[MAKEUP EVENT] Piecing Together the Stories

Written by Nicole Miao

People seem especially willing to enjoy orchestra performances—when I walked into KCPA, I found that it was as crowded as the last time I attended the performance of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while tonight the main character would be St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Its performance was very unique—the works were so narrative. I’m sure that even if you are not so familiar with classical music, you cannot help but keep enjoying after hearing the first note and will never feel bored.

Before the Performance

Basically only the string group played when the first work started. It repeated the process from the first violin, the second violin to the viola in turn. I could feel that the melody was flowing, undulating like waves of the sea, but the atmosphere was a little tense—not pleasant or gentle but rather tricky. The string group has shown this kind of weird and unpredictable tension to the fullest. This triggered my childhood memories of watching cartoons. The princess was trapped in the castle by the wizard, and the knight went to rescue her while the background music became weird, leaving me in panic. After entering the theme, the melody was not static, just like the knight fighting the wizard.

The Program of the Performance

If the first work reminded me of a part of a fairy tale, then the second work told me a complete story—there were so many plot twists and turns that were enough to direct a two-hour movie. In the first movement, the romantic atmosphere at the beginning made me feel as if I had come to a French rural town and witnessed the wedding of an aristocratic lady and a count. However, with the addition of percussion instruments, the scene in my mind changed. A war broke out and the count was called to the front. The newly-married countess suffered in pain every day and then fled the town to escape the enemy army. In the second movement, the melody suddenly became very upset, just like the countess got the false news that the count had died so she wailed. Fortunately, in the second half, the piano played cheerful again, sounded like the count returned to the town to reunite with the countess.

The Curtain Call

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performed a total of three pieces of works. This may be by far the most impressive orchestra performance because I had some really good memories and infinite inspiration.

If you want to learn more about St. Louis Symphony Orchestra visit this website: https://www.slso.org/

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