Article contributed by Katelyn Irene Gaskey
The Purdue University Northwest Invisible Strings Orchestra Club was started in the fall of 2017 by Honors student Yamani Woody out of a love for music, a wish to be able to gather with fellow students to play instruments, and an effort to bring cultures together through music.
On Friday, April 6, Invisible Strings hosted a Movie Music Concert in PNW’s Y Jean Chambers Hall. The event program included “Themes from Harry Potter,” composed by John Williams; “Always With Me” from Spirited Away, composed by Youmi Kimura; “John Williams Trilogy,” which included themes from Star Wars and Jurassic Park, arranged by Calvin Custer; the theme from Schindler’s List, composed by John Williams and performed by soloist Kathleen Aton; and finally, “The Magic World of Pixar,” featuring several popular themes from Disney movies, arranged by Robert Longfield.
The club’s membership includes four Honors College musicians, all of whom played at Friday’s concert.
Sophomore Yamani Woody, the club’s founder and president, has been playing violin for 11 years. Her favorite piece from that evening was “Always With Me,” because she finds it peaceful.
Kathleen Aton, sophomore nursing student, has been playing violin for eight years and has two favorite pieces. While “The Magic World of Pixar” makes her feel nostalgic for her childhood, she particularly enjoyed the song she played for her solo performance, the theme of Schindler’s List.
Junior computer information technology major Kyle Cole has been playing violin for seven years, but performed cello at the Movie Music Concert, which he has been playing nearly three years. His favorite piece to play is “John Williams Trilogy,” his reason being that he enjoys “a healthy challenge.” His favorite piece to hear was the Schindler’s List theme because “Kat did a good job.”
Finally, Sang Kang, senior civil engineering major, used to play instruments when he was younger, and has now been playing violin for only six months. His favorite piece was “The Magic World of Pixar,” because he believes it was well-suited for his skill level.
Yamani and other members are proud of the club’s accomplishments thus far. Their goal is to see the club grow and become permanent at PNW. Eventually, they are hoping to add wind instruments so as to have a symphony club. Invisible Strings practices every Friday from noon to 3 p.m., and prefers that those wanting to join be able to read sheet music and play either a string instrument, piano, or drums. Check out the club’s Facebook page for more information.
Watch Invisible Strings’s Movie Music Concert here!
Video contributed by Kathleen Aton
Conducted by Nora Frisk