Whether religious or not, accountability groups are comprised of people one can trust where the members can speak honestly and vulnerably to one another without fear of judgment. However, these groups are created to have people who will, in turn, hold one accountable for their actions, and then point them in a better direction with advice or prayer.

Towards the end of the night, students were encouraged to send their focus to those who have been affected by the severity of Hurricane Harvey, and to those who may be soon impacted by the oncoming storm of Hurricane Irma as it approaches. Although the small storm precedingthe service brought heavy rain and intense wind, it was nothing in comparison to what is being brought on by these storms.

While speaking, Jamie expressed how groups like Common Ground created moments and how it’s possible to, “come together in these moments, and get a little hope to keep you pressing on.” Lexi, a current student of Kennesaw State University and the leader of the worship music, spoke on how being vulnerable, and surviving college can be difficult, but how there is power found in community. She encouraged students to use Common Ground as a place to build community and family but to also take that idea of community outside into everyday life.

Along with the idea of building community, new bible study groups for both girls and boys are currently in the works. The girls plan to meet starting next week on Tuesday nights, directly following the regular Common Ground service, and the boys have a tentative plan to meet on Wednesday nights in the Glass House. Both groups will provide another opportunity to build a community of prayer and worship. Whether students are looking for a place to worship with friends, or if they are just looking for a supportive community, Common Ground may be a good place to start.

The group meets weekly in the Glass House on Tuesday nights at 7 o’clock.

Written by Nataleigh Long