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(Extra Credit) University Band Representing Us All

Written by Zhengqi Xu

As shown in the title, this show called Campus and University Band featured a band consists of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Illinois, which means this band represents all the students and it made me feel warm to watch them perform.

The beautiful ticket and the envelop

To be honest, there were not a lot of people there to watch the performance tonight, and I was surprised to find out the hall wasn’t close to full at all. After thinking through the possible reason, I suppose that students might be busy on a Sunday night, especially during the final week. Otherwise, people would love to watch a show like the University Band.

Students preparing for the show

The show turned out to be a success, and it was lovely to see a lot of students here to support their friends on the stage. One thing I noticed was that all the music played are written not long ago, which are all from the 20th and the 21th century. Although people might prefer to listen to music from a long time ago, but it was a pleasure to taste some modern music.

The playlist of the show with a nice cover

I wasn’t abe to stay for the whole show and had to leave during halftime because of a meeting. However, I enjoyed the show so much that I felt pitty the moment I left the entrance. The University band did a great job of showing that students can never be ignored and could be comparable to some of the greatest people in the world. And, I’m so proud of those students who provide us a great show tonight.

(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.

Makeup- Is Jazz dying?

Author: Basith A. Syed

The UI Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a music show organized and performed by the University of Illinois students and sponsors. All the music that was performed and sung were from the Big Band Era, jazz golden age from 1910-1940.

You are able to use e-ticket in order to get.

When was the last time you listened to a jazz song? Exactly… I was skeptical about going into the show but in the back of my head, I was thinking it would be like a musical and I would walk out with a story. In this blog, I would like to share my experience with my very first jazz show and Krannert Center. I had no issue with parking so I parked my car on the street walked in. There were multiple shows starting at 7:30 so it was hectic babies crying and toddlers running around which made me think that the show cant that bad if people from all age groups are going to watch it. But, when I got to the theater that had the jazz show I realized that there was no line and it was exceptionally quiet. So I walked up and showed the attended my e-ticket and walked in.

The audience was filled with seniors and the stage was level with the ground.

Upon entering the theater, I was greeted with a bunch of old people and a couple of students in there mid 20’s. I walked in and just sat in the back and exactly at 7:30 the host greeted us and introduced us to what songs he would play.

The performers were playing over the rainbow.

So the show started with a couple of songs with no vocals which I personally didn’t like it because the beat was outdated and then transitioned to happy songs. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the names of the songs because it was the first time listening to jazz songs from the 1940s. An hour into the show I was regretting coming to this show because that is not the type of music I listen to. But, when they started playing “sad songs” it got so emotional. It was so clear what the lyrics meant and it made me realize how most of the songs today just promote drugs, sex, and money. I was just sitting there and got this feeling you get when u realize you are missing out on something so pure that makes you question why people stopped listening to jazz. My favorite song that I listened to after the show was “Over the rainbow”. If you never been to a jazz show then I strongly recommend giving it a try.

Illinois Modern Ensemble – Sound of the War

Written by Zhengqi Xu

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.

Big crowd of people coming for the show

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.

List of the 5 parts

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.

People clapping when the show ended

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.

Nature of Forgetting

Jake Xiao

Stage

The Natural of Forgetting, a show currently in the UK and around the world, is performed in Krannert center. The Natural of Forgetting talks about the story of Tom, a father who is struggling in the early stages of dementia with many early life memories, such as schools, graduation, weddings, daughter’s birth.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Literally.

Written by: Benjamin Tan

Bringing the audience on a journey of past memories

The Nature of Forgetting is literally the best performance I have seen in my entire life. It was phenomenal. No words can describe how stupendous this performance is. But here is the best I can describe the entire performance in words.

In the beginning, the father was being reminded by the daughter to wear his purple coat with the red tie at the left side of the pocket. As the father approaches his wardrobe, his memory starts to get distorted. This was done by the amazing audio where it was distorted and was blurred by the daughter’s words.

Daughter reminding the father to wear his jacket

The father started to take many other clothes and each clothes brought a certain past memory of the father’s life. This was displayed by the different clothing that was used in each scene. Some examples will be back in the days where he was in high school as a student. The clothing was the high school uniform. As the memory progress, the clothing switch to the academical dress which was his graduation days and it switch to the father holding the long stick which signifies him being a high school teacher and the tuxedo that represents the wedding with his wife to be.

One thing that I really amazed is how all the father’s clothing was extremely similar but just adding an extra prop such as the stick and the flowers could change the entire outfit.

Apart from the clothing, the music! Oh, my goodness, the music was FANTASTIC. Firstly, it was only a 2-person live band. The instruments consist of just the drums, keyboard, and a violin. Just 3 instruments added so many dynamics and colors to the entire performance. How it transits from memory to present was when they use a synthesizer of the keyboard to make those whiny sounds from soft to loud and at its climax, the band will stop playing and the father is back to the present.

Highschool cycling scene. Chasing after the girl of his dreams

Unfortunately, I did not attend the performance for Home. Hence, I will focus on discussing the Nature of Forgetting.

Some of the distinctive ways the production represents the life event were how at the beginning, there is not much dialogue, and this puzzles the audience to want to know what is going on. This makes the audience want to lean in and focus on the entire performance to find out what is the whole performance about.

One of the most puzzling scenes was how the father was chasing after his wife to be and each scene from the cycling, the graduation and the wedding it all ends up with the both of them sitting to next each other and his wife to be is avoiding him and then there is a loud honk which brings the father back to the present. Only at the fourth repetition, I finally understood that scene which was his wife pass away due to a traffic accident and that accident could have been how the father got his dementia.

Puzzling repetitive scene. Father sits next to his wife to be and she is avoiding him.

My favorite scene was the ending scene. All his cherished memories came to life where his best friend, mother, and daughter came to celebrate his birthday. The favorite part of the scene was when all the lights slowly dimmed off and all that was left was the birthday candles and the father blew the candles away. What a remarkable way to end the performance.

Happy Birthday!

Overall, I will give the play 10/10! Definitely recommend everyone to go and watch the play!  

The Nature of Forgetting

Written by Ashleigh Cox

Tom expresses his frustration!

The Nature of Forgetting is a powerful play about a man’s memory fading with Alzheimer’s and how it appears from his point of view. Theatre Re performed the piece at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on November 12th and it was quite a memorable event!

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Jazz: For the Young and Old 🎫

Written by Bria Thurman

It was so many people and I had gotten there late so I was not sure if I was going to make it😬
An easygoing night with an extremely large turnout.

This performance had to be the most relaxing of all of the performances I have attended. I actually enjoyed this performance but it reminded me that Jazz just isn’t my music. I do enjoy it in a way but it is the type of enjoyment that makes you tired. Kind of like Thanksgiving food, you really enjoy it but if you eat it all of the time you would never make it through the day- or your favorite jeans but that may just be me.

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Wynton Marsalis at KCPA

Written by Ashleigh Cox

The orchestra just before intermission

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and it was an absolute delight to see and hear! The performance featured individual performers as well as the entire ensemble and played a wonderful blend of fast-paced, energetic songs and slower pieces.

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