Conert Report

MUS 110 071Del 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.

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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 of the operatic pieces I was not so familiar with but it made me want to make memories of being in some moment for future reference.

It was really when other styles were introduced when my referential listener traits kicked in. In Part 2 of the concert, the performer sang Russian Lullaby by Irving Berlin, I’m a Fool to Want You by Jack Wolf, Joel Herron and Frank Sinatra, Black Coffee by Sonny Burke and Paul Francis Webster, Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer, They Say it’s Wonderful (ft a vocal jazz ensemble) by Irving Berlin and Jeremy Foxx, Danca da Solidao by Paulinho da Viola and Emanuel by Norman Huthinson (which featured a gospel choir).

Like the critical listener, I was aware of the quality of the performance but beyond the technical aspects to seek understanding and appreciation of the human and cultural values embodied in the music. There were language and style uses which were unfamiliar to me and my curiosity was quick to analyze. I listened and concentrated and enjoyed every aspect of performance. Though an orchestral accompaniment/performance would have been nice, the end result of enjoyment was sufficient.

Part 1 was a bit mellow with the operatic style but Part 2 of the concert was more upbeat and had me moving in my seat. All in all, the concert seemed to be enjoyed by all, including me and the performer as well. I could tell the performer enjoyed performing and much as the audience enjoyed listening to it. Instead of taking each selection piece by piece, I analyze this performance as a whole. The Unity and Variety were sufficient enough to be enjoyed. The structure of the music was complex enough to be interesting and understandable.

The purpose the performer portrayed was made to be enjoyed and it was. The Tempo with smooth and the volume was comfortable to hear. The rhythm kept me interested, as it is the most important part of the music. The melody varided and also kept my interest. Harmony was present amongst the accompaniment of vocal ensemble and instrument. The varied but was structured correctly to each piece. The Historical Period varied from 1700 and up, which introduced old to the new and new to the old and the music then served its purposed; heard, learned and enjoyed.