Eastern Oregon University’s music department and chamber choir put on a spectacular show in the McKenzie Theatre Jan. 25.
The sold-out show featured an evening’s worth of pop music hits from the 1980s.
The evening opened with a rollicking version of the theme from “Miami Vice” and from there the intensity never wavered.
The audience was treated to a variety of solo and group numbers including several spectacular dance sequences.
The 80s hits ran the gamut from Van Halen’s “Jump” to Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”
The band providing backup music for the event did a spectacular job of recreating the music of the 80s. Band members included Luke McKern and Luke Brasile on guitar, Matt Cooper and John McKinnon on keyboards, Mike Kellison on bass and Teun Fetz and Luke McKern on percussion.
Other band members were Eric Jepsen on violin, Kailey VanOcker on trumpet and Zane Boone and Matt DeBoodt on trombone.
Peter Wordelman conducted the chamber choir.
This reviewer was impressed with the entire evening’s performance. This was no easy feat as easily 80 percent of the songs performed are on his personal “Jukebox from Hell” list.
To top off the evening, the cast performed a surprise encore: a stellar recreation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, which brought the house down.
Kudos to Peter Wordelman, guest choreographer Catherine Herrmann and students for staging a professional and engaging performance with a mere three weeks of preparation.
Kudos also to EOU for their dedication to keeping the arts a vital and significant part of our campus culture.