Pessimism ran high as I entered the Organ Recital Hall with low expectations due to my less than medium experience at the previous UCA concert I attended. On the contrary, the It Could Be Anything New Music Ensemble turned out to be a rather enjoyable experience. Directed by Dr. Wesley Ferreira and Professor Andrew Jacobson, the It Could Be Anything music ensemble featured the newer works of recent composers that embody the feeling of new music culture. The ensemble included various musicians and instruments, such as a violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, and various percussion instruments. The Four songs featured in this performance were “New Year’s Harmattan” (2004), Robin Cox’s “Choros No.
First of all, I think Andrew Bird is one of the most incredible and talented musicians of our time. He is truly a genius. In this live performance, which I always find to be raw and authentic, a genuine feeling is given to this already amazing song. You also can observe how multi-talented Andrew bird is, using only a female guitarist/vocalist as his accompaniment besides his voice and violin (which is used in unique was) to create a very strings-heavy song. At first he starts out by strumming his violin, a technique I’ve never seen done so well, with no other accompaniment but a female guitarist by his side.
When I first saw the nord as an instrument on the program, I was confused about what this was and was surprised to see it was just a type of keyboard. One of my favorite things about this band was that it included both a tenor and an alto saxophone. Although I never played the tenor, it was neat to hear these instruments played together and to identify which sound was coming from which saxophone. Again, with this performance I enjoyed the different solos from each of the five individuals. Halfway through this performance, I started to notice the repetition of both jazz bands, and how all of the songs sounded very similar to me.
This concert was very intriguing to me because I have never gone to a solo guitar concert before. Before attending, I perceived that this concert would be tedious and soporific, as I believed it would only consist of slow and unenthusiastic tunes that I do not like. After attending, however, I realized how wrong I was. The first song sounded like a typical Romantic era piece; it had a mellow timbre and was quite soothing to hear. When the soloist stated that this song is played at weddings occasionally, I was not surprised at all to hear this.
Attending my first jazz concert was an unforgettable experience of great live instrumental music. The concert was entertaining and a very educational experience of this course. As a student in this course with little musical education, I never appreciated instrumentals, until the SDSU Jazz Concert. This concert was a really enjoyable experience with the balance of all the instruments. I really enjoyed the experience and the knowledge of music I gained from the concert.
Exceptionally melodic the primary theme of the movement start with an authoritative leap of an octave in the violins. This is then followed by a sing-song like eight-note figure that features a pointed forward momentum. The rhythmic building blocks of the theme is constructed in two bar phrases which then sequences upward by step (Example 1). The accompaniment to the theme is sustained half notes played by the second violins, Violas, and Cellos The home key and the harmonic content of the exposition is also very clear in its presentation. The opening of the movement is in A major and remains primarily diatonic in its harmonic content, with only the occasional passing tone.
The clear, sweet singing melody floated out from my three quarter-sized violin as my chubby fingers flew on the fingerboard. Ending with a stunning beautiful G, thunderous applause descended. A sense of accomplishment filled me. I finally lived on the legacy of spreading the love and appreciation for classical music. Yes, Mr Menuhin passed on the legacy to my father, and now, it is up to my father to pass it on to me.