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Reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet

Written by Zeying Lang

Poster retrieved from https://www.rsc.org.uk/romeo-and-juliet/

What if the person your love is from the family that you are supposed to hate. What if the love of you is forbidden and strongly against by all your families. Would the love be as passionate and pure, or would you call it the doomed faith for love and leave…

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Farewell to A Class I’ll Never Forget

Last post of FAA 110

Written by Zhengqi Xu

FAA 110 has been one of the most fantastic classes of my college life and I can say it safely that I shall never forget this class. Professor Collins and Professor Robinson have always been enthusiastic about us and anything that happened in class. For a student who was originally not into art, after all, this class helped me start learning and appreciating any forms of artwork. Overall, I have been enjoyed this class a lot, and I can’t help but feel sad about the end of the semester that I have to say goodbye to FAA 110. Also, I would recommend any students at the University of Illinois to take FAA 110 and this class does not require any prerequisite but it gives people a direct understanding of what art is. Thinking about the fact that I could be no longer linked to FAA 110 anymore after this blog, all the memories about this class popped up in my mind over and over again. Thank FAA 110 for a wonderful experience.

Buddy Guy

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The start of the show

Buddy Guy was the first-ever event from FAA 110 that I watched. I liked the way Buddy Guys made Jazz music a more modern way for us all, which could be a better way for students and young adults to accept.

Chris Botti

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Ticket of the Chris Botti show

Chris Botti was bringing Jazz back to a traditional style after I watched Buddy Guy a week before the show. It was an enjoyment for me and Chris Botti was active during the show. He kept interacting with the audience and made the mood light inside the theatre.

Home

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The end of Home when all the characters came back and thanked us

Home was a show that opened my mind. I’ve never seen a show that invited plenty of audience onto the stage to perform. All the actors successfully handled the relationship with the audience and made it my favorite show ever.

Jennifer Monson’s Dance Workshop

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Jennifer Monson explaining the event

The dance workshop was more of an event that we can all participate. Jennifer talked to be for half an hour about how to appreciate artwork from all kinds of different to learn the diversified characteristics of the author’s ideas.

Wynton Marsalis

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The audience waiting for the show to start

Wynton Marsalis was another Jazz show that I watched this semester. I remember that he introduced all the band members to us which made me felt warm.

Tiger

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The little poster of the show Tiger

Tiger was a completely different kind of performance from any other shows that I watched. The speaker was trying to speak directly to us about the relationship between humans and nature through the media, tiger.

Illinois Modern Ensemble

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Playlist of Illinois Modern Ensemble

Illinois Modern Ensemble was an event that made me feel scared. I’m sorry that I have to describe the event this way, but I only felt like leaving the show when the band started playing. However, after I read the songs, I realized that the songs the band was playing were related to the wars theme, which made me understand the event was meant to imply the cruelness of wars.

Annual Carol Concert

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Students playing pre-event songs

The annual carol concert was the first time for me to experience the true tradition of Christmas. It was lovely to sing all the Christmas songs with the other audience.

Campus and University Band

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The band preparing for the show

The Campus and University Band was a show that made me feel proud to be a student at the University of Illinois. Although there were not plenty of people there to watch them perform, the music could be comparable to the world-class band from my perspective.

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye…

Written By: Quintionna Parks

Farewell to FAA 110

FAA 110 has led me to some great performances. I was able to broaden my knowledge as well as my creativity in only one semester. I was given opportunities that aren’t easy to find on this campus. Every trip to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts was FREE, as well as entertaining. You can’t get that just anywhere. This class gave me the opportunity to see such a wide range of performances as well as artists. Everything that I experienced this semester will be remembered far beyond college. I may not have loved every single thing that we went to see; however, everything was a new and different experience that I will remember.

Overall, this semester has been pretty amazing. I loved being able to attend these events and experience some new things on campus. This was definitely a wind down type of class where you could just enjoy being in the space. I’ll miss FAA 110 and everyone in it.

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My New Experiences with the Arts

Written by Bill Xun

I had an awesome experience with FAA110 this semester. I had previously only seen one show at Krannert before, and it was a symphony orchestra. Though this class, I found out and got to experience so many different types of the arts, from puppets to quartets to different art exhibits across campus. I went to nine events in total:

Krannert’s 50th Anniversary!! 

Photo by Bill Xun

Breaking Limbs at the Krannert Art Museum

Photo by Bill Xun

Marcus Tardelli: Master Guitarist

Photo by Bill Xun

Describing A City With Art

Taken by Bill Xun

Comedy at the Krannert Center

Taken by Bill Xun

A Night at the Opera — La Bohème

Taken by Bill Xun

Emotions through Strings

Taken by Bill Xun

A Fully Immersive Puppet Show

Taken by Bill Xun

An Afternoon of Strings

This semester definitely opened my eyes to new types of art that I’ve never even thought about seeing before. I found out so many cool types of events that I’d never thought I would enjoy, like puppets, and even some performance art. I will definitely be on the lookout for new events on campus and off campus in the future. There are already lots of events at the Krannert Center that I  am for sure going to next semester. I loved the discussions we had in class, about some background info on the performance we were going to see, or talking about our opinions and hearing everyone’s unique thoughts and creative thinking. Thanks to Dr. Collins and Dr. Robinson for an amazing semester and guiding the class towards a huge variety of different arts.