The Presentation Of The Philadelphia Orchestra

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I have had the pleasure to attend the Kimmel Center concerto on April 14th, 2016. The Kimmel Center is located at the Avenue of the Srts in Philadelphia, PA. I have gotten to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform classical music. The event started exactly at 8pm, in the Verizon Hall, the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra had the Fabulous Philadelphians with Yannick Nezek Seguin was the conductor, Don S, Liuzzi on the Timpani and Ricardo Morales on the Clarinet. Yannick and the Orchestra have continued a proud tradition if giving musicians the opportunity to stand in front of the ensemble as soloists. During this performance, I was able to see and hear individual musicians in a different light. The orchestra is currently on tour to many places such as China and Japan, however they made a stop to perform beautiful music at home, in Philadelphia. The venue was a very big, hallow hall. I had the grandeur of 19th century theatres with a 21st Century sensibilities to it. There were several performance spaces within the Kimmel, however the orchestra performs in the 2,547-seat hall. It’s a huge cello shaped room with a marvelous modern feel, yet has a connection to the old opera halls of Europe. The music director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, a notable opera conductor, was a part of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012. He has worked with many other ensembles in Europe, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Nezet-Seguin studied piano, conducting, composition and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique de Quebec in Montreal and choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He has many honors and hon... ... middle of paper ... ...drum timely and swiftly. The changes in pitch switched each couple of seconds, which seemed difficult to maintain but easy to Liuzzi. In the Concerto, I have also noticed that the conductor gets much recognition for the orchestra’s performance although the ensemble makes the sound. The audience would clap and whistle for an extended amount of time after each piece. I have liked the pieces, but I believe that all of the work should not be praised only to the soloist and the conductor. The conductor is important, but everyone is important in each piece to produce beautiful sound. Additionally in class I have learned that people usually do not clap between the movements of a concerto or a symphony and hold their applause until the end. This was demonstrated at the performance where I did not know when to clap because no one would clap until the movements were finished.

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