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Music is in the ear of the beholder. There's a lot I wouldn't consider "music," not to say others wouldn't enjoy it. If I find a song I encounter or am subjected to that is too loud or distasteful I either leave, turn it down or turn the channel. If I can do neither I just cringe and try to tune it out.
It's only on the rarest of occasions I find music I want to absorb even more of. Last night I attended a free concert at the beautiful Shattuck Music Center here in Waukesha. When I say I couldn't get enough of Carroll University's Women's Ensemble, Concert Choir and Vocal Collective, what I mean is my mind only opens so far. I could hear just fine, but had such a hard time processing the complex and extraordinarily unusual and beautiful sounds that I was forced to lean in and cock my ear. Closed my eyes at times to ease the sensory overload and absorb as much as humanly possible. The concert didn't last nearly long enough.
If I had to find one thing wrong with the concert it's that I couldn't record it to share with you. Even though Carroll concerts are usually professionally recorded, I've never been able to find a copy. Now there's something I'd gladly pay for!
It's not, in explaining the price of admission, that these Carroll performances are mediocre. Nay, Carroll concerts are often the best I can imagine. I can't explain how they do it, but I can say it's very good to have them right here in Waukesha. Obviously, by pricing affordably more of the community can enjoy them. (I've never been so glad I didn't miss last night's.)
It's possible, and unfortunate, that you may not have heard about last night's concert. There are six more Carroll events for this month alone . . .and all without cost! Check Carroll's website www.carrollu.edu/newsevents/ for more information, but so you don't say you I didn't tell you:
Student production of Disney's "High School Musical" 7 pm March 8th and 2 pm March 9th.
Bowed piano recital 7:30 pm March 13th.
Also March 13, 7 pm, showing of the film "Girl Rising"
Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble 8 pm March 15th.
"The Book of Luke" performance 1 pm March 16th.
Passover Seder 6:30 pm March 20th.
And if you want to hear a speaker Monday night, March 4th, on Sustainability Education, it's also free.
As you can see from this list there is, like song selections in last evening's concert, huge variety. That's one thing that make's Carroll so great. Where else are you going to see or hear things like this?