Ending Wednesday Night on High Notes

Written by Lesly Marroquin

Enjoying three pieces played by the San Francisco Symphony at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.


Wednesday night, the Krannert Center hosted the San Francisco Synphony which has a rich history in making classical music accessible and enjoyable to the public. The guest violin player is Alexander Kerr who is also well known for his violin ability.

This was not my first time experiencing a symphony but I felt more prepared to condense the music and performance this time. The backgrounds of the symphony as a concept and the San Francisco Symphony given in class was a great aid in being able to process everything.

I did not just focus on the auditory aspect of the performance but also on the visual of the musicians and conductor. I have always enjoyed the movement involved with playing instruments, and I feel that the pieces played all had incredibly combined movement and sound. From the balcony seat, I appreciate the view it gave me of all the members of the symphony. The view is how I was able to notice these details.

I personally enjoyed the first piece the most, as the director/conductor Micheal Tilson Described, it’s incredibly cheerful and ends on high notes. This was due to having a long work and school day prior to this performance. I was actually concerned that anything soft and calming might influence me to sleep during the show, so I appreciated this first piece to wake me up. I also enjoyed the background of this piece, is an homage to a wonderful women/key member of the symphony.

The other pieces were lovely and Alexander Kerr’s participating was wonderful, but these pieces were not as enjoyable as the first. I think it is because the first included more sounds/musicians and also pieces of popular music.

Over all, I enjoyed this piece and the work that the San Francisco Symphony conducts. I feel that music is a gift and was very pleased to have seen them in person and be aware of their work.

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