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'Clayes Collage Concert' Benefits CSUF Music Students

Musical Event March 22 in Meng Concert Hall Showcases Student Talent

March 14, 2014

More than 200 student performers will take center stage at the "Clayes Collage Concert" Saturday, March 22, in Clayes Performing Art Center's Meng Concert Hall for a benefit concert that raises scholarship funds for Cal State Fullerton's music students.

The concert features classical music to jazz and showcases student talent performing in instrumental and vocal ensembles. During the 90-minute musical extravaganza, which begins at 8 p.m., students perform on the main stage and throughout Meng Concert Hall, giving concertgoers a surround-sound musical experience.

"The program is a surprise each year," said Marc R. Dickey, chair and professor of music. "We build a musical collage by making the last note of each piece segue right into the first note of the next piece. The music doesn't stop."

In order to give concertgoers that element of surprise and delight, audience members receive a program about the students and music performed — after the concert, Dickey said.

One of the rewards for the student musicians is that they get to hear their peers perform: "That doesn't happen very often the rest of the year," Dickey noted. "The choir will hear the jazz band, and the jazz band will hear the choir. Also, the student performers have to learn to move on and off stage very quietly in semi-darkness, not something we have to do in most concerts."

Another key benefit is with the funds raised, music students are able to focus on their musical education, Dickey said.

"Music is a hard major and very time consuming. Through scholarships, we try to help students as much as we can so they can spend their time practicing their art on their instruments."

Mike August, Music Department production coordinator, is producing the program, and Morningside, a retirement community in Fullerton, is the sponsor.

"It's really difficult to explain in words how unique and amazing the Collage Concert is for the audience. If you come once, you'll want to come every year. It's a rapidly paced, impressive musical event. We work hard on it, and we hope to see a wonderful turnout," Dickey said.

This performance is dedicated to Joseph Arnold, dean of the College of the Arts, who is retiring in August after 41 years of service to Cal State Fullerton.

Tickets are $25 ($20 with Titan discount) and can be purchased online or by calling 657-278-3371. For more information visit the College of the Arts online.  

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