‘Beyond the Suit’: MBA Students to Perform in Concert

1.9.2008 General, News Release, School News

Five MBA students from the Babcock Graduate School of Management will trade their business expertise for fine art when they hit the stage Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Scales Fine Arts Center on Wake Forest University’s Reynolda campus.

“Beyond the Suit: Concert and Dance Performance” is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Ring Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

Attendees can expect a night out filled with an eclectic combination of classical and bluegrass music and dance, according to Neela Rajendra, who will be performing on the violin as well as singing. Sarah Hemphill will dance to music performed by Ryan Spillane, who will be on guitar, and Matt Hughes, who will be on drums and guitar. James Russell, along with Rajendra’s sister, Tisha Rajendra, will sing.

All of the performers are members of Babcock’s full-time class of 2008, with the exception of Tisha Rajendra.

The performance is the brainchild of Neela Rajendra and Hemphill, who have studied violin and dance, respectively, since they were children. Both pursued these arts professionally after college, Rajendra said.

“We both missed our respective arts during our first year at business school and were trying to come up with a way to ensure we would maintain our skills,” she said. “Thus the idea of the concert was born. We decided we wanted to create an eclectic concert with a mix of both classical and bluegrass music, both because we enjoy these two genres, but also because we wanted to create a concert that was accessible for all types of audiences, knowing that many in our business community are not familiar with modern dance and classical music.”

For more information about the concert, contact Neela Rajendra at (910) 470-6356 or neela.rajendra@mba.wfu.edu.