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UMW to Hold Homecoming Concert Outdoors
The University of Mary Washington will once again host their homecoming entertainment outdoors after noise complaints from 2010′s concert forced the next year’s show inside and prompted an apology from the president.
This year’s homecoming act David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s, who do performance art, will create large-scale paintings live on stage through music and dance.
According to Garibaldi’s website, “as a performance painter, Garibaldi creates images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music to an amazed audience.”
Jenna Randall, vice-president of UMW’s Giant Productions, the organization that provides entertainment for the campus, said, “We chose David Garibaldi over a more traditional act because we thought the performance he puts on would really appeal to the UMW community.”
Giant Productions has received complaints in the past about students not liking the acts offered.
“This is something completely different,” she said.
The show will take place at 8 p.m. at Ball Circle.
UMW’s last outdoor homecoming concert was in 2010 when rapper Wale performed at the Battlefield Athletic Complex. President Rick Hurley apologized to the community after three college heights residents complained about the noise and “extreme profanity.”
“I am sorry that a high-spirited weekend on campus ended on such a negative note for some of our closest neighbors who were offended by both the volume and the content of the music,” Hurley wrote in a letter to the editor of The Free Lance-Star.
In 2011 the homecoming concert was moved inside of the newly finished Anderson Center. Band Taking Back Sunday played indoors because of noise.
Joe Mollo, director of student activities and engagement at UMW, said he does not anticipate any problem with noise at Friday’s concert.
“We really haven’t had many [noise complaints] this year,” he said. “And with the nature of the show pairing art and music I don’t anticipate any problems.”
Mollo said the show will last 45 minutes to one hour and should be over by 9 p.m.
Garibaldi’s show which has components of lights and haze on the stage would not be compatible with the fire system inside of the Anderson Center, said Mollo.
There will be no fireworks display at this year’s homecoming show. Mollo said the fireworks were poorly attended last year and student leaders felt the money spent on them could be better used elsewhere.
Other homecoming weekend activities include alumni events, department open-houses and sporting events in rugby, soccer, field hockey and volleyball.
Find the entire calendar of event for UMW’s homecoming weekend at: http://alumni.umw.edu/homecoming/schedule/