November 01, 2013

Colleges of the Fenway Offers Extension of the Arts

Ken Bousquet

School clubs and groups are a large part of many students’ college experiences and because Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) students have a wealth of options to choose from.

One such group is the COF Performing Arts, open to all students at Wentworth. Comprised of Chorus, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Dance Project, and Theater Project, the group is in the midst of performances in the area, including an upcoming Jazz Band show in the dining hall of Beatty Hall on November 15.

For Ken Bousquet, BSM ’15, finding the Jazz Band represented the ability to continue one of his passions while attending college – music.

“I loved performing in the jazz group in high school and I wasn’t sure if they would have something at Wentworth,” said Bousquet. “I was very happy to find the group.”

Jazz Band hosts two main concerts per year – one in the fall (the Nov. 15 show) and one in the spring, while past years have featured a Performing Arts Fest in which shows are held on each of the COF campuses. Concerts include a mix of jazz standards and swing with some pop music. Rehearsals are “laid back,” said Bousquet, and typically held nearby at Simmons College. All programs are free to join and all skill levels are welcomed.The COF Performing Arts Jazz band

Similarly, Orchestra performs shows in the spring and fall, as does Theater Project. Dance Project performs around 10 times per year, and Chorus is readying a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at a date to be determined.

In the meantime, Bousquet is excited about performing on the 15th in a venue in which they have never performed before. Selections for the show will include “Birdland” by Weather Report, Ella Fitzgerald’s take on “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and a jazz version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” among others.

In addition to shows, the Performing Arts group hosts “COF’s Got Talent,” which invites musicians of all levels to take the stage for impromptu performances. “Anything goes,” said Bousquet smiling, “within reason.”

“The groups are very inclusive and the directors find ways to fit everyone in,” said Bousquet. “It’s a great, creative outlet for students and very much needed in between classes and other work. Wentworth is a very creative place and it’s great to have an opportunity like this.”

More information about COF Performing Arts can be found on their homepage.

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