PRISM Concert to Showcase CSU Talent

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Like a prism dispersing a single source of light into a rainbow of colors, CSU’s Schwob School of Music will showcase its full spectrum of student talent at the second annual PRISM concert on Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre.

Approximately 225 music majors in various instrumental and vocal ensembles, including chamber and solo performances, will present a non-stop, 70-minute musical extravaganza. To create a seamless musical presentation, ensembles will be placed across the Bill Heard stage and in at least four in mezzanine boxes in the theatre. Special lighting will illuminate the performers.

“Since last year’s inaugural PRISM concert, the production committee has worked hard to build upon the success,” said Robert Rumbelow, Professor of Music and one of the event coordinators. “I’m confident that concert-goers will be truly amazed at the variety of repertoire and impressive quality exhibited by student performers.”

All large student ensembles are represented, such as the Jazz Band, Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Concert Chorale; in addition, the concert includes music theater and a variety of student chamber groups performing music from Dvorak to Piazzolla.

Professor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul and Jean Amos Faculty Chair and Director of Choral Ensembles, will direct the University Singers and Concert Chorale; Professor Joseph Golden, university organist and director of opera, will direct a selection from “Cabaret;” George Del Gobbo will direct the CSU Philharmonic; Professor Robert Rumbelow will direct the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble; and professor Shirantha Baddege will direct the Jazz Band. Additional faculty, including professors Manuel Diaz (viola); Andrew Zohn (guitar); and Sergiu Schwartz (violin) will serve as coaches for the chamber groups.

“The performance will be a fund-raiser and a friend-raiser,” said Rumbelow. “The PRISM concert also is a benefit for the L. Rexford Whiddon Faculty Chair in Piano, an initiative of Henry and Joyce Schwob, Jerry and Marjorie Newman, proud contributors to the university. Mr. and Mrs. Schwob and Mr. and Mrs. Newman will be in attendance.”

This event provides Columbus with an opportunity to witness the quality CSU’s Schwob School of Music brings to the city’s cultural life, Rumbelow said.

The Columbus City Council has issued a proclamation declaring April 12 “Schwob School of Music Concert Day” in recognition of the concert, and the Schwob School is providing complimentary tickets to students and music teachers in the Muscogee County School District, musicians and their parents from the Columbus Youth Orchestra and others.

Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen said the event will “benefit the community, the student population and the faculty — a true showcase of the exceptional accomplishments of our family of students and artist-teachers who are at home in the Schwob School of Music at CSU.”

Ticket prices are $10, $25 and $35 and half price with CSU ID. Call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information about the program, contact Hallie Fivecoat at 706-649-1986 or