March saw the blossom of yellow daffodils and the first blushes of the spring sunshine to come, and the RUMS spring concert did not disappoint in embracing the season.
The string ensemble traditionally opened the show with Shostakovich’s “Waltz No.2” that conjured magical and fairytale-like images of enchanted forests, Russian princesses and sugar plum fairies. The brass ensemble then gave an impressive and jovial performance of Offenbach’s “The Can Can.” Perhaps one of the most treasured performances from the night was the flute choir’s “The Sound of Music” medley that was full of energy, excitement and enthusiasm.
The highly-anticipated jazz band surpassed expectations when they played Adderley’s classic, funky blues piece, “Work Song,” which transformed the room into a 1950s smoke-filled jazz café. The solos were superb, the piano was full of swing and doo-wop and the choir clicked and chirped in true West Side Story fashion.
From 60s jazz to 70s disco, the vocal choir lit up the room with an outstanding medley of ABBA hits from the popular musical, Mamma Mia. The vocals were clear and mesmerizing as the audience felt that they were in a glitzy disco ball dream. The night ended brilliantly with the clarinet band’s astonishing performance followed by an amazing Stevie Wonder medley.