Rhythm and Roots to Present 'The Blue Moon Radio Hour' | St. Lawrence University

Rhythm and Roots to Present 'The Blue Moon Radio Hour'

By Kathryn Corbitt '18

St. Lawrence University’s Department of Music will host “The Blue Moon Radio Hour: A Staged Radio Broadcast of Music and Drama from the 20s-30s,” beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Launder’s Underground, Noble Center 001. The performance is free and open to the public.

Each year, the music department offers a performance called the Rhythm and Roots Ensemble. Its purpose is to showcase a specific, talented individual.

Birdsong Associate Professor in the Arts Michael Farley explained, “While the department has the Laurentian Singers, the String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as formal, developmental ensembles, we wanted this to be different – a more “moveable feast” usually built around an extraordinary student performer who happens to be in our midst, who’s gift doesn’t fit easily into traditional college ensembles."

In the past, the ensemble has done such performances as: a Memphis Jugband BBQ, a luau, a tango orchestra, a classic country music show, and an all women’s rock performance, called Femme Fatale.

This year’s performance is a cross between a classic ballroom and a radio broadcast in the 1930s. It will not be your typical music concert, in that the music department aims for a deep immersion with these performances, with a theatrical stage to go along with the theme.

The performance will be directed by Farley as one of his last projects at St. Lawrence.

For more information, visit the Department of Music.