2016 Winter Concert

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Student Work Highlight: Concert Review

Concert Review and Evaluation

I believe that my performance exceeded expectations. Spots that I had trouble with was played well in my opinion, surprisingly. This was certainly one of my best, if not my best performance in front of a live audience. My grade was most likely a high silver or low gold. I believe my performance was expressive, but not expressive enough to earn a higher grade.

The group played exceptionally well. There were a few minor hiccups that slightly brought down our grade. One mistake I heard in our performance was in Dragon around measure 76, the saxophones skipped about three notes, which threw me off. Despite these mistakes, this performance was light years better than our festival’s. In my opinion there is no such thing as a perfect performance, but that means there is an infinite room for improvement. Autumn mist was much more expressive than our previous one, tempo was nice and steady too. The Dragon was indeed trained in our performance. I give our band a low gold.

Not to sound conceited, but How To Train Your Dragon was my favorite musical selection of the evening. The piece has so much to offer, it is fast and exciting, slow and expressive, and a mixture of both. How to Train Your Dragon is also my favorite selection because every section gets to shine and have an important role in it. I also enjoy the lenght of it. About a good three minutes playing time. The reaction from the audience after playing it makes it my favorite. The best selection we played in my two years of band.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Lion Sleeps Tonight performed by the string orchestra and concert choir at the annual music festival.

Beginning Band Preformance

The Rio Vista Middle School Beginning Band performed Barbara Ann. Listen below.

Barbara Ann

 

Student Work Highlight: Concert Evaluation

Concert Evaluation by a Rio Vista 7th grader

Overall, I think I deserved a B+ because all the songs I did were satisfying but not perfect and I had some mistakes and confusions.  I did well in all the songs but “Echo Lake” because at the measures when I was playing with the violin 1st, I got confused so that lowered my personal score to a B+. Although, I think my best song was either “Carol the Bells” or “Swallowtail Jig”, because I was in tune and didn’t mess up in those songs. Also, I worked really hard in Carol the Bells and the audience was happy and gave one of the loudest applauses.

As a whole, I think the string orchestra deserved an A because we satisfied the audience. The reason we did not get an A+ was because in some measures we were not in unison and and the violin 1st did not start off on the right beat at the beginning of “Echo Lake”.  Overall, the rest of the songs were great and the audience loved it. During “Sleeping Beauty”, the violas were great background music and the ending was successful even after receiving the song after late.

The band did great. Although there were some little mistakes needed to fix like the clarinets non controllable high note outbursts.  The percussionists did great and probably even upstaged the band!  My favorite instrument in the band was the flute and it stood out through all the stronger instruments like the trumpet and trombone.  My grandmother liked them better out of all the groups and I was fairly impressed with their in tune melody and also when they were in unison.

My favorite musical piece out of all the other songs were Carol the Bells.  Carol the Bells was my favorite because I really love the melody it has and that was the song I played best.  Me and my group worked really hard rewriting the song and getting the dynamics right, and we have been working on it for about a month.  The audience probably marked our song as one of the best out of the others because we put much work into it.

The entire evening was very nerve racking for all the performers, especially the soloists.  Although it was also very exciting and fun being able to perform and the audience enjoyed and even love the amazing show we have performed for them.  One of the funniest and worst parts about that evening was that the lights that were shining at us and we  were really hot and everyone on stage was laughing because it was super hot on the stage.  I learned the I have to not fear about being on stage then I will have a less of a chance of messing up. The only thing that will really help me perform better is more practice and more confidence in myself and support from my friends and family.

The Flute Final Draft

TThe flute belongs to the woodwind family and it is a very interesting instrument. The flute is actually the earliest known musical instrument. It is the oldest instrument of the woodwind family. The earliest flutes were actually made out of wood or bamboo. Flutes were played by many types of people such as hunters, shepherds, and musicians. During the Middle English period the instrument was called the “floute.” The flute originates from Europe where they were found in Germany and France. The modern flute was invented by Theodore Boheem in 1847. During the 16th century is were the flute was at its peak because it was very popular. Originally the flute had only one piece, but then it got three such as the headjoint, body, and the foot joint. Also flutes only had two holes and it did not have any keys in the 16th century. There are many types of flutes such as Indian, Chinese and Japanese flutes. All of these flutes are enjoyed and played all over the world today.

the flute is mostly represented in orchestras and chamber music. It is actually the highest pitched woodwind instrument in the orchestra. In the orchestra the roles of the flute is to play the harmony. The flute is featured in symphonies as well as Eastern music. Some places where the flute is commonly played is China, India, Japan and the U.S. Sometimes the flute can fit in with jazz because of the high notes and it can be in classical music in some occasions. Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennett and Michael Debrost are three very famous flute players. Jeanne Debost is in the New York Philharmonic and is known for being the solo/principal flute player. She has also written her own book called “Orchestral Experts for the Flute,” which has inspired many. William Bennett is the principal flute player with the London Symphony and he also won the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Michael Debost worked at Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a flute professor. While in the Orchestra de Paris he has been the most important flautist.

On fun fact about the flute is that there are many variations in size like the piccolo, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass flute. Flutes have been made out of many things throughout the years such as bone, wood, ivory, gold and platinum. Three very famous people who played the flute were George Washington, James Madison and Leonardo Da Vinci. The last fact was that the word “flute” was not used until the 14th century.