Saying goodbye to FAA 110
Written by: Leah Siegel
Summer is near, which means the semester is coming to a close and so is FAA 110. It has been a wonderful, talent-filled semester and I am sad it is over.
Our class has seen a wide range of performances. Some theatre, some dance, and some music. Some I enjoyed more than others, but all in all they were all very good.
This was the first event of the semester. The Jupiter String Quartet performed along side Tai Ji Master Chungliang Al Huang. I found the performance quite interesting. While I enjoyed the quartet, I found Master Huang and his dancers some what distracting and not in sync with the music.
The Rape of Lucretia – what a moving and phenomenal performance. When I heard the performance was an opera, I was not excited. I have been to one other opera and did not enjoy it at all. To my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the Rape of Lucretia and it is one of my favorites of the semester. I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was because I was able to follow the story and understand the performers, thanks to Krannert’s subtitle screen.
The Curious Incident was definitely my favorite event of the semester. My professor did such an amazing job directing it and the actors were great! It was a fantastic story and really showed what it is like to live with Autism.
Dorrance Dance was a fun and lively performance. Michelle Dorrance and her crew rocked the house with their contemporary tap moves. There was never a dull moment during the performance.
I am not a big fan of classical music, so this is not the type of event I would go see on my own. I am very glad that I was forced to go see things I don’t like. I was often surprised at how I ended up enjoying all the events I didn’t think I would. The San Francisco Symphony is an example of this. It was relaxing listening to the music and mesmerizing watching the string musicians simultaneously move their bows back and forth. It created a really cool image.
The play about sisterhood, forgiveness, and empowerment. I was not a huge fan of Because I Am Your Queen. This could be because I didn’t really understand the storyline, or know much about the main characters. I think had I known more about the real and fictional queen in the play, I would have enjoyed it more. However, the actresses did a wonderful job and the play was very well put together.
This was a fun event because I got to sit on stage just feet away from Wilson Poffenberger and eat some yummy spinach puff pastries (free food is always a plus in my book). Poffenberger played the saxophone and was accompanied by the piano. I was worried the piano would distract from the main attraction, but it did the opposite. It really complimented Poffenberger. I enjoyed this event a lot. It was neat because on several of the pieces, Poffenberger created his own arrangements.
The last event of the semester was probably the most fun. We got to let our hair down and dance the night away to some good Latin music. It was a great way to end the semester.
All in all, FAA 110 was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I took the class. I was exposed to different forms of arts and learned how to create a blog! Having my own blog is pretty cool and I enjoyed being able to write about the performances I saw. Thank you Dr. Bright and Dr. Collins for an amazing semester!