Written by Lesly Marroquin
It is that time of the semester where everything is coming to its end, and as a senior in her last semester, it is truly ending.
Reflecting back on the semester, this class was a breath of fresh air and I am glad to have taken my friend’s recommendation to take this course. I had never before had taken advantage of the Krannert Center on campus, and I am incredibly pleased that I did so before graduating.
The class was a great break for me as I was taking other courses that I need for my majors and minors. While I did not attend every course due to a semester filled with many events outside of campus, I always tried to be engaged and participate. I also made sure to accommodate my schedule to make it to the shows listed on our syllabus.
Now to discuss all the events I attended, I have organized them in order of when I viewed them and will be providing a rating from 1-10.
This event was exciting since it was our first. Unfortunately, it was also during one of my busiest times of the year. I appreciate classical music, but it is never my go to unless I want to take a peaceful rest. Sadly, that almost happened during this show, and I found myself trying not to drift to sleep. I appreciated the mix of cultures though! I shall rate it 6/10.
This was one of my first operas and sadly I thought it was alright. I am not dissuaded from watching other operas, but this one did not meet my expectations. I still appreciated the performance of the actors. I shall rate it a 4/10.
I really loved this play and it is one of the performances that really impacted me emotionally and visually this semester. It tells a complicated but beautiful story. The actors and scenery were all great and made the show fantastic! It was one I was talking about for a while. I shall rate it a 10/10
I have little experience with jazz and this show completely gave me an incredible perspective on tap dance and its history. This was another favorite of mine this semester, and I was tapping my own feet for the remaining of that week. I shall rate it a 10/10 as well.
This was another classical music event, and while I was looking forward to listening to a well-known symphony, I was not crazy about this event. I appreciate having the experience, but it mainly solidified that classical is not one of my top choices. I shall rate it a 5/10.
While I already have disclosed that I do not really enjoy classical music, I really liked this interpretation of it. The dance and inclusion of the musicians made this a fun and spectacular show to watch. I had a smile on throughout most of the show! My rating for this show is 9/10.
While I have spoken on classical music a lot already, I did enjoy this performance. I think I liked having a different instrument as a focus and liked the connection of this performance with the university and the local community. This was a nice show, but not one of the best. My rating is 7/10.
Lastly, Latin Dance Night
This was not a performance, but an event that brought together multiple groups within the community to dance and enjoy the night filled with music from Latin America and Spain. It was a great event which I enjoyed, and it felt nostalgic to me. I suddenly felt as if I had gone back to a school dance. I rate this a 7/10!
Overall, this was a great semester. I learned a lot about what I enjoy and do not enjoy. Most importantly, I learned to always be open to a show. I look forward to being this active with the arts in my new home. As a senior, I am moving out of state and will start work this summer! I look forward to finding a space of the arts in which I can explore more different types of performances. I wish everyone the best and hope that Krannert keeps on being wonderful!