Where Does the Music Go?

By Annabelle Emuze

The first half of the set invoked intense feelings of nostalgia in me. There were times that I would close my eyes and I would imagine myself watching a movie from years ago or so…

Before the music began.

A few nights ago I got the opportunity to experience my first live symphony when the San Francisco Symphony performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The type of music they were creating on the stage in front of me is the same type of music that is typically played in movies during either suspenseful, scary, sad, or happy moments. I think that symphony music is meant to invoke emotion – and that’s exactly what it did for me.

The ceiling architecture of Foellinger Great Hall.

I definitely found myself more engaged with the slower sections. I believe this was because the more upbeat sections were typically louder and I found it difficult for myself to be able to enjoy music with that much volume at once. I very much enjoyed Alexander Kerr’s solo sections. I was actually able to recognize the music played at the end of his set.

What visually drew my attention the most was the movement. There were parts of the performance where each person on the stage made the same exact movement at the same exact time which gave the stage an art like look. It was very exciting to watch that movement all at once – especially since they were all dressed in the same colors, their violins were the same colors, so altogether it was a very beautiful art-like experience.

The performers practicing.

Overall, I think to answer the question of where the music goes …it goes with us. And it’s up to us to take it where it lands next. Whether the music inspires us to create, inspires or moods to be lifted, or even to simply share a smile with a friend – the music lands wherever we do.

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