Comparison of 2 Concerts

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Shaquel Smith
Professor Dr. Anna Nisnevich (Masterman)
Intro to Western Art Music
11 April 2011
Concert Connections:
Critique and Comparison of a Classical Concert and Jazz Band Concert
Superb musicianship and masterful command of instrument take the stage at the Heinz Hall, the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For this day, the orchestra is playing the classic works of three legendary composers: Schumann, Liszt, and Strauss. As I took my seat I realized that this place is packed with a full audience; dressed in their Sundays best, tipsy off of Wine, and ready to ‘engage’ in an experience, a musical experience. As I sat down I realized that I was in for a long night, for this type of concert was not my forte. I did not want to be there nor pay attention to the concert at all, only for the completion of this paper But little did I know, I was about to attend one of the greatest musical experiences that I have witnessed.

Rafael Frükbeck de Burgos, the conductor, barely acknowledging the audience's applause, he lunged into Robert Schumann “Symphony No. 3” with a huge burst of energy, which was maintained through all phases of the piece. The orchestra gave a spirited and joyful account of the piece. They received a great ovation, of which I stood, for their great depiction of Schumann’s classic. I was in awe, I was shocked, that I was ‘enjoying’ a classical concert. Jorge Federico Osorio, the pianist, walked upon stage receiving a standing ovation upon mere visibility. Bowing separately to the audience in the sold-out hall and in the stage seats with very deliberate and studied manner at each entry and exit, they struck as dignified and remote powerful figures. Starting to play almost as soon as he sat down, Osorio was thoroughly absorbed in his own, exalted world. His technical command of the instrument was astounding. They played Franz Liszt “Concertos No. 2”, this piece was amazing – intense octave runs, slight figuration, a perfectly balanced...
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