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Concert series spreads through word of mouth

'Speakeasy' performances give musicians exposure

staff writer

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 22:02

Speakeasy concert

photo by Meghann Nixon

Five string music students performed for about 20 people in FAV 209 Tuesday evening. The event is one of many performances, called "Speakeasy Concerts."

Students gathered in a dimly lit painting studio in the Chase Fine Arts Center Tuesday night to watch musicians perform contemporary pieces in their second Speakeasy Concert.


The event is part of an underground concert series put on by string music students. People who are interested are part of a Facebook page entitled “Speakeasy Concert Series.” On the day of a performance, a mass text is sent out and a notice is posted on the page detailing the location and time.


Sophie Spreier, a senior string performance major and curator of the series, said the underground nature of the event is meant to add intrigue, but it is not meant to be exclusive.


“We want people to come to these concerts,” Spreier said.


Spreier said the main reason it was a secret in the first place is because she thinks people should be proactive in looking for things of value.


“I guess I just wanted to challenge my audience a little bit and make them feel like they achieved something by finding a secret place,” Spreier said.


Students in attendance Tuesday night said they felt that sense of achievement.


“At the same time, it makes you feel like you’re part of something that’s different from everything else,” said Zachary Gordon, a philosophy major who attended the concert. “So it’s really attractive to people. It’s attractive to me because of that.”


Spreier said the reason she started the concert was to give people an opportunity to perform in a situation where they do not feel stressed.


“I’m trying to provide a more low-key environment for people who may or may not be intimidated by the environment of a concert hall,” Spreier said. “It provides an exciting vibe for both the performers and the audience members.”


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