MUS 110 071
Del Toro, Adrian
Concert Attendance Report
For my report, I attended a Senior Vocal Recital at Elmhurst College in the Irion Theatre. The performance started with Opera pieces and later included some contemporary, jazz and standard pieces. Though there was no orchestra, there was pianist, guitarist, vocal ensemble and gospel choir assisting in accompaniment. I stayed throughout the entire performance, including intermission, which gave me the chance to soak in the complete experience of the musical performance.
The performer was a soprano who happened to have an excellent interpretation of the music. In the first part of the concert she sang: Sebben Crudele by Antonio Caldara, O Cessate doi Piagarmi by Alessandro Scarlatti, Verschwiegene Liebe by Hugo Wolf, Lied der Mignon by Franz Schubert, Take Oh Take Those lips Away by Amy Beach, Do Not Go My Love by Richard Hageman and Willow Song from the Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Stuart Moore. I undoubtedly was a perceptive listener throughout the concert, combining all three types of listeners including casual, referential and critical. Like the casual listener, I did enjoy the sound for its own sake but not without asking myself what the music is and why does it make me feel the way I was feeling in each moment of every piece. The performer gave each piece her own style but kept it in traditional form; in doing this the casual listeners were able to enjoy throughout. Volume and speed were at a steady pace and level that was pleasing to the ear. The singing was phenomenal but instrumental accompaniment kept the shape of the music and all together there was good a good balance of unity and variety. Like the referential listener, I tried to associate myself with the music and remember where or when I may have heard it before. A lot...
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