Baruch in Concert to return live at the Clivner=Field Plaza


Courtesy of Abby Anderton

Arianne Gonzalez, Arts & Culture Editor

Live music is returning to Baruch College. The Baruch in Concert series is looking for performers to perform at the Clivner=Field Plaza on May 12.

The semesterly concert series was originally held at the Engelman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Since the hall has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this semester’s iteration will be held at the Clivner=Field Plaza.

“We were just thinking of ways in which to incorporate students and make the concert a little more visible,” Professor Abby Anderton, who is one of the members of the concert committee, said to The Ticker in relation to having the concert in an outdoor space.

“We thought holding it outside would be a really good way to sort of go beyond the borders of the school and maybe make people more willing to participate if it was in an outdoor sort of informal space.”

The Baruch in Concert experience has been happening for two decades now. It was originally started by the late professor Philip Lambert of the music section of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Baruch.

In the semesters following the COVID-19 pandemic, the concert was held virtually. Plans for this semester include either a live stream of the performances or a video recording that would later be shared online.

The concert series invites a variety of student performers from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business and the Marxe School of International and Public Affairs. Students in the past have performed a variety of musical styles and genres, from Chopin piano pieces and Arias pieces to spoken word poetry and contemporary pop.

Both undergraduate and graduate students have performed and are invited to perform again in this iteration of the concert. Some performers from music clubs like Blue Notes and Lexington Music have also performed in the past.

“That’s what I love about this is that this concert, it really solicits submissions from students who are interested in everything from music, to statistics, to public health,” Anderton said to The Ticker.

Regardless of what one is studying at Baruch, whether it be business-oriented or humanities, music is “the wonderful linkage” between people.

“And if you think about, you know, often what it takes to succeed in a career in business, right, you’re able to stay calm under pressure, you can deliver something, a deliverable in front of a large group of people,” Anderton said. “Well, musicians also spend years honing a lot of those same skills. And so, I think there’s a lot more transferable skill sets between the two groups and people maybe give it credit for.”

Interested students should submit a video or MP3 of their music to by March 31.