The Unveiling of New Talent at the Krannert Center

Banner at Krannert celebrating its 50 year anniversary

Today’s performance was another example of how being in FAA 110 has expanded my mind creatively. This show was not something that I would have attended on my own. Everything centered around one musician playing a small array of instruments. I think it was different from what I am used to listening to seeing that I do not usually listen to instrumentation on its own. I think my favorite part was the ending of the first half. He played very short and very different pieces for the audience. All of them were different in some way, whether it be speed, loudness or the overall feeling it evoked in the audience. While I do not think seeing this performance has influenced me to go and expand my music catalog to include more instrumental music, I did fairly enjoy it.  The new artist featured was also the same person who played for the last performance I attended. The two music styles featured were very different.

Break-out Artist

Written By: Quintionna Parks

Cool, talented, and fresh new artist.

This performance was way more simple than the other performances we’ve been to. However, it was pretty relaxing because it was just the one artist and then the piano playing. The setup was different because it was a group of people sitting on stage surrounding the smaller stage where the artist was performing. It was also interesting because everyone else had to sit on the balcony, so when you looked down there was no one in the seats below. The music wasn’t extraordinary, but it was nice. I fell like I’ve seen him in the last performance I went to, which is cool (above is a photo of him from the other performance). Overall it was different and refreshing.

A treat by virtuoso Wilson Poffenberger

UIUC’s own Poffenberger performed saxophone showpieces as the winner of this year’s music school competition.
By Janarth Dheenadhayalan

The program for the performance
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Come Home to Krannert Center

This week we went to Krannert Center for Come Home to Krannert Center 50th Anniversary weekend. This is a small-size debut artist performance event for people supporting Krannert Center in the past 50 years.

Rui Liu

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Happy 50th Krannert!

Saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger’s Krannert Debut, along with Pianist Casey Gene Dierlam

Written by: Leah Siegel

This week we had the privilege of attending an event honoring Krannert’s 50th birthday. This was a special performance because it was Wilson Poffenberger’s, a Doctor of Musical Arts student at the University of Illinois, debut.

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Merry Celebratory at Krannert

by Alia Muhammad Radzi

Ticket to the Performance

The 50th Anniversary Krannert Center Performing Arts Celebration was done with tranquil and serene music. This event was led by Wilson Poffenberger, a student from the school of music who was selected based on his skills during recital auditions. I don’t think I have ever seen a performance where at the center of it was a saxophone player.

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Celebrating Debuting Musicians

Written by Lesly Marroquin

On Sunday, Krannert Performing Art Center had an event as part of their
50th-Anniversary Celebration. This event debuted a student from the school of Music student, Wilson Poffenberger. He was selected for this recital performance through an audition. All the pieces were accompanied by pianist Casey Gene Dierlam.

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Saxophonist: Wilson Poffenberger

By: Jeffery Berry

The Lead act of Today’s Performance

Today’s performance was very soothing and peaceful. It was a good way to celebrate Krannert’s 50th anniversary. It was amazing to see and listen to the piano and saxophonist play together. The dynamics and pace of the songs were composed with great difficulty, but the preparedness of these performers made it seem extremely easy.

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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble

The dancers rearranging the space with objects added a whole new dimension to the piece. It brought it up a level from just song and dance and I thought that was an interesting way to draw the audience in and keep them in.

The expectations for the dance were so different from what we got. Even down the outfits it was different. They took something that is considered “boring” and put a non-normative twist on it that made me think back to our conversation in class about our interpretation of music and keeping classical music alive. This performance showed that not everything has to stay the same and proved that changing things up is beneficial and interesting. Keeping things modern can keep classical music alive.

The props were so interesting to me. I felt like they were symbolic but I am not very creative so I spent a lot of time trying to come up with ideas for what they could mean. A color palette is always something I pay attention to because I know it is always symbolic or purposeful and it takes a lot of time to create which many people do not think about. I thought the color palette was so captivating because the musicians wore such neutral colors while the dancers wore bright colors and I think that was also a reflection of their performances. The color palette was very clean and thorough and was pointed out many times during the show.

playbill and ticket

I loved when the musicians put down their instruments and danced. I thought it was so cool that they were included in the performance. I feel like typically playing and instrument you avoid dancing like that so I was surprised but impressed. I also thought it was nice of the choreographer to include them because I feel like it gives insight to the relationship between the choreographer, dancers, and musicians.

I feel like the performance was very playful and a little comical. The dancers really took their dancing to a new level with the acting they did. The audience was laughing so many times throughout the show and this was intentional. The choreographer made it playful by keeping the audience engaged and making sure they were laughing during.