A Classic Night

A beautiful performance by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

Written by: Leah Siegel

Photo by: Leah Siegel

After a week off, I am back and refreshed and ready to finish the semester strong! This week our class went to The Krannert Center of Performing Arts to see the famous Michael Tilson Thomas and The San Francisco Symphony, and special guest, Alexander Kerr.

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) was created after a disastrous earthquake and fire in 1906 in an effort to revive the city. The first concerts were in December 1911 and since then, the orchestra has continued to perform and become one of the most successful in the world.
The New York Times

The SFS has had many prominent music directors including, Henry Hadley, Pierre Monteux, and Michael Tilson Thomas, who is the current director. Under Tilson Thomas, the SFS has won 12 Grammys, and Tilson Thomas, himself, has won several awards including the National Medal of Arts in 2010.

The symphony warming up

The performance consisted of 3 pieces: Agnegram by Tilson Thomas, Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn, and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony. Kerr performed in the second piece.

I am not a huge fan of classical music, so it was not my favorite performance that I’ve seen, but it was pretty good. The second and third pieces I felt were most typical classical pieces. The first one was very different. The melody was constantly changing. It felt like it was a bunch of different pieces put together.

I enjoyed the second piece the most. I found it most enjoyable and most memorable. It was very light and happy. Parts of the piece reminded me of a sunny spring day with birds chirping. I prefer more upbeat pieces, and this was definitely an upbeat piece.

When watching people play instruments, I can’t help but be entranced by how the musicians play their instruments. They are one with their instruments. They play with such grace and ease. It’s quite fascinating. I was constantly looking the string instruments and watching their bows go back and forth.

Another thing I was astounded by was how in-sync the musicians were. Each instrument section moved their bow at the same time. It was pretty cool to see.

If you like classical music, I definitely recommend seeing the San Fransisco Symphony!

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