Eagles Music Club Hosts Open Arts Night 

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By Cody Hawes, Correspondent

Image Credit: Eagle Music

On Saturday Oct. 29, 2022, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagle Music Club (EMC) hosted their bi-annual Open Arts Night in the Lower Hangar. The combination of catered food, creative costumes, and various performances made for a festive evening. 

The EMC started the night off at 7:00 p.m. with a performance of “Blue Skies and a Battle” by the club’s string orchestra. This was followed by a well-received performance of the “Halo Theme” by the combined orchestra and choir. Additionally, the club featured their jazz combo and jazz band, who wowed the audience with their renditions of classic big band and jazz charts. 

Catered by Sodexo, the free food kept the audience and performers full of different snacks and appetizers. Chips and dip were available for grabs, as well as sliders, desserts, and more.  

“[There was] lots of great food,” stated EMC choir leader Michael Szoke. “It’s always enjoyable.”  

The event aimed to support open arts and artistic expression. For example, many of the performers came dressed in creative costumes. The EMC president came dressed as Guy Fieri and introduced the performers in the Fieri style with subtle references to the show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” 

Open Arts Night also featured walk-on musicians and performers wanting to display their talent.  

“I love seeing people showing off their talents and having fun together while bonding over music,” said Molly Ruley, a choir performer with EMC.  

One such performance, “Chopin’s Nocturne in Bb minor” played by Karl Loechelt, captivated the audience’s attention and illustrated the musical talent at ERAU. This event included performance opportunities and an evening of free music and food for everyone to enjoy.  

Szoke put it best: “This show is great for all musical people of all skill levels to get a chance to let their music side shine! This performance is a fun and impactful way to spread amazing music to the community and grow as a performer.”  

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