Written by Andrew Duran,
This past Friday my class and I went out to celebrate the 50th Anniversary for Krannert. All throughout the night I witnessed moments I truly enjoyed of passion, joy, and a general aura of togetherness that stemmed solely from our common interest of music.
The night kicked off with high energy as a band performed a sort of dance routine while simultaneously playing their individual instruments. It was a performance like no other as the crowd that surrounded them danced along and reciprocated the energy that was given.
On the left, a picture is posted that perfectly encompasses the vibe of the performance.
If you look at the man with the saxophone and the trombone player in the background, it is pretty obvious that they have love for what they’re doing.
That love and passion they possessed for their art was felt throughout the performance and made that experience all the more enjoyable.
The event possessed separate areas we were allowed to explore and in a separate section a jazz ensemble was performing. However, as amazing as the jazz performers were, it was not them that caught my attention. In the corner, a gentleman and a lady were dancing to the music that was playing with not a care in the world that they were the only ones on that floor.
This couple went on to dance for the entirety of the performance and I couldn’t help but smile along to their steps to the beat.
As the night went on, I found myself thinking how special it is to, not only be able to do what you love but, be able to witness others doing what makes their soul sing. Pictured directly below, I was able to capture a performance that had the crowd in awe. These individuals sang a song called “Freedom” and it was beautiful to be able to witness their hearts being evident in each of the words that left their mouths. With each lyric that they sang, a new part of their story was told for the crowd to hear.
When I hear music, I see unison. These words could not be more true than the time I spent celebrating the 50th anniversary with countless other students that I have never met before this day. The conversations and relationships I was able to form off music alone goes to show how truly special this art is. Despite the differences that we all share, it’s amazing to be able to be brought together off the common passion of music.