This is a homecoming performance. As the music plays, memories flowing by. Born in Champaign, Illinois, the outstanding artist Somi is the first generation of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Tonight, at her home town, with the fantastic jazz band, she tells her stories in her music about growing up as a descendant with African heritage.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, one of today’s most exciting and famous orchestras, performed on November 17th. St Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country. This year is their 140th year for performance. Fortunately, I went to one of their events in its 140th year.
Before I went to the Carol Concert, I had now idea it was meant to celebrate Christmas and the band were praising the birthday Jesus the whole time. I do celebrate Christmas, but I’ve never done it the correct way, because it was hard for me, an international student to fully experience the tradition of Christmas. The Carol Concert this afternoon gave me a new feeling about Christmas and finally I felt a sense of real Christmas as a holiday.
As I mentioned in the introduction, during the Annual Carol Meeting, I heard the band sing the songs to praise the greatness of Jesus Christ. I was surprised at the first moment to learn the true meaning of the Carol Concert. Plenty of students came to stand around the audience and started singing the first song, and I was enjoying it when they started and their voices was highly beautiful.
I noticed that the audience were sometimes asked to join the band to sing together. It was an enjoyment when everyone in the hall were singing together and it was just a scene I’ve never seen before. So, it was a pleasure to see everyone smile and we were enjoying to show together.
I could never had a chance like this to watch a concert that everyone get to enjoy themselves before. The Carol Concert was just so beautiful that I could have a better understanding of what Christmas means to people the country.
Illinois Modern Ensemble is a show that I only had little understanding of, and I was trying my best to learn the meaning of it.
The show consisted of 5 parts which featured different style of playing and some local singers. The whole melody of the first part was the frightening to be honest. I don’t know if I am the only peoson who thought in that way, but I really felt uncomfortable sitting there listening them playing music which was so scary.
However, I started to understand a little bit of what the show was about during the second part of the show. The second part was called Philosykos and it tells the story of the war. Basically, the story was about how war is cruel and thousands of corpses lie. So, I thought maybe the show was trying to be scarstic about how war play a role in people’s history.
The rest parts of the show was much the same of the first two parts. The music was frightening and made me feel nervous the whole time. But, this show was another one that I had never seen before, and I highly appreciate this opportunity.
The crowd was buzzing for Wynton Marsalis’ jazz performance.
written by:Allison Spillane
Jazz music makes me think of one thing: my late grandfather. I hear a band play and I can practically feel the wind on my face as we sit with our family out by the river. To me, jazz and big band music will always hold a fond place in my heart, and this experience outdid itself in that department. Wynton Marsalis and his ensemble members each brought so much to this performance in their own ways, creating one amazing performance. All the better to share with friends.
Jazz has always been something that I’m interested in and Chris Botti has already amazed me last time. Last week I was lucky enough to watch another show presented by Wynton Marsalis and his band, which gave me a whole new experience with Jazz music.
The show featured both ensemble playing and solo showcase. The combination of the two factors was something I had never seen during a Jazz performance. At that night, the band usually start with group playing, and musicians would go by different order to show us a solo part of several instruments. After a part was finished, Wynton Marsalis would introduce the musicians who just played solo to us to let the audience get familiar with each of them. This kind of performance really let us interact with everyone specifically in the band instead of listening to a whole group of people without knowing them in detail.
The show was completely different from the show by Chris Botti. Wynton Marsalis gave us a show that was more of a traditional Jazz performance with everyone dressed officially and present us with all kinds of things that were originally included in Jazz. Chris Botti’s show was more of a modern Jazz performance on the other hand. All of them dressed causally and I found them to be a city band in a society that fits the world today. Also, their instruments are more modern and I even saw electric guitar during the show.
The show didn’t have a specifically one moment that stood out to me, but the show itself had already surprised me with the valuable experience. I haven’t watched a traditional band performance in years and I nearly forgot how they performed. Wynton Marsalis reminded me of all the shows I had seen before when I was young and I was just missing a lot of things during the show.
On Friday October 18, 2019; Krannert Center for the performing arts held its annual University of Illinois Bands Homecoming concert. It was a beautiful concert that consisted if the Wind Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Marching Illini in honor of Homecoming week. It was a wonderful experience with beautiful live music, and a great audience.
Chris Botti blows away the crowd at the Tryon Festival Theater!
Although I was sick, and was unable to stay the entire show, Chris Botti’s performance was a spectacle to behold. My favorite part of the performance would probably be the drummer. I always have respect for people who have range within their instruments, and the quiet, subtle beats that the drummer was able to produce set against his moments of intense and creative drum solos was spectacular. Another aspect of the drummer that I liked so much was that he looked like he was genuinely having fun on stage. Between the intimidatingly stylish Botti and his beautiful and calm violinist, the drummer stood out to me as someone who was there to have a great time doing what he loves.