On That Note, The Season Has Ended
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Last weekend’s performance was one of the most unique shows I have seen with the Sarasota Orchestra. It included a fascinating narration by Einstein, a moving performance featuring Martin Luther King Jr., A spectacular light show that only heightened the excitement, and some fierce music that had me shaking in my seat. The beginning of the show featured Miri Ben-Ari’s Symphony of Brotherhood. Miri Ben-Ari, a violinist from Israel, wowed the audience with four of her own original compositions. Each one took on a new feeling, a new mood. What I loved most is that she had a moral for each of her songs. Before each tune, she would provide insight into the purpose of the piece, and it made me appreciate the music and allowed me to feel what she felt when she was writing these pieces. Miri is an amazing musician with the heart and soul to move any audience, and I deeply respect her artistry.
Next, we were introduced to the famous scientist Albert Einstein. He discussed time and how there is really no such thing. Quoting one of my most famous artists, James Taylor, “Now the thing about time is that time isn’t really real.” It’s based on your point of view. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring created an array of images in my mind as I watched the orchestra weave and bob through a maze of sound. What I can’t believe is that people threw tomatoes at the end of its debut performance back in the day! Stravinsky had to escape through a back door! An exciting performance of the 1st movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica followed. He originally named the symphony after Napoleon Bonaparte, but Beethoven scratched his name out of the score in a fit of rage after Bonaparte hailed himself Emperor of France. Miguel Del Aguila’s The Giant Guitar sent the audience flying into a tornado of thrill and ferocity. The changes in lighting from blue to red when a loud chord struck only intensified the emotion of the piece. The orchestra closed the show with one of my favorite compositions of all time: Ravel’s La Valse. The piece starts out softly, making us listen closely to those subtle first notes. As the song commences, each instrument comes in and has something different to say. Each musician put everything they had into the music, slowly painting a masterpiece with each successive phrase. I thoroughly enjoyed last weekend’s show and have had such an exciting time witnessing all of the music this season at the Sarasota Orchestra. It was a fun time and I cannot wait until next season!