Watch: Students Stage Cello Dining Hall Takeover

by Alisa Giardinelli
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(video by Andrew Hauze '04)

A cello sextet entertained fellow students during dinner in Sharples Dining Hall at the end of last semester with their performance of Rossini's William Tell Overture. The performers -  Zach Lockett-Streiff '14, Alejandro Sills '13, Olivia Edwards '16, Ariel Hwang '15, Sofia Gabriel '15, and Stephanie Wey '16 - are all participants in the Fetter Chamber Music Program, which sponsors concerts and chamber music coachings for the Music Department.

Andrew Hauze '04, who directs the Swarthmore College Orchestra, says the idea for the surprise performance came to him as he coached the group to play his arrangement of the piece. "I had a vision of them playing the last section, used as the theme of The Lone Ranger, in Sharples with masks on," he says. "I was thrilled that, when I suggested this in jest, they all jumped at the idea!"

Hauze adds he is hoping to bring more music to different spaces on campus, "particularly community hubs," he says. "I think you can expect lots more music all over campus, whether announced or as a surprise."