Cultural Activity Report

CulturalActivity Report

CulturalActivity Report

Saturday,31 May 2014, remain the most memorable day of my life. It was mythird time to attend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The performancewas held at the Atlanta Symphony hall. The group is one of theleading Orchestra performers in America. The artists of AtlantaSymphony Orchestra present great, engaging, and educating music. Thegroup’s commitment is to build a foundation based on artisticexcellence. It direct and serve the audience through programs thatare innovative and represent the community’s cultural fabric(Herman, 2000). The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music directorRobert Spano were joined by Joshua Bell in the performance of theConcerto. The classical music also featured Charles Zoll, who won thethird Rapido last year. Rapido was founded in 2008 and its aim was topromote new works from various composers of varying experiences.According to Glow (2007), the founders were the Antinori foundationand Atlanta Chamber Players. The pieces that were featured wereBrahmsViolin Concerto, Mathisder MalerandAsimovat Star’s End.The concerto had different people from all over Atlanta and thesurrounding areas.

Uponthe arrival at the event, I saw a Grammy featured on the door to thehall. Majority of attendees were in formal attires as required thougha few were in casuals. Since I was amongst the first people toarrive, I had the chance to listen to the cacophony of sounds thatemerged from the orchestra. In addition I got a seat not far from thestage. The musicians started by warming and tuning up their qualityinstruments. The hall was full of big screens that enabled audiencesa good view from them. Also, there was fantastic acoustics thatallowed every individual to hear all sounds from the performance(Howard, 2009). At around 6:45 P.M, Elizabeth Tiscione, pianist AlexWasserman, and violist Jessica performed TwoRhapsodiesby Charles Martin Loffler. This was done before the main concert.Next was a performance by trumpeters Stuart Stephenson, MikeTiscione, Nathan Zgonc, Richard Diane, Brian Hecht, Colin Williams,and Michael Moore (the principal). They did a music collection forbrass by Dahl, Brahms, and Hindemith. Brahms launched his concert ina traditional manner known as Allegronon troppo.The soloist made a fiery entrance and when the mood of the audiencecalmed, went ahead to give embellished principal themes’statements. The soloist suffered from technical challenges andvarious moods due to the extended development features. According toGlow (2007) the soloist had the mandate to lead up to the final coda,which started with the utmost serenity. However, the coda soon builtto a powerful climax, with the soloist offering a grand concludingflourish. Brahms work was viewed as romantic, challenging, full ofrapid fire passages, and double stops

Afterthe delightful prelude, Zoll introduced the Asimovat Star’s End ataround eight in the evening, which lasted for about twelve minutes.He was commissioned to write the work after his win last year. At thebeginning, there were horn cackles that interrupted the scene butthere was much enjoyment experienced as the song played. Not only wasthe piece complex, but it also had rhythmic figures that weretreacherous and played against tempos and meters that shifted allalong. The instruments went on intense highs and lows but seemed towork well together. Zoll wanted the piece to sound in a fictionmanner. The interweaving colors and textures made it interesting tolisten to them. He tried to bring out funky rhythms and wassuccessful to do so in some sections. The calm fade at the end ofthis work brought some great moments at that time.He played theKaiamba and Marimba which restored a sense of natural humanexperience (Herman, 2000).

Thesecond piece performed was Paul Hindemith’s Mathisder Maler. Thispiece comes in three creative movements and reflects paintings thatwere done by Matthias Grunewald. The paintings were done for the St.Anthony monastery located near Colmar in France. The first movementsat the beginning of this piece looked unrehearsed but had somethingto glow the moments. Howard (2009) suggests that the first movementis known as the AngelicConcert. Entombment isthe second movement and was expressed in a solemn and austere manner.The final movement consisted of drama known as, TheTemptation of St. Anthony. Themovement had recitative and tumultuous slow opening and then followedby a state of urgency. During the concluding moment, in between thebrass, one could hear triumphant alleluias as ringing continuedbrightly. Coda is produced by a reprise of an earlier material (Glow,2007). Accompaniment of agitated string, the winds intone the choraleLaudaSion Salvatorem

Thefinal performance was by Joshua Bell. He is a violinist and was thecrowd favorite. According to Glow (2007), not only is his musicevolving, but also his art and craft is always moving forward. He hadthese unique characteristics that made him stand out. He had thisbeautiful tone that made everyone enjoy every bit of the music. Hisstage presence earned him acclaim from all sorts of audience. Hispiece had this impressive intonation and musicality that thrilled theaudience. The symphony was amazing and impressive, and I am glad tohave had such a memorable moment.


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Herman,G. (2000). TheStruggle for Song Media,Politics and Culture: A Socialist View.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Howard,N. (2009). Musical recordings and performances: A response toTheodore Gracyk. TheJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticisms, 57,3, 19-99.