Venus in fur

Topics: Music, Cello, Performance Pages: 2 (545 words) Published: October 19, 2014
Jessica Foltz
Concert Report #3
On Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. I attended my favorite concert yet at the Morrison Center Recital Hall. It was a cello concert with graduate Jacob Saunders, accompanied by Betsi Hodges on the piano. The scene was beautiful, and the energy was great. White Christmas lights, and the position of the instruments made me feel like I was at a classy coffee shop in France. The cello and piano were the first instruments I ever learned how to play, and I went with a friend who plays the cello currently, so we both had a great appreciation for the show. I sat next to Jacob Saunders parents, and to see how proud they were through out the show was a special thing to be a part of. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy, the first piece was jazzy, then romantic, then mysterious. It really set the tone for the rest of the concert. The first piece really showed a lot of variety in the tones and tempos of the song, and it was so interesting to listen to because I never knew what was going to happen next.

The second piece was a solo, and it was so inspirational. Cantoria 1 & 2 for solo cello, by Marlos Nobre. Jacob was breathing hard, playing an overwhelming amount of notes all so fast. You could really see the passion in his face, and his entire body language. He is such a professional and advanced performer who clearly has a very bright future in his music career. This musical number was also one that threw curve balls at me, because of the continually changing tempo and tones from romantic to suspenseful. All the pieces were long in duration, and that really impressed me because it’s clear that they put in so much effort and time with practicing, and then preforming perfectly. Music is a really powerful thing, and it was the most clear how much passion he has for what he does, and that’s what makes a great musician. His vibrato was impressive to watch, and it made me wish I had played cello longer.

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