A passerby to the Wieting on Sunday, May 18, will no doubt, have no trouble hearing the University of Iowa's PanAmerican Steel Band; however, they would not be able to see the visual spectacle that goes along with this performance. The Wieting Theatre and Opera House is pleased, proud, excited to host the third event of its inaugural fine arts series.
According to the online Merriam Webster Dictionary a steel drum is the following: Steel Drum-
noun: a metal drum shaped like a bowl or barrel that makes different sounds when it is hit at different places; a musical instrument originally developed in Trinidad that is played by hammering raised and tuned portions of the bottom of an oil drum.
The University of Iowa's Art Share Website has this to say, in part, about the PanAmerican Steel Band: "Theever-popular PanAmerican Steel Band features fun and interesting music from the Caribbean performed on steel pans from Trinidad and Tobago. This "musical art form grew out of the oppression of European slavery."
Doors will open at 1:20 p.m. for season ticket holders and at 1:30 p.m. for the general public. Ticket prices at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students.
A reminder that the final performance of this year's fine arts series, featuring pianist Dr. Alan Huckleberry from the University of Iowa, will be Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m.