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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
Kettle drums
Brass ensemble
Woodwinds and French horns
Woodwinds
Conductor
Woodwinds and French horns

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
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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

Below are a few photos from today’s student chamber music concerts at the SDSU Library. Let me just say that “Art Under the Dome” is off to a great start! Bravo to all who put this together!

Art Under the Dome chamber music concert
Art Under the Dome chamber music concert
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Art Under the Dome chamber music concert
Art Under the Dome chamber music concert
Art Under the Dome chamber music concert

…and your professors. Have you heard of the Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection? You haven’t? Okay, then, listen up!

Vince Meades

Vince Meades hard at work in the Special Collections stacks

The Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection was donated to the SDSU Library by—who else?—Vince Meades, who spent many years assembling this collection before kindly donating it to Special Collections in 1998. The collection contains around 58,000 sheet music titles, and it literally grows by the week…Vince is the gift-er who keeps on giving. Vince continues to comb estate sales, garage sales, and antique stores for plum pieces, and he spends several mornings a week at Special Collections, sorting and cataloguing his recent acquisitions. He’s built this collection into one of the largest sheet music collections on the West Coast, and certainly the most impressive!
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So, musicians, are you looking for a piece by the Beatles? We’ve got it. A Broadway musical or the theme from Jaws? Yep, got those, too. If it was printed between 1835 and now, we probably have it. But if you can’t find the sheet music you’re looking for listed in the catalog, ask Vince…it just may be in the box of new gems he’s brought in that morning!

Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection
Vince Meades
Spring 2006 The Dome article about the collection