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February 20, 1997
William Strang
Music 6
Concert Paper #3

On Feb 20,1997, I attended a piano concert that was performed by Barbara Wieman. The performance was held at the American River College Music Department choir room. The choir room holds about 100 people and every seat was taken and students were seated on the floor. The audience was dressed casual as everyone was students trying to do their concert papers. Barbara Weiman was also dressed casual but nice. The piano concert started at 12:20pm and was finished at 1:05pm. The program started with a piece from L.V. Beethoven called Sonata in F minor, Op.57. This piece can be characterized by an intense, dramatic use of fluctuating dynamics. It was as if the crescendo was not allowed to climax, then is aborted by a sudden change to pianissimo. The so called Beethoven motif was used throughout the piece, very effectively I might add. Barbara Wieman was very animated performing this piece and seemed to be very emotional while playing. This piece was very distinct and there was an effective use of rests that was displayed. I would call this piece very serious. After Beethoven we were treated to F. Schuberts Impromptu in G flat Major, Op. 90, No.3. This piece was very pleasing to the ear so we could call this consonant. The music seemed to flow and had a great rhythm. This piece was romantic in nature and probably that is why it was written in the romantic era. C. Debussy "s Feux d"artifice (fireworks) was the next piece played. The harmony was very obscured in this piece of music. The theme trying to be presented in this piece was as if fireworks were going off. The notes were ever changing and there was a very good uses of all the keys of the piano. This piece was not very pleasing at all and I did not care for it at all. From looking around the room it seemed other people would agree. After that unpleasant piece was played we were lead into La Cathedrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral). It was very slow starting but eventually started building the tempo and then seemed to drop off and become very slow in tempo. This piece seemed as if it were trying to tell a story. Alot of people seemed as if the were going to sleep. The last piece was changed from S. Prokofieff to Chopin"s Ocean Atrium piece. This piece had rhapsodic melodies giving the illusion that the piece might have been improvised. It was very moving and flowing using melody and harmony. Very pleasing and also from the romantic era. What a great way to end the piano concert. Everyone enjoyed the music so much that she provided us with an encore. She played another piece by Chopin. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about music to take your class. This has been a great experience for me.
February 17, 1997
William Strang
Music 6
Concert Paper #2

On Feb 15,1997, I attended a concert put on by the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra. The performance was held at the Dietrich Threatre, Sierra College in Rocklin. Dietrich Threatre seats about 500 people, and on that evening there was about 300 people present. The concert dress was casual for the audience but the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra performers were dressed in tuxedo"s for the men and black outfits for the women. The performers consisted of 8 women and 10 men. The orchestra was conducted by Zvonimir Hacko. Programs were provided and the concert followed the printed program very well. The starting time was 8:00pm and finished at 10:00pm.
The style of music played varied because of all the different musical era"s represented. Mozart from the classical era, Dvorak from the romantic era, Bartok from the early 20th century, and Copland from our present. The Sacramento Chamber Orchestra consisted of Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Piano, and Harp. When combined, the performance was outstanding and uplifting.
The concert opened with Mozart"s marvelous miniature, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" which stands for ("A Little Serenade"). Mozart"s Serenade, which is like a tiny symphony, was conducted and played with exemplary care. The tempo of the music was upbeat, it"s dynamics were managed thoughtfully, and the musical form presented consisted of alterations that were superb. The "romance" of the second movement was hushed and tender, the finale was as light as air.
After the finale of Mozart"s we were treated to the Dvorak Serenade in E opus 22. The Dvorak was in five movements lasting a little over half an hour. The waltzes of the second were a bit of folk flavor, and were quite beautiful. The third movement, Scherzo, was dance like and soulfully romantic. The fourth movement,Larghetto, was even more soulful in mood, which deepened as its melody passed from the violas to the cellos. The finale brought us back with a touching recollection of the very beginning of the work. The Bartok Divertimento was in three movements. It can be best described as continuous, fascinating, exciting and full of action. The melodies were strong, as were the rhythmic pulses and dissonance"s. So much was happening that all you could do was go for the ride and enjoy it. The last major piece was by Copland, called Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano. The Copland piece was in two movements bridged by an unusually long cadenza(Soloist), that lasted over three minutes. The soloist seemed to dwell on the lyric sweetness of the first movement and then signaled the merriment of the second movement. The first part struck me as very slow but the second part was very rhythmic,very perky, and was passed around appreciatively by all, while the piano and clarinet were trading ideas with each other. All in all, this piece signaled excitement and was made very enjoyable with the clarinet and piano. As this was my first Chamber Concert I was not sure what to expect. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I"m looking forward to my next concert.

 

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Music has been a part of my life since as far back as I can remember, it is something that I truly enjoye and find to be very therapeatic. I have always had a love for music , going back to the days of elemantary school when I had been in music class , I always knew that music would be womething that was in my blood. Actually I am from Mongolia which is so different country compare to America . I always wanted to join singing club or choir. But i have not gotten a chance to join such a thing because of my religion. Basically , It was my first time , I had opportunity to show Choral Concert which was held on the October 9 , on the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Everyone who was in attendance was dress up so nice and they were singing from heart. I enjoyed listening to the our friends as they sung the different melodies. As i was sitting there listening to the singers sing , i think about how strong there voices are and how strong they must be to get over the big space of the performance center. The choir performed a variety of songs, new spins on classic hymns and spirituals, modern treatment of old texts and a taste of pop and jazz. Songkar and Schola Contorum provided piona accompaniment for some of the songs and performed beautifully.

I was extremely impressed by the talented choir members from Waldorf College and their ability to sing such a varied range of songs. The music I really enjoyed was piece by Lord of Dance and Voice Dance were a much happier song and those songs had a faster tempo than the other songs and was a great way to conclude the concert. The concert demonstrated the vocal capabilities of the Choir members. The songers were able to express different emotions through the traditional spiritual song such as ” Elijah Rock ” and the more torch song such as ” Beautiful Savor” . The solos allowed particular students to display thier talents and the piona accompaniment provided a pleasent background for choir concert. I enjoyed watching the way the conductor conducted the choir and I noticed how much effort goes into conducting. At first , I thought that he was just waving his hands in the air, but then I realized there was a pattern to it and that not only keep it on beat but it also did other things as well. I like how when the Choir was singing that different parts of it would stop and other parts would keep going and then it would switch and the parts that stopped would start again and the ones that were singing.

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