Monday, October 25, 2004

My first trip to a live orchestra!

On Friday night, I had my first chance to attend a live orchestra, so I thought I'd write a little review of my experience. It was the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the program included Prokofiev's Symphony No 1, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No 1, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6.

I was able to get a free ticket to the orchestra since I am a student at the college the performance was held. And with all the tuition I am paying, I certainly deserved it! When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was that most of the people there were old people. I certainly have nothing against old people, but with students able to get free tickets, why didn't more students come? I felt left out as the old people enjoyed wine, for alas, I am too young to legally drink alcohol.

I walked into the concert hall and took my seat, near the middle but off to the side, where I could clearly see the violin players. Before the performance started, I felt bad for a woman in front of me who had decided to bring her baby. Perhaps she thought the baby would sleep, but of course it cried loudly instead. After much of the crowd stared at her meanly, she left with her baby and I didn't see her come back. Next to me sat two fellow students, however they seemed to think the symphony was the right place to show their affection for one another. I guess they finally got bored of the music, becuase they didn't show up for any of the other pieces after the first.

The first piece, Prokofiev's Symphony No 1, was played perfectly. The sound of a real live orchestra sounds a lot better than anything you can do on a computer. I think that's mostly because of the limits of computer speakers. At a live orchestra, the entire sound seems to surround you; it's an awesome experience.

The second piece, Shostokavich, was also played wonderfully. I'm not a big fan of the modernists, but when you actually see a guy playing that concerto, it adds another dimension to the performance, and you'll never be able to do that with a computer. I also noticed people like to save their coughs until those short moments of silence between each piece.

The final piece, Tchaikovsky, was awesome. Superb. Excellent. With cymbals and loud brass, I don't know how people do it! It really puts all my work to shame.

Next, on Nov 13, the Dresden Philharmonic plays Beethoven's Symphony No 7! I love getting free tickets!

Over and out.

4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

can you put your orchestration on a .wav file so we can listen?

8:00 AM  
Sean Patrick Hannifin said...

What do you mean?

10:05 PM  
Anonymous said...

we wanna hear the music

7:50 AM  
Sean Patrick Hannifin said...

What music do you mean? I don't have my own copies of the music played at the orchestra, but you could check your local library . . .

4:08 AM  

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