PSS: keep it popping

JENNA HASTINGS ’15 PLAYS the cello in EMPAC’s Concert Hall at last weekend’s annual RMA Pops Concert. The theme of this year’s event was “Pops Gone Wild!” (songs from the animal kingdom), featuring performances by Rensselaer’s Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble. In this two-hour concert, the student groups played a wide-ranging selection of animal-themed music, from theatrical songs of Brazilian mythical creatures, to classics by Beethoven and Stravinsky, to an arrangement of The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” closing out the night with “Chilly’s Chicken Neck Stew,” a piece written by Rensselaer’s Bob Button, director of the Symphonic Band and Contemporary Jazz Ensemble.