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SDSU’s Brazilian Drumming Ensemble performed outside the dome yesterday around 5 p.m. “Awesome” pretty much covers it!

Brazilian Drumming Ensemble
Brazilian Drumming Ensemble
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Brazilian Drumming Ensemble
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Brazilian Drumming Ensemble

In real estate, they say that location, location, location is all-important. For today’s Art Under the Dome concerts, location played a big role as well. For the first time, we had a concert just outside the dome: a student brass ensemble. It was perfect. Inside, we tested another new location: woodwinds and French horns on the first floor near the Circulation Desk. That worked, too. The views from the 2nd floor balcony were great! But wherever you stood or sat to enjoy the performance, the music was wonderful!

Brass ensemble
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Brass ensemble
Woodwinds and French horns
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Woodwinds and French horns

Have you been wondering what we’ve had planned for the pianos sitting, covered, on the 1st floor of the Dome near the elevator shaft?

If you were in the library around noon today, you found out!

Today’s “Art Under the Dome” featured students from SDSU piano classes. They performed a variety of works, not just the usual (but good!) fare of Mozart and Bach.

I noticed a lot of people put down their books, closed their laptops, and paused in their tracks to listen. How could you not?

The piano keys are black and white
but they sound like a million colors in your mind
― Maria Cristina Mena, The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena

Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert
Art Under the Dome piano concert

I was expecting one chamber music ensemble for today’s Art Under the Dome. Instead, we got…well, maybe the whole department! Reeds, strings, and voices joined in to provide a wonderful variety of music under the dome this afternoon. SDSU’s talented student musicians were at their best!

Chamber music ensemble
Chamber music ensemble
Bass player
Ball player
Chamber music ensemble
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SDSU student choir

SDSU is fortunate to have the Hausmann Quartet in its artist in residence program, and we at the library are especially lucky because they’re becoming a regular at our Art Under the Dome events. During their performances, they treat us to a wide variety of chamber music, from Haydn to Bach and beyond, which are usually segments of pieces they’re playing in upcoming concerts at Smith Recital Hall. Today’s performance included highlights from their Converge Concert Series.

Hausmann Quartet
Hausmann Quartet
Hausmann Quartet
Hausmann Quartet
Hausmann Quartet

The Hausmann Quartet performed today as part of Art Under the Dome. Their beautiful music brightened a dreary, rainy afternoon.

Hausmann Quartet
Violinist
Hausmann Quartet
Violinist
Audience
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Our Valentine’s Day “Art Under the Dome” really covered the arts: music, theatre, and dance. SDSU theatre students presented readings from Romeo and Juliet, using the dome’s balcony for the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s play. A student chamber music and jazz ensembles and a mariachi band filled the dome with amazing music and great entertainment. Improv and Modern Techniques dance students began their performance outside the dome and worked their way in, molding their choreography to the interior of the library. If you didn’t see any of these performances today, you are poorer for it!

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jazz ensemble
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violinist
mariachi musicians
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dancers
dancers
dancers

Are you trying to think of something fun and romantic and FREE to do with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? The library has the answer for you! We’re featuring theatre, music, and dance under the dome throughout the day. Here’s what’s happening:

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Dramatic readings from Romeo and Juliet featuring SDSU Theatre students
12:00 p.m. Mariachi Azteca and jazz ensemble
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. “Breathe Together.” Students from Modern Techniques and Improv classes join forces to showcase dance

Hope you can join us on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Love

Four student musical groups from SDSU’s School of Music and Dance entertained us today during “Art Under the Dome,” including our first jazz ensemble! With the pressure of finals and the end of the semester upon us, this was a welcome and inspiring respite from classes, schoolwork, and the daily grind. As author Berthold Auerbach said, “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” How true!

Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome
Art Under the Dome

Today’s “Art Under the Dome” featured the SDSU Chamber Choir. What an amazing group of singers! There’s really a lot of great talent on this campus.

SDSU Chamber Choir/Art Under the Dome
SDSU Chamber Choir/Art Under the Dome
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SDSU Chamber Choir/Art Under the Dome
SDSU Chamber Choir/Art Under the Dome
SDSU Chamber Choir/Art Under the Dome