Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer
To you, Amadeus might just be another movie that you may have had to watch in your middle school music appreciation class or something similar. However, this film is certainly more than you may realize. It is a tale of powerful human emotion and the immense sensational strength of music.
The movie surrounds Antonio Salieri, played by F. Murray Abraham, who is a composer with a fleeting audience. The film also focuses on the ever popular Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, portrayed by Tom Hulce. Over time, Salieri becomes obsessively jealous and envious of the young, arrogant and immature Mozart. He deems him unworthy of such a musical gift from God. Salieri becomes fueled by hatred and begins his descent into madness as he plots the downfall of the talented composer.
All aspects of the movie are spectacular. The story is so powerful and gripping. You can almost feel the emotions of the characters yourself. As you watch the film, you can feel Salieri’s anger.
The music is what really brings the movie to life however. The scores give each scene such a overwhelming sense of emotion. The movie is brought together by the works of the composers.
After its release, Amadeus was followed by much critical success. The film received eight Academy Awards- it’s not hard to see why either. Rarely, do you see such an excellent movie that can perfectly express the riveting nature of the narrative, and of course the characters as well. This film is truly compelling and such an enjoyment to watch. For anyone looking for a wonderful movie or those who have a love for music, I strongly recommend this. I give it an A.
Come see Cabaret. Tickets are on sell in the lobby of Goolsby Center and by phone at (706) 379-4307 or by going online at Theater Young Harris online box office. The box office is open from 3 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show runs Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Next weekend, the show runs from Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m.
By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer
Mary Land, a native of Pickens County, is one of the new additions to the music department at Young Harris College. She is the band director for the newly formed YHC concert band. Before coming to YHC, she worked for 29 years as band director at the school she taught at and she worked with student teachers from other colleges.
Mrs. Land got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She got a master’s degree from the Vandercook School of music in Chicago. She is currently enrolled in the University of Georgia getting a doctorate in music education. Mrs. Land mainly plays the trumpet and she gives lessons on the trumpet as well.
Ms. Land chose YHC because YHC was making the transition from a two year college to a four year college. She is very impressed by the administration at YHC and how they are constantly trying to improve the college to make it a better place for the students and the faculty.
She also wanted a chance to be a part of the first college band at YHC.
Her favorite thing about YHC is the students. “I love to watch them play. They are very energizing to me. When we are playing something and it seems like we unite and produce beautiful music. I love watching the excitement on the student’s faces and watching them grow musically.”
She also admires her colleagues and she says, “It is rewarding to work with the people in this department and to work with them in the developments they are making in music education.”
In addition to her love of music, Ms. Land enjoys doing triathlons and biathlons. She enjoys running, swimming, and biking. Another interesting fact about her is “if you put my first and last name together, it makes the name of the state Maryland.”
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By Ellen Mayfield, Staff Writer
Jam session: a sacred word used by musicians that encompasses the meaning of life. For The Visualizers, a native band of Young Harris College, jamming is an every night, rain or shine, feel-good necessity.
Playing mostly funk music in their dorm rooms, YHC students Leon Payne, Adam Higgins, CJ Cypress and Sean Dorough have started branching out to bigger things.
While the band has played four public shows, they jam almost every night in their dorm rooms. According to Higgins, “what we play in our rooms is pretty much show-quality stuff because we just improvise anyways. It’s not hard for us to throw a show together.”
Improvisation is a major component of jam bands. It simply means that as one person leads with a beat or tune, the others soon follow with the rest of the sound. Often times for the listener, the assumption can be made that the band has rehearsed the song many times because it flows so well. Some famous bands that are well known and loved for this style are Dave Matthews Band, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
“With most of our music, we don’t even know what it’s gonna sound like until we start playing,” Cypress said. “Sometimes things will take a weird turn, and it ends up sounding great.”
So what exactly is funk music? Funk is a music genre originating in the ’60s that blends soul, jazz and rhythm, and blues. Perhaps the most definable funk instrument is the Hammond organ. The most common Hammond is the Hammond B-3 organ which is known for its distinct electric sound often found in progressive rock and blues-rock bands. For The Visualizers, Adam Higgins is the master of the Hammond B-3 as well as the other keyboard instruments. Leon Payne and Sean Dorough play guitar, while CJ Cypress takes drums. Together, these instruments create the glory that is funk.
With influences such as Parliament Funkadelic, affectionately known as P-Funk, and Rage Against the Machine, The Visualizers know how to bring justice to the term “jam session.” Their favorite place to jam is in the old elementary school across the road, which they like to call “the cave.”
The Visualizers found their start at the YHC summer school program last year. Payne, an RA at the time, decided to get some musicians together to jam in the chapel as a part of a hall program for summer school students. Higgins, Cypress and Dorough were the only ones who came that day.
“All the people were shy; we were the only people who weren’t shy. We’ve been playing together ever since,” says Payne.
Recently, the band played in a battle of the bands contest at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville. After their performance in the contest, The Visualizers have won another paid gig there in the spring. They played against two other bands who Leon Payne describes as “good artists for their age.” All the proceeds from the contest went to the Relay For Life organization that hosted the event.
You can hear The Visualizers on their MySpace page or playing most any night in the Enotah Hall. Simply follow the funk and you’ll find them.
Check them out here!