Music faculty member Matt Moore performed by playing his tuba in a verynon-traditional tuba recital on Wednesday night.
The recital was non-traditional because he performed with special lighting effects.
The effects were created by theatre faculty member Gary Benson and his assistant Kolby Clarke, a junior studying theatre and speech education. This was the first time they have done this type of lighting effect.
Moore had asked Benson if Benson could do some lighting effects for the tuba recital. Moore and Benson then got together to brainstorm possible lighting effects for the recital.
During the song, “New England Reveries,” splashes of water and color danced across the screen behind Moore as he played.
Celeste Burningham, a junior studying exercise physiology, said the piece made her feel as if she had been welcomed to another planet.
Benson and Clarke used oil, water, food coloring, a projector and clock faces to create the lighting effects, which were projected onto a screen.
Clarke said it is fun to create something new and exciting and out of the ordinary.
Moore played a total of five pieces with a variety of accompaniment. Moore performed with a piano and with pre-recorded accompaniment.
“[The music and lighting show] was fun and spiced things up,” said Lauren Byron, a freshman majoring in general studies.
Moore joined the faculty in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in tuba performance.
Moore played three types of tubas during the recital.
The first type is called a CC tuba, which is used for large groups such as a band or orchestra.
The second type is called an F tuba. This type is best used for small groups or solos.
The final tuba used in the recital is called a euphonium (also called a baritone or tenor tuba). It is a member of the tuba family and is used in bands and solos.
Byron said the concert was artistic and that hard work was put into the concert.