On December 7, the Monticello High School mixed and concert choirs presented a choral program called “An Olde Tyme Radio Choral Concert” in the high school auditorium. It was directed by Mr. Brett Kniess, and Janice Vetter was the pianist. The songs were chosen to put the audience in the holiday spirit, and in my opinion, it accomplished this goal.
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,
Like the previous performance I had attended this performance was once again conducted by the Maestro Jack Everly. The performance would be strictly the songs from the hit movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the
St Ambrose University Fall Vocal Concert included performances by the University Chorale, Chamber Singers and Bee Sharp conducted by Dr. Nathan Windt. The Fall Vocal Concert was held in the Galvin Fine Arts Center. My favorite University Chorale piece was the Stars as it was an a cappella performance by tuned wine glass players. I liked how the Chamber Singers tied the Halloween theme into their performances, as it was late October at the time. Once again the vocal concert was made up of a broad range of students with different backgrounds and educational goals.
The tempo begins at moderato then rises to allegro shortly into the piece. Soon after the change in tempo the choir begins dancing and acting out the lyrics, depicting a weather forecast. Next, the lights come on and choir members have on sunglasses, and are moving a giant sun around the stage. The tempo then slows to an adagio level, as the choir sings the last lines in a strung out fashion.
Instruments are introduced at the beginning of new sections, such as the pre-chorus and chorus. Dynamics each verse begins in mp and increases dynamically to mf at the pre-chorus; there is a slow crescendo to f during the transition from pre-chorus to chorus. Tempo the tempo of this song is moderato at approximately 116 bpm, however it feels much slower due to the emphasis being on the 2nd and 4th beats rather than on the 1st and 3rd.
I attended to a concert performed by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra on November 13th this year. This concert took place in the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. I chose to attend to this concert because I have never been to a performance by any youth orchestra, I was curious to see how their performance would compare to other orchestras.
The ambiguous sounds of the middle, give an uneasy feeling of impatient monotony, while the concluding movement is in a revelatory and joyous mood with occasional clashings of dissonance and jazzy inflections. The two Serious Little Pieces are charming miniatures: the first, a swift pointilistic whirlwind, the second, a slow waltz. Scored for wind quintet with baritone saxophone, a rustic sound is
The Lovell High School Concert Band had an amazing concert on the 30th of November. The songs included Celebration and Tribute, Sleigh Ride, Spirit of the Highlands, with a bonus of the combined band on Jinge, Jinge, Jingle. While all the songs were good, they were not spectacular. One that stands out to me is Celebration and Tribute.
The Santa Fe Evening of Jazz was a great concert featuring the Rhythm and Blues, Jazz Combo, and Big Band from Santa Fe College with special guest Professor Scott Wilson from the University of Florida Jazz Studies. This Evening of Jazz was the ninth one to be held and was superbly done; getting a ticket was quick and simple, finding a seat was as easy, and leaving was not hard. The whole performance was led by Doctor Steven Lee Bingham who also played with all the bands on the alto saxophone along with giving information about each band, song, scholarship players, and on Mr. Wilson and his unique instrument called a E.V.I.. The audience had a pleasant feel, everyone was talking and laughing before and after the performance, they also were
Concert Band Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith (March 14, 1932 – December 13, 1987) Claude T. Smith is a well known name in the wind band world. He has composed over 112 wind band works, Emperata Overture being his first and, arguably, best known work. This overture is in ABA form and features many soloists. Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) arr.
I chose to attend the ISU Jazz Combos concert on Thursday, February 18th in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. I chose to attend this particular concert because from fifth to tenth grade I played the alto saxophone, and was a part of a jazz band in middle school. Jazz band was my favorite thing about playing the saxophone, and I loved the occasional improvisation solo I would get to perform. Although I like jazz music, I never have attended a jazz concert other than my high school jazz band concerts. Attending a concert at Iowa State was new to me, but I was excited to get back into the “jazz” of things, and was overly pleased with the two different jazz bands that performed.
It also repeats a lot making the relatively short piece on paper last longer. The dynamics stay mostly the same and the tempo does not change. The Third part, Farewell, Dundee is in 6/8 time and again start with the drums and then the flutes join in. This part also repeats a lot. The main melody is by the flutes.
In the year 2012, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba made a historic visit to the United States. I opted to witness the orchestra in the town of Aiken, South Carolina. I was extremely excited to experience the reaction to the orchestra in the South America. The performance of the band was scheduled by 9 pm on Tuesday, 2ND November, at the Etherredge Center, Aiken. As I reached the center, I saw that a studio theater was prearranged as the green room for the band.
The introduction of the piece is the same as that of “The Raiders March”, but with strings playing in the background. The A melody begins with the trumpet as the strings fade out (0:07). The first minute and a half of the song is played the same as that of “The Raiders March”, though due to differing sound equalization, some parts stick out more or less than they do in the original. For example, in the third repetition of the A melody, one can more clearly hear the xylophone accompanying the melody here than in “The Raiders March”. The piece begins to differ more significantly after the break following the third repetition of the A melody when the piece modulates down a half step instead of up like in the original (1:37).