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(Makeup) Annual Carol Concert – A Wonderful Show

Written by Zhengqi Xu

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.

Beautiful envelope of the Annual Carol Concert 2019

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.

The pre-how before the official start of the concert

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.

The playlist of the Concert

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.

The Magic of the Music

Written by Emily Reeter

The guitar player, Marcus Tardelli, came to the city of Champaign-Urbana for the first time and performed a variety of phenomenal guitar pieces.  He was a natural talent, and played upbeat, emotional, and calming music so gracefully with his smooth fingers.  The atmosphere was different than anything I had been to before.  The guitar and the music streaming from it had the eyes and attention of every audience member.  The public was mesmerized by the notes, the performance, and the passion of the musician.  It was a giant, elegant hall filled with eager crowds, however, there was no chit chatting.  Just fascinated eyes and open ears.  It was unique and varied from music within my home because of the radiating high energy and passion.  If I were to listen music at home,  I’d most likely multitask and listen to the music, but mostly keep my focus on the activity at hand.  However, in this engaging environment the sounds were the focus.  Everyone was engulfed in the emotion and the culture of the music opposed to daily tasks and distractions. Also, in my household I tend to listen to the most popular hits or what’s trending, whereas at this event I got the opportunity to listen to a lot of different cultural music that was popular in other countries.  I enjoyed that because I wouldn’t normally be exposed to much diversity in the musical world.  It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have had access to in the comfort of my own, I’m glad I had the opportunity to take part in this performance at Krannert.

My Experience Beyond the Exhibit

We attended the Latin House Gallery this week as a class and the artwork and displays were very different than what I had imagined.

Written by Emily Reeter

Going into this class trip, I thought that I would be encompassed with Latino inspired artwork with vibrant colors, character, and years of history.  However, I was surprised to have found some engaging videos, and art pieces that played immensely on emotions.  Some of the exhibits left students feeling intrigued, while others had people feeling very uncomfortable or uncertain about how to feel.

The most controversial exhibit was Gressman’s video and photos portraying a woman dressed in drag style, operating a surgery on her own body.  The video was gruesome, and at some points disturbing with heavy, punk rock music blaring in the background.  Throughout the video, she used a drill to open her womb and cut it up revealing her intestines and inner body parts.  That instant was already enough to make my stomach turn! But, as time went on she started to eat her intestines and smile while doing so.  The class was very confused on the direction of the video and the message she was trying to get across.

However, my personal take away from the creative, but graphic video, was that the woman doing that to her body wasn’t happy with herself, and was frankly uncomfortable in her own skin.  I think she wanted to demonstrated her disgust and disapproval with the audience.  She succeeded because everyone watching felt uneasy, and uncomfortable much like she probably felt in her position in life physically and mentally.

Another thing I also found intriguing about this exhibit was that they had a section called the “touch station”.  It had the real props from the filmed performance sprawled out for people to pick up and look at.  It was neat because it brought the film more to life and it helped imagine it more as a reality since everything was right there in front of you.

Overall I really enjoyed the exhibit and thought it was stimulating compared to other art programs I had attended.  All of the art was very different and although I thought it was morbid it got my brain working and asking questions.  I enjoyed how all of the exhibits were engaging and brought up unique conversations within the class.  It made my experience way more enjoyable and enhanced my understanding of the different pieces.