Blue Angel 2015, hosted by music fraternity members of Phi Mu Alpha, showcased another year of diverse talent at Saint Mary’s. The past weekend’s shows, held on Nov. 13 and 14, included over 40 participants of all ages performing a range of musical acts. The audience was treated to unique versions of pop, country, rock, and folk songs that conveyed the student-performers’ enthusiasm and energy.
Darvell Jones sings Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”
Photo by Kayleigh Kloncz
Among the newest participants in this year’s show was transfer student Kate Alley with her violin duet performance of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Joining her in the duet was her orchestra stand partner, Hannah Tzhi. The act was, indeed, entirely instrumental. This unconventional rendition seemed to be well received by the audience. Cheers were especially loud as Alley moon-walked across the stage while playing.
When asked about her feelings after performing for the first time in the show, Alley responded, “I was really scared my peers wouldn’t be impressed with a violin duet, but that was not the case. The cheering at the end of that piece every night made me have to step back from the high volume the crowd produced. As a transfer student, it was nice to make myself known in this community.”
Michael Flicek sings “Down With the Shine” by the Avett Brothers.
Photo by Kayleigh Kloncz
That’s what these shows are all about, according to Phi Mu Alpha president, Nick Novotny. They are an “opportunity for students and faculty to showcase their talents for their peers and the Winona community,” said Novotny. “The beautiful thing about Blue Angel, along with Fireside and Gaslight, is that they are open to anyone that is a part of the Saint Mary’s community. You don’t have to be a certain major, no required performance experience, anyone really means anyone.”
A few of the “anyones” that made up this show were openers Darvell Jones, Britany Bowens, Joe Gardner, Aidan Goodman, Dylan Harris, and Nick Novotny with their performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Faculty member Chris Kendall played guitar with Aidan Goodman in a “Dueling Banjos” act. Chad Cagle and his Beatles crew closed the first act with a classic performance of “Hello Goodbye.” Sigma Alpha Iota sisters Destiney Dux and Catie Deysach, along with Ally Warmka, Natalie Mrozek, and others performed a crowd-pleasing version of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” The show was closed, of course, with an Oldie Moldie All-Stars encore.