The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performed, Celebration and Remembrance. The orchestra opened with Fanfare for the Common Man. Which was conducted by Mr. Smith. It was a great way to start off a World War II and Civil War Memorial concert. It was the opening piece and the orchestra was full of energy, and came out loud and with the bang. It brought a sense of suspense, with the opening bass drum so loud and firm, the audience jumped a little in their seats. You could envision war while listening to this piece, the stage was the battle field, the left side of the orchestra was the Axis Power, the right side was the Allies and the bass drum were the drummer boy. Fanfare for the Common Man was well put together, the orchestra sounded good even
Leontyne Price’s voice, in her portrayal of “Summertime”, is stunning and vibrant. The dynamics of her voice are rich, powerful and controlled. Her modulation techniques were carefully smooth yet firmly expressed during transitions. Furthermore, her ability to modify her vocal ranges between a mezzo and a soprano were effortlessly
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Bill T. Jones’s Still/Here is about the human feelings and they are expressed through high formal structures. I think this choreography is abstract and it focuses on the gestures that Jones’s is dancing to. One of the examples is when one of the dancers strikes up and uses a “game-playing” technique in the workshops. When the singer Odeta is heard on the tape she filters some selective texts from the workshop that the composer Frazelle has set into the art songs with a “spiritual” feeling. For most of classical dance lovers these songs have their own beauty and they can feel the movements and feeling about these dancers something I can not feel because I do not like these type of songs/dance but I can say that it gave me some type of idea about what was going on thanks to Jones’s when he was asking them what they were feeling even thought there was no music just movements but I was able to recognize some feelings. The “Still” section features stillness and relates to reactions to a diagnosis of serious illness they have and the “Here” is about living with the prospect of death revving into a sense of reality, with hope.
On November 15, 205 at 2pm I was able to see the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. I was very interested in this show, because I have never been able to see a group of only percussionists perform in the same space. The first piece they did was called Ionisation, which was written in 1929. There were thirteen musicians on stage playing various instruments. This song began with a rolling unpitched sound coming from four snare drums with the claves. This idea was an interesting start, because it caught the audience’s attention to really listen to what was going to happen next. Then the song, went into a lighter more atmospheric section, where there were many crescendos and decrescendos. The instruments in the piece included the chimes, maracas, timpani,
Roger’s and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is arguably one of the most well known films that many can admit to watching at least once in their lifetime. People all around the world have found this musical inspiring, as it documents growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. This incredibly well written film is based on the story of the Von Trapp family who escaped Austria when the Nazis invaded it during the war. Part of what made this movie so interesting on so many different accounts was the music that accompanied the vivid and exciting scenes. Without music, many could agree that our world would be a sad, quiet, dull and depressing place. In John Harrington Edward’s book God and Music, he states, “In simplest definition,
The above described change in the narrative approach allows the filmic narrative agent to develop characters who are perceived as secondary in King 's novella. For example, Brooks Halten, the librarian whose place Andy takes over. Brooks is mentioned briefly in the book and his story represents the theme of institutionalism. Red believes that Brooks will be able to survive in the outside world: ' 'In prison, Brooks had been a person of some importance. He was the head librarian, an educated man. If he went to the Kittery library and asked for a job, they wouldn 't give him a library card. ' ' (154/1822) The death of Brooks ' bird that is found in the prison yard is a metaphor of Brooks ' end due to his institutional syndrome after spending almost
The concert I attended, with my sister and friend, was held at FAU’s beautifully quaint University Theater. The room was only half full with student, professors, and various other adults. The Fifth House Ensemble performed three different “acts”. The first was a few different comedic opera songs about “Employees Wash Hands”, “Cascading Water”, and “Lipstick”. These songs were comicial with a refreshing twist. Megan Ihnen was the solo singer throughout the pieces. The second act was a concerto featuring three soloists. A Pianist, Cello player, and flutist. before they began the cellist introduced herself and told a little about the song. As she told us about the songs, she related it to her eighteen-month year old son, who is curiously learning
This piece was unique from the others in that it was comical and playful. It was refreshing break from the slow Gregorian chants and darker themed music. In fact, it had much of the audience laughing. This piece got its liveliness and personality from the choirs dancing and use of props.
On a Friday night, something came “Straight Outta Philly” into State College and I’m not talking about Cheesesteak or Rocky Balboa. I’m talking about a performance. Presented in Eisenhower theater, Straight Outta Philly (a hip-hop/dance performance) showcases social and political issues through dance. Sadly, it doesn’t communicate Its intentions thoroughly. The performance lacks in many areas including but not limited to music choice, diversity, and modernism.
Throughout the piece there were a few notable comments regarding Juan’s singing voice as follows his vibrato is constant and in some cases held for a long time, he is voice is full of expression, and his resonance is absolutely amazing. The vibrato he uses throughout the piece is a little bit excessive; however, there were some words that were held for a long time at a very high pitch that was impressive. I perceived the orchestra and Juan to work together expressively; because, his vocals and the orchestra were interweaving to produce the story of the opera. Lastly, Juan was particular about the notes he belted out through in terms of dynamics. Despite the dynamics of the piece, you could determine which notes he was placing emphasis
The ease with which the Sopranos sang, greatly contributed to this contrast as well, and established the idea that even in the darkest moments of a person’s life, beauty can be found, if they chose to discover it. This particular piece also contained seamless transitions between parts of both the song and of the choir, along with the use of voiced consonants and the beautiful choice
In the first video the composer Hector Berlioz is mentioned as well as his Symphony Fantastique. The symphony was inspired on the legend of Faust; it tells the story of a man that sold his soul to the devil in return for both knowledge and earthly pleasure. At the 7:00 mark “La traviata” is mentioned, which was an opera that talked about a love affair climaxing in a tragic death. The composer of this piece was Giuseppe Verdi, but it was not the only opera he composed, in fact they were 28 operas starting with Nabucco (1842) and ending up with Falstaff (1893) a half a century later. Franz Liszt is a composer and piano master discussed at 12:15. There are 6 innovations
Prior to this, I have never attended a classical concert. I actually had no clue as to what to expect because I could not find a review for UH concerts. The Jazz Orchestra performed in the Moores Opera House on a stage setting similar to that of my middle school band. The band instruments were tiered on the risers while the other performers were simply beside the risers. There were a few noticeable differences such as, the microphones set in the center for soloists, and a marker hanging from above to mark the center of the stage.
Music exists in every known cultural group of the world and it is likely to have existed among the ancient ancestral communities. Music may have started in Africa, having existed for at least 55,000 years before evolving into an essential constituent of human life. Different people have different perspectives towards music. For instance, some may take music as jazz set, an orchestral symphony, an electronic beat or even a simple thing as the chirping of birds. Music has both positive and negative effect on humans and it depends on how it is applied. There are several theories that regard where and when the music originated. The historiographers pointed out that there are different periods of music with each period having its own characteristics, its composers, its instruments, its rhythm and significance to the existing music today. The first three periods; Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque are expounded in this essay. The periods span through different times albeit some overlapped one another. The essay also focuses on the common factor that triggered the existence of the music periods and its impacts on each period.