LA Part One: USC Concerto Night

I’m taking a piano class at a community college and my piano instructor invited the class to her performance with the USC Thornton Symphony at the Bovard Auditorium. I was very much impressed by every single piece of music that was performed. First, Joseph Morris, a clarinetist performed Neilsen’s Clarinet Concerto flawlessly. Oh man. I’ve never seen a clarinetist perform like Morris. His musicality was so controlled yet so freely played beautifully. As he performed, you were able to tell he was very much in sync with the music. If you ever have the opportunity to see Morris perform this song or to listen to this song live at a concert, I highly recommend you to take advantage of it. His performance was one where you had to be there experience the difficulty of the piece he played.

Frederich-Olivier Rosselet, a cellist, performed Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto. Now this piece brought out all kinds of emotions from me and my friends. There was darkness, confusion, terror, and loneliness from this piece. If you closed your eyes and listened to this song, it almost felt like you were hiding from someone who was chasing you or you were trying to run away and somehow ended up getting lost in a pitch black room or a forest at night. You pace back and forth not knowing what to do because all your thoughts are scattered as you’re by yourself in the middle of nowhere.

Playing an open string so gently seemed almost harmless but in this piece, it still carried a bold sense of emotion. Whether you open or close your eyes during a live performance of this piece, I am sure that you will be carried away by your emotions. Even the musician, Rosselet, was so lost in the music because the piece had a heavy character to it that required great technical skills to execute almost effortlessly and beautifully.
Frederich-Olivier Rosselet

The final performance was my piano instructor, Fang-Fang Shi Inouye. From the beginning, you were able to hear easily that the music was composed by Beethoven. Inouye gracefully played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with great flow of emotion. I was in awe of how she moved across the keyboard effortlessly and so quickly. Though I saw with my own eyes that she was hitting every note, I still could not believe the intensity of her technical skills. Her performance was a great way to end the show as it had an enlightening experience to it.

This concert certainly inspired me to continue playing music as it is an art that challenges the mind and imagination in so many levels. I hope to attend another Conceto Night performed by USC or different symphony sometime soon. It’s really amazing how music can really paint emotions to your ears.
Fang-Fang Shi Inouye

Orange County Symphony

A few of my friends and I went to go see Connie perform with the Orange County Symphony at the Servite Theater Auditorium.
Orange County Symphony

When it comes to music, it’s an experience where you really have to be there to understand the beauty of it. The first piece played was the Piano Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel with a guest pianist, Minji Noh. If you’re not familiar with this piece, check out the YouTube video below:

I love seeing the pianist move her hands so quickly and easily. I’m always in awe of the pianist’s ability to move so freely yet so beautifully. Their talent is almost unbelievable. Another piece the symphony performed was Carmen Suites Nos 1 and 2 by Georges Bizet. This is a classic song that I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with even if they don’t listen to classical music.

This was my first attendance to a concert performed by the Orange County Symphony. I was thoroughly entertained and impressed by their performance. I plan to go to their next one just because I find great appreciation in classical music. Great job, Connie!
Orange County Symphony

By the way readers, the musicians in the YouTube videos provided in this post are not from the Orange County Symphony. Just had to clarify that.

Anyone Can Conduct Music

Who says that you have to be an adult with a music degree to become a conductor? Everyone! Actually, no one has ever told me that only adults can conduct music. I just learned through a YouTube video that it is possible for a kid as young as eight to conduct a professional group of musicians at a concert.

You can see Edward Yudenich’s (the conductor kid) over flowing passion for the music piece he is conducting all from his body motion. He sure knows how to read and feel music. What an inspiration he is.

This makes me wonder what I was doing when I was eight. I was definitely not working with professional musicians as a conductor or as a student professor.