On March 5, 2020, St. Petersburg College Wind Ensembles presented the Campus Connections Concert at the Palladium in downtown St. Petersburg. The annual concert combines our musical performance which a spotlight on another area of the college. This year’s highlighted program was Veterinary Technology. Joël Vaïsse, principal trombonist of the Florida Orchestra, was the featured guest soloist. Mr. Vaïsse premiered the North American performance of Jean-Philippe Vanbeselaere’s Septentrion, to a thunderous response from the audience.
Campus Connections Concerts involve our music students seeking out another department, learning about what they do and theming our music accordingly. We then present a combination of music and information about the happenings and opportunities of our partnering program. This year, all audience members went away with a great sense of what we do in both Music, Humanities and Fine Arts and our outstanding SPC Vet Tech program.
The evening’s music included several animal-themed works such as Noisy Wheels of Joy by Eric Whitacre, Old Ben’s Farm by Andrew Boysen, Old Home Days of Charles Ives, Service Dogs by JC Sherman, Sheep Shearing Song of Percy Grainger, and Monkey Business of David Lovrien. Ensemble members sent in pictures of their pets and dressed in animal-themed outfits, and SPC student Kyle Collins assembled a collage video that played during one of the pieces.
Dr. Cynthia Grey, Associate Dean of Veterinary Technology, expressed her appreciation.
“What an outstanding performance by all,” she said. “Such a wonderful connection we have made. The slide show brought tears to our eyes, and the stuffed animals and fun clothes were such a great touch.”
Campus Connections Concerts usually take place the Thursday before Spring Break. If you have ideas for future department to highlight, please contact me, Professor Nathan Muehl, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about SPC’s Vet Tech program, visit our website.