Every five years, Newman University’s musical alumni get a chance to connect with both the university and its students in a very fun way.
Alumni who participated in the Chorale and Troubadour groups during their time at Newman are invited back to sing alongside the current members of each group in the Fall Alumni Concert.
Deanne Zogelman, director of the music department, arranges the concert held on a Sunday afternoon. This year’s concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Performance Hall.
Contacting alumni and preparing the program is a big job; an estimated 50 alumni will be participating in the event.
There will be performances with all of the alumni and current students on stage as well as performances by multiple individual groups. Individual groups have been holding practices throughout the month and most plan to practice throughout the weekend of the event as well.
In preparation for the big night, Ray Williams, director of alumni relations and annual giving, has helped organize a social on Friday, Oct. 26, for all of the participating alumni.
Williams himself, as both a former Chorale member and Troubadour, will take part in the event and looks forward to having fun on stage, he said.
“It’s a great chance to come back and sing some of our favorite songs and dance some of our favorite dances from past shows,” said Williams. “But it’s also a great time for alumni to come back and see each other and get to know the current Chorale and Troubs. Alumni also get a chance to learn some new music and have a great time the whole weekend.”
Tickets for the event are $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for all students with a Newman University ID.
The box office will open at 2:15 p.m. and the doors will open at 2:30 for the event.