Daily Archives: December 8, 2019

(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.

Farewell to FAA 110

Looking back on a semester of amazing performance and personal inspection.

written by Allison Spillane

This class was a total wildcard in my schedule at the beginning of the year. I had no idea what to expect, but what I ended up getting is something that I know that I can look back upon fondly. This class really opened me up to resources for art and creativity on campus that I don’t think I would have know about otherwise. From KAM to KCPA to the Spurlock Museum, these are all amazing places on campus that I was introduced to by this class, and I cannot fully express my gratitude for that. Being a part of such a great group of people enjoying some amazing performances really helped me feel welcome and at home at the University of Illinois.

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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.