On November 12, 2016 I attended a concert brought to you by the Chamber Musical Festival. The performers for this concert were; Vaneza Tallman, Peter Jalbert, Andrew Boyle, Christine Wang, Daniel Aizenshtadt, Kyunggok Kim, Nathalie Gaynor, Francesca Fetten, Rachel Halverson, Danbe Lee, Yu Ching Shelley Ng, Michael Brown, Abigail Tucker, Sebastian Stefanovic, Benjamin Lanners and last but not least Artem Kuznetsov. The instruments played tonight were the; Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello and clarinet. This concert review will be the last one I will be doing this semester and quite frankly I was very sad. That being said my mind was set to enjoy it more than ever.
My daughter and I attend the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s November Masterworks symphony conducted by Stuart Malina on November 13, 2016 at The Forum. I never attended a symphony before, so I was nervous about what we should wear and if we could find are seat. I expected the audience to be in their best clothes. The men in tuxedos with top hats on and the women in lavishing gowns with pearl necklace. My experience sure enough prove me wrong in many ways than one.
On April 11th, 2017 in the Louis Armstrong Theatre, I attended the GVSU “University Band”. This up-beat ensemble lasted about 90 minutes; the talented students of GVSU’s university band joined together to perform multiple different songs ranging from a Waltz to a Dixieland Jamboree. All of the songs that the band played for the audience were all well-known, popular songs that they all enjoyed. Having the opportunity to attend this concert has opened new musical paths for myself and has allowed me to enjoy and kindly critique something that I perhaps would have never had the chance to otherwise.
Exposition IV: An Appalachian Spring, is a performance of various musicians within Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts. The event took place at Moss Arts Center in the Anne and Ellen Fife theater, with musicians stationed on stage and on the side balconies. A different instrument section played each segment of the performance, including: horn ensemble, string ensemble, bassoonists, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, the Linux Laptop Orchestra, Kinect sensor and computer, and male and female choirs. This exposition was held in order to benefit the performing arts scholarship program at Virginia Tech, but it seemed that the performance had the goal of showing off the individual ensemble’s talents, and, in the end, combining those talents.
The University of Texas at Austin Jazz Combos Recital occurred on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Recital Studio in the MRH Building. There were two bands that performed, Konrad Plays Klarinet and The Gin and Pentatonics. Konrad Plays Klarinet instrumentation was made up of a clarinetist, guitarist, alto saxophonist, two trombone players, a trumpet player, two pianists that alternated between songs, bass players and a drummer. The Gin and Pentatonics instrumentation was made up of a trumpet player, flugel horn player, tenor saxophonist, trombone player, guitarist, two pianists that alternated between songs, bass player, and a drummer. Before this recital, I had never heard a keytar before, a keytar is electronic keyboard that is similar to a
I decided to attend the Symphony on the Prairie on July24, 2015. I haven’t been to a Symphony Orchestra since I was very young and I was unable to attend the Symphony last Friday or Saturday. My fellow classmates invited me to the concert on July 24, 2015. I wanted to view a concert so I agreed to attend the Symphony with them. I also like Harry Potter and Star Wars; and they played pieces from both movies in the Symphony concert. Unfortunately there wasn’t any vocal throughout the concert but there were many instruments. These instruments include the entire string family (violin, viola, cello, and contrabass), the woodwind family (flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon), the brass family (English horn, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, and tuba), and the percussion family (timpani, harp, and keyboard)
This review is about the Studio Big Band and their performance in the Casa Loma Room at the University of Redlands on Thursday, February 23rd at eight in the evening, under the direction of Prof. David Scott. The concert was made up of the following tunes: “High Maintenance” by Gordon Goodwin, “Four” by Miles Davis (arr. Dave Bardhun), “Nica’s Dream” by Horace Silver (arr. Frank Mantooth), “Witchcraft” by Cy Coleman (arr. Sammy Nestico), “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter (arr. Mat Harris), “Category 4” by Jeff Jarvis, and “Giant Steps” by John Coltrane (arr. Mark Taylor). The music on this program was very relevant for the eras we are covering or will be covering soon in the class, and to this end, the piece I will be focusing on
Overall I actually enjoyed the piece more than I thought I would. It had a nice tempo that allowed listeners to be engaged and even when the volume dropped the violins played a softer texture as if they were inviting you to listen closer and pay more attention. Generally, the theme was also joyful which I took notice of and enjoyed. Lastly, I didn’t notice any musical mistakes, and thought the piece was well played.
My favorite part of the concert was the second part. The group played a song called “Body and Soul.” The guitarist played slowly before the others joined. They created a relaxed atmosphere with an old-school effect. All the notes were legato except the melodies of the drum which was staccato. The combination added character to the piece and made it entertaining. At 19:00, the pianist played briskly but beautifully, then the guitarist did the same. The notes became high pitched and the tempo and dynamics increased. After the guitar stopped, everything went into decrescendo and the melodies from the bass and drums became choppy (staccato). Overall the piece surrounded the theme of dependence and how it affects one’s happiness or strength. The piano and the guitar brought the happy aspect to the piece and without it, everything weakened and became uncoordinated. Initially it celebrated peace,
The Dallas Brass is a brass ensemble that performed on September 24th, 2016 at Hart Middle School Auditorium. The members of this group are Luis Araya and Terry Sawchuk who play the (various) trumpets, Juan Berrios who plays the horn, alto horn, and the Flugelhorn, Paul Carlson and Ryan Christianson who play the tuba and trombone respectively, and Andres Crovetti who is the percussion section. Michael Levine is the created the group back in 1983 and was their trombone player before Ryan joined.
The date was December 8th, 2017, I had the pleasure of seeing the Saddleback College Jazz Combos perform at the McKinney Theater. The theater is quite large holding about 100~200 seats but seemed to offer a good acoustic balance for the combos that played. Also, one can tell that it was the holiday season by just entering the theater. It was festive as it was decorated with christmas trees with christmas lights and the front was filled with light up flower vases. Furthermore, this concert is a cumulation of different jazz students put into small groups and perform in front of an audience. This concert also showcases their efforts as a group as well as differences in skill level amongst the combos.
On Sunday, May10 2015, a concert was held in The Broad Stage. The concert was played by Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra, whose conductor is Dr. James Martin. For this concert, I would identify myself as a referential listener at this concert. I say this because I am not an expert in music, therefore it would be hard for me to be a critical listener. I wouldn’t be able to tell what went wrong with a performance even if some incorrect notes were played. I was more of a referential listener because the music was soothing and brought my mind to peaceful thoughts. This essay will tells my experience of the concert in order to persuade my friend to attend a classical music concert with you in the future.
The UIC Vocal Jazz Ensemble started the performance first. The ensemble consisted of thirteen members, and they opened the performance with a Christmas carol. There were three males and four female soloists who were scat singing. The ending of the song was very cool when the male soloist said, “Better watch out now”. The song was very interesting and created a delightful atmosphere to start the performance along with the Christmas spirit. The second song that the ensemble performed was called “In the Mellow Tone” by Duke Ellington. They also took turn to sing solo and scat singing. The male singers also sung a little part without instrumental towards the end of the song. The next performance was a duet of the “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H. E. R.. The R&B song sounded very
For the first concert, I went to the composer workshop with the nashville symphony. This was my first time going to an actual performance with a full symphonic orchestra.
I went to Palmetto Middle Schools band concert. It was conducted and directed by Avery Davis. There were around 50 students that performed. It was held luxurious Palmetto Middle School auditorium. They played: Rough Riders by Karl L. King, Afton Variations by Carl Strommen, and Blue Ridge by Brian Balamages. Before I went to the concert I did not expect much, but then I completely was blown away. I enjoyed the whole concert but, I loved Afton Variations the most. I know this song pretty well, and I know that it requires a lot of “woodwind power”, which they had.