March 7, 2014 Concert Review/Evaluation

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To begin with, I would like to express some thoughts on our band’s (concert band) performance. Personally, I felt far more relaxed during this concert, partially because of the fact that there were less people in the audience and also because it was my second concert. Overall, I felt I had good performance, and that it was a lot easier to play this concert, as I was not as nervous as before. I felt that i played reasonably well during the duration of our concert, and I would probably give myself a grade of an B+/A- because, I felt that at times I was not listening to the rest of the band, and I was too worried about my own part. Also, I needed to have clearer articulation, and better dynamics in a few key places in our music. Moving on, I will talk about our ensemble’s most outstanding elements. As a whole, I thought our appearance was great, and that our band played reasonably well throughout the concert. I would say that our last two pieces were our best ones. I felt that compared to last concert, we had improved our quality of sound and our musicality.We had better dynamics, and we sounded more together. The least effective elements of our ensemble as whole, were probably the first two songs.Our biggest issues throughout our concert were that at times, we were too quiet, and also that when we had to jump up to play a higher note, we fell flat. Additionally, I felt that our musicality was not as apparent in the first two songs as it was in the last two. Our dynamics and articulation seemed a bit lacking, and certain instruments were overpowering others. Overall, our ensemble seemed to have improved greatly since our last concert. Furthermore, we played our four pieces well, but there is still things we could improve. Our fi... ... middle of paper ... played. The concert was great, and I liked the Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra the best. As a whole, the all the groups in the concert played musically, and they all seemed prepared. Overall, I felt less nervous during this concert, compared to our previous one. Also, the entire concert could be shorter, as some pieces were very lengthy, and many people were tired, so they could not really hear and understand how good the groups played. A couple of recommendations our next concert, is maybe shortening the length of concert, or maybe changing when we have our intermission. We could have it right before the Wind Ensemble plays, because they usually have the longest set. This could help, because our audience would be fresher for the last band, and will be able to really enjoy the Wind Ensemble. All in all, our concert was a big success, and a great experience for me.

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