I am not the type of person that listens to jazz or any orchestra songs and all of a sudden listening to something so odd is so soothing and gives me the feelings. Today, I had the opportunity to watch a show from two different views because we didn’t have assigned seats and share it with one of my friends.
Again, at the start of the show, we were told not to take pictures during the show. However, I was able to take a picture right before they said that.
Overall, I enjoyed the music and all the different musical instrument that were being used to create all types of beats. If I were, to sum up, the feeling in words I would describe it as the same feeling as you get when you know you did something so good that you are being awarded and you are waiting for that award.
Jazz was developed by African Americans and influenced by both European harmonic structure and African rhythms. Jazz was partially from blues, which is a music genre and used to be called Jass. Personally, saxophone would be prominent in Jazz, in which it is a principal vehicle for melodic improvisation. The reason is that saxophone has a great flexibility, blending well with both brasses and woodwinds. Also, it can use in Jazz Band brought changes in mouthpiece design to produce a brighter, more penetrating sound. UI Jazz band from the Big Band era illustrated the benefit of using saxophone as a prominent instrument on November 10th.
I am not much of a dancer and I was not interested in having a dance partner, so I was unable to participate in the festivities but I was able to watch and listen. I enjoyed myself at the museum for about an hour. It seemed like this KAM event was more for older adults within the community whether faculty or those who just lived in the area. That may have been the first time I have heard tango music outside of a movie so that increased my interest for sure.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, one of today’s most exciting and famous orchestras, performed on November 17th. St Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country. This year is their 140th year for performance. Fortunately, I went to one of their events in its 140th year.
Leaving us with fun memories and beautiful performances, the FAA 110 (fall 2019) class has ended.
When I registered for the course, I had no idea what to expect. Since I live in Allen Hall, my advisor suggested it would be useful to take a few general education courses here. I wanted to continue my hobbies as an artist. I initially thought FAA 110 was an art class, judging by the title “Exploring Arts and Creativity”, where students draw/paint pieces of art based on various prompts. Entering the classroom on the first day, I realized that this class was not drawing, and that it was much more.
While I was a bit bummed out it wasn’t drawing or painting, I had lots of fun going to see many shows and performances from talented people. I would always be checking the syllabus to see when the next events are, and would tell my friends about this class as well! While this class was much smaller relative to my other classes, I did meet new friends and make unforgettable memories throughout the semester.
Overall, I genuinely loved this class. I enjoyed listening to class discussions and attending various events with my peers and professors. I wish this class could last longer than just one semester.
For those of you reading this blog and don’t know what opera senses are, they are a collection of acts from musical operas. In this show, I had the pleasure of watching twelve students how we’re extremely talented singers and dedicated to putting on a truly spectacular show without any hiccups.
I was fortunate enough to share this experience with one of my best friends from High school. He was so enticed by the performance he agreed to watch another live performance the following day. I wish I was able to take pictures but unfortunately, a lady sitting next to us told us to put our phone away and no pictures were allowed.
I am going to try my best, to describe my favorite scene. In this sense, there were six women all wearing black and were performing various dances while trying to portray being wives of some cruel bozo who divorced three of his wife’s and “beheaded” two of his wife’s. The scene comes to an end when the sixth wife tells the audience how she escaped.
Overall the scenes were short and gave you all types of feeling from a few being funny, sad and cheerful. I truly enjoyed it and it isn’t a bad idea to watch the opera scenes with a date because it was an emotional rollercoaster.
In an environment where I started smoking, drinking and parting every day it was extremely cathartic being able to experience a flawless performance. I know everyone is entitled to there own opinion and their experience. This blog is solely going to be my experience and how the performance affected me.
There are many reasons why I enjoyed this performance. First of all, I was given a free ticket at the ticket booth and I didn’t even have to identify my self. And as we were waiting to get into the show I met Catlin who is extremely pretty and was so down to earth and I had an amazing voice.
For me personally, I really enjoyed the show emotionally and it meant a lot to me seeing the performers and the audience be so dedicated to singing the carols. Furthermore, I felt so guilty about all the promises that I had broken, all the money I spent on useless things, people that I let down and for wasting a year of my life to instant gratification. And as I was listening to “O Come, All ye faithful” I had this epiphany that was telling me to straighten out my priorities and it is never too late to change. For me, I will never forget this Carol and I will most certainly go to another one whenever I am feeling hopeless.
As ready as I am for the upcoming semester to begin, I’m going to be very sad to leave behind FAA 110. Anyone of my peers has heard me talk about this class at least eight times because I enjoyed it so much. Having a class that was more focused on making me think about the different parts that go into performance and had very little work to go with it was very good for my mental health and the first semester of my college career.