In the blink of an eye, it was already the end of the year. This class, Art in Motion, not only provides me so many opportunities to experience these wonderful shows happened in the school, but also helps me to learn a variety of culture which related to the shows. It was very joyful discussing the shows in the class, because each show is unique, thus we are excited about going to the shows and looking forward to enjoying more arts. Talking about the background of the show helps me better understand what is going on during the show. And I feel that I was getting more interests from this class after watching so many shows. Sometimes, I will tell my friends the contents of the shows and they are attracted by these dramas and orchestras. I really proud that I joined this class because this is so much fun!
Thursday night at Krannert Art center, it was crowded. People are waiting for admission to the opera, La Bohème. La Bohème features young love, fragileness of life, and friendship. The usage of color and background music are all creative and attractive.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the one of the best musical by Stephen Sondheim. Everyone was excited about this Thursday night because of the show and it also gives us the first opportunity to attend the show at the Illinois Theatre. The first thing surprised me is the perfect seat because it is super close to the stage that allows us to see all kinds of delicate costumes and plenty of emotions on performers’ face. The whole stage was very fancy but well-organized, there are orchestras on both sides and also a fake swimming pool close to the center of the stage. Everyone on the seat just can’t wait to see what is behind the red curtain which has a happy face and a sad face on it.
Highlighting the artworks from Chicago-based artists, the exhibition, Between the buildings, unfolds the stories and spirits buried in history. The historical background of Between the buildings is interesting. In last century Chicago, many artists working in isolation, producing creativity, diversity, and personal aesthetics. However, the artists could hardly find opportunities to exhibit their works. Thus they collectively exhibit with students in art schools, forming the idea of Chicago School.
Last night, at Krannert Center for Performing Art, there was a guitar concert performed by a Brazilian genius, called Marcus Tardelli. When he was still a child, his talents of guitar started to show up. Marcus Tardelli likes to listen and memorize all of the notes about the song. After that, he will replay the song he heard and even ask his teacher for more songs. Because of Tardelli’s extraordinary ability in guitar, he started to give concerts in this hometown. Since then, Tardelli started to listen to more genres of music, such as symphony orchestras, jazz, European classical, and Brazilian music. He perfectly combines the music with other genres of music from the world, to give the audience an idea that how amazing guitar could be. The show in the Foellinger Great Hall was a rare opportunity to witness all of these.
Krannert Center was established at September 7th, 1968. Yesterday was its 50th anniversary and there was big cultural exchange eventat night for celebration.
The event officially starts at 6:30 p.m. with the amazing celebration kick off performed by Mucca Pazza. The whole orchestra is dressed up like a group of nutcrackers with delicate clothes. This is a special group, which was not performed on the stage. They were performing among the crowd and trying to interact with the people around them. Their passionate performance led the enthusiasm of people in the center. More and more people were getting closer to the crowd and started dancing around the orchestra because of the brisk and active rhyme. The kick off was so impressive that makes people hard to forget.
The second show i watched was performed by Ranky Tanky in front the Foellinger Great Hall. Ranky Tanky is the band from South Carolina, which performs the timeless music of Gullah culture. The music is very rhythmic and the whole band is lead by the singer. The music cooperates with the colorful neon lights, makes the atmosphere of the Krannert Center becomes extremely attractive and active.
There were many other wonderful performances in different sides of the Krannert Center. Meanwhile, people were enjoying the delicious food and immersed in the beautiful music.