How fortunate we are in Grand Rapids to have our very own professional orchestra.
Did you know that there are many concerts which are free for your kids (with purchase of adult ticket). Student prices are $5 always for any others.
Check out their website during Bach Month, March:
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Wow! The amount of control: various "special effects", dynamics and articulations, create an amazing Fantasie indeed!
The contemporary composer (and clarinetist!) , German Jorg Widmann composed this piece in what is termed "avant garde", or experimental form.
Here is a NYTimes article about Widmann: click
Today I would like to submit that an audience which is falling asleep, bored, uninvolved and uninterested is somewhat the fault of the performer! What?! Yes, presentation is everything.
Here is an example of Peter Bence involving the audience, and the energy that flows from them to him and back again is very apparent.
Think of ways to involve your audience: introduce yourself. Give some background on the piece, composer, or form of the music you are presenting. Share what personal meaning it has. Point out various elements to listen for during performance. Is there a way you can have someone on stage with you in some small part? (turning pages? playing a particular part with you?) Be creative! Be innovative! Be interesting!
Enjoy the clip!
Musically, Ms. Karen
I've had the pleasure of performing pieces by Spike Jones, PDQ Bach, and other humorous composers throughout my life. Here is just a smattering of fun stuff from the Philharmonia Orchestra in London...ENJOY
Being prepared means more than preparing the music. Here is a wonderful example from Eliane Rodrigues. Within a minute of beginning Chopin's Polonaise Fantasie, she finds that the sustaining pedal is not dis-engaging, rendering her performance undone until she acquires a new piano...however, she is not put off, but continues playing while the pianos are exchanged. Have a look: