By Tim Bloom, Business Staff ’17
On Thursday, November 14, Fisher Hassenfeld hosted its own celebration of the Year of Sound. At this event titled “Night of Sound,” college house residents were treated to hot chocolate, s’mores, and most importantly some great music.
Students from all over the Quad flocked to the upper courtyard when they heard the first set. The night began with FH resident James Choi playing his electric violin as an accompaniment to popular songs. Next, the Bloomers band took the stage and played some fan favorites. Monica Cho, the leader of the Bloomers band remarked, “The Fisher Hassenfeld crowd was awesome, and we really enjoyed performing.” As the night went on, the crowd grew and got more and more into the music.
To close out the night, the Mask and Wig band gave Fisher Hassenfeld their take on an 11-song set list of popular songs from “All Star” by Smash Mouth to “Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani. The audience was impressed by the instrumental and vocal talent, and the FH staff noted that the performers were well-rehearsed. People danced and sang along to each song, demonstrating the importance of sound in helping students relax and have some fun.
In addition to a fun, seasonal concert, sophomores Brent Stone and Billy Clarke helped make the event educational. They handed out informational flyers about sound in a college setting – from the classroom to student performances. They also answered several students’ questions about setting up A/V equipment and related resources at Penn. As the night drew to a close and the fire died down, several students noted a desire for similar programming more often.
Congratulations to James Choi, the Bloomers band, and Mask and Wig’s guest performers on a fantastic set. And of course, thanks to Fisher Hassenfeld for hosting a memorable evening.