“Explore the Sound”

“Explore the Sound” is the idea and title behind a musical demonstration at the Wentz Concert Hall. At the concert you never know when a group will perform on the stage, in the balcony, or right next to you in the aisle.

“It’s kind of a guessing game. It’s really fun,” said senior performer Taylor Martin. “It’s kind of neat because you never know where it’s going to come from next until you see the lights and you hear the sound.”

“My favorite is to close my eyes and just listen to it,” said Mary Williams, whose daughter is a performer in the concert.

But this guessing game of sorts is the whole point of this demonstration. When it was built in 2008, the Wentz Concert Hall was intended to be a large concert facility with a small, intimate feel and to be as acoustically sound as New York’s Carnegie hall.

Those acoustics needed to be tested. So music directors, singers and instrumentalists joined forces and went on a musical adventure playing, singing and experimenting in every nook and cranny of the performance space.

“There are completely different experiences depending on where you stand and sing,” said Ramona Wis, Professor of Music at North Central and the Department Chair. “And that’s really the impetus for the initial year we did this concert two years ago, was to explore the sound in the hall and where things worked and where they didn’t work.”

“Every time we do a concert in here, especially one like this where we’re exploring, it hits me how lucky we are to have this building,” said Hannah Toriumi, a junior performer.

This is the third year for the “Explore the Sound” concert and directors say they plan to continue having it for years to come.

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