MAKE MUSICAL CONCERTS, A UNIVERSITY EVENT, DEAN TASKS DEPARTMENT
The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof Stella Ekpe has tasked the Department of Music to strive towards making the Department's Musical Concerts a university event.
Prof. Stella Ekpe gave the charge during the maiden Musical Concert organized by the Department of Music and held at the Department's Music Hall.
Speaking at the event which had as its theme "Baroque Expressivo", the Dean, expressed her profound gratitude over what she described as an auspicious event, commending the departments for their hard work and commitment in organizing such an epochal concert.
Prof. Stella Ekpe, said: "I thanked you all, my Head of Department of Music, staff and students of the department for your effort in ensuring that the event is a success".
In the same vein, Prof. Ekpe applauded the Vice-Chancellor and her Management team for their support, including providing adequate power to ensure that the event is a reality.
She opined that such a concert should be held regularly with the view of attracting a wider audience, this was even as she expressed delight over the variety of songs performed by both staff and students assuring that she will lend her voice subsequently.
In an earlier remark, the Ag, Head, Department of Music, Dr Caroline Etim stated that the drive for the concert is a culmination of four years of efforts put into the study and application of music.
She said that her vision and mission for music as a whole was to change the maligned misconception of music in this part of the country, as well as, create a veritable platform where different budding artists will be able to showcase their talents.
Dr Etim, expounding on the theme of the musical concert, said that the word "Baroque" is mostly used in defining the era of music history from about 1600-1750 which came to a glorious end following the death of German musician and composer, Johann. S. Bach.
She further said that baroque is a French derivative that is used to connote extravagance, ornamentation, or elaborate artistry while 'Expressivo' is Italian for expression.
Hear her, "the musical concert is an event of soulful expressions that are elaborately packaged in vocal or instrumental form, encompassing various musical cultures of the world, capturing historic and contemporary ideal and delivered for your pleasure".
Dr Etim also thanked the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Banku Obi and her Management team for the giant strides recorded in the Institution within such a short period, adding that, the hosting of the maiden musical concert will be on record as one of the achievements of this administration.
While expressing gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for restoring power in the department, the HOD said, the department can now effectively put to use the musical instruments and equipment provided by TETFund.
Dr Etim reiterated that her dream remains to enhance and contribute massively to musicology, within and outside the shores of the Institution.
The colourful event featured 'Folk song by Dr Caroline Etim, "Ima-Obong Uwem" by Sister Gertrude, "Chioma" by Prince Mike, "More of you" by Dignity amongst others.
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