Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Last night I played in and attended the Christmas Vespers Service here at Rollins. It was the first of 3 nights of performances and it went very well. It was truly a magical service with outstanding, wonderful music. All of the conductors, musicians, and vocalists alike were aptly prepared and made the service flow very smoothly.
I myself had a very nice time playing the organ on a few pieces and enjoying all of the others when I wasn’t playing. It was very rewarding to see the final product of all the music department’s work over the course of the last semester.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Another concert that I went to this semester was Avicii. Having never heard anything from the name I did not know what to expect with going, this concert was in downtown Orlando. Going to the concert was an experience that I will not forget while down here in Florida. The types of songs that were play were like Bassnectar with all of the techno music. I thought that the effects that were going on were very different than what I have seen so far at a concert. Also I did not really recognize many people from Rollins at it but I still had a great time!
A few weeks before thanksgiving I went to the Bassnectar concert that was held in Universal Park concert area. I knew that I bought tickets prior to going but completely forgot that I had a ticket until that day. Going to the concert was a very interesting experience because of the type of music it was. I am not that into the techno music, but I did have a good time while I was there. The lights that were going on all around we not as exciting as the ones at the Kanye and Jay-Z concert I went to. It was neat to see all the different people that showed up and what they were wearing. Overall I had a good time with my friends!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Last week I attended and performed in the Chamber Music Concert. The concert was made up of students in small chamber groups from the music department.
The concert began with piano duo work by Debussy. It was a very challenging work but the players were well prepared and did not struggle with it. It proved to be an exciting and engaging way to start the concert.
Following the Debussy was a movement of music by Franck. This piece was also quite complex and difficult. The work was for violin and piano and both players had a lot of energy and good sound.
A Bach trio came next. This piece for violin, oboe, and piano was longest of the concert. The trio played the complete sonata by Bach as opposed to just a movement. Their work on this piece was outstanding. Stylistically, they nailed it.
After this, another movement of the Franck violin piece was played. This one was much more exciting and I enjoyed it very much.
The next piece on the recital was a trio by Faure. This was one of my favorite pieces in the concert, and it’s not because I played in it. Faure’s trio is a beautiful work for piano, violin, and cello. Our trio did a very nice job playing it that evening and we were all very pleased with ourselves.
Some Schubert and Mozart followed and both were excellent. Then came the final piece of the concert: A trio by Mendelssohn. This work was by far the most enjoyable for me to listen to. I think the audience felt the same way too. It was very exciting, very intense, and most importantly, very well played. The pianist was flawless in his part and the string players were very good too.
Overall, it was an excellent concert that I was glad to attend and be a part of.