On Thursday night Christian Howes and Southern Exposure joined us at Emens Auditorium for the fourth night in the Summer Symposium evening concert series. Christian Howes is a jazz violinist, educator, and producer from Columbus, OH. Christian Howes began working with Southern Exposure to create a style that combines modern jazz with Latin musical influences. This concert included a good mix of different types of music that surely did not disappoint.
The concert began with a more classical style mixed with jazz. Each instrumentalist had the opportunity to take a solo as Christian Howes played the melodies. One unique aspect to this group was the accordion player. This was definitely something that students had not been exposed to before and a great experience for them to have!
About halfway through the concert, Christian Howes asked all the students to get out their phones and tweet about something in music that has inspired them. It was so amazing to see the different responses that the students came up with!
#mfacamp has inspired me to bring everything I learned to my band. Being a leader isn’t for the title, it’s for the change you want to see.
— Sidney McDonald (@SidneySaurusRex) June 27, 2014
Inspired by this camp in so many ways. Can’t wait to go into music education after this! #mfacamp
— Kent Hickey (@KENT_hickey) June 27, 2014
Music For All is changing my life forever. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had. #mfacamp
— Kolin Edrington (@EdringtonKolin) June 27, 2014
The final number of the concert featured some very special guest artists, the orchestra division students participating the Summer Symposium! Christian Howes wrote the piece for an orchestra accompaniment to play with the group. This sure was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students.
— Alli W. (@thesimplewriter) June 27, 2014