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Concert Review: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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I have been to many different concerts throughout my life but this year I experienced two exceptionally unique ___ that I had never seen before. The first one was a spectacular chamber recital that took place at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed by pianist Yefim Bronfman and violist-violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The program included Schubert's Violin Sonatina No. 2 in A Minor, Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, and Brahms’ Viola Sonata No. 1 in F Minor. The second was a performance by the notable quartet “Anonymous 4” presented by the Universality of Chicago at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The program included a series of medieval French motets from the 13th Century French polyphony, taken from the Montpellier Codex. The two performances were extremely different in nature and but at the same time very similar in what they were trying to achieve. For instance, while the first concert consisted entirely of an ...view middle of the document...

Although I would prefer to see the entire orchestra at the CSO, the two extraordinary musicians kept my interest for the entire duration of the recital. They were extremely talented and their performance was flawless; the fact that they were playing pieces from three of the greatest musicians of all times also contributed for such an outstanding experience. My favorite
audience members seeking to follow along had a daunting task.
Only two days after such great experience at the Chicago Symphony Center, I was up to another remarkable concert. This time, the concert consisted of four women who got together because they wanted to hear what medieval chant and polyphony would sound like when sung by female voices, as explained in the program notes (6). For the same reason, I chose to see their performance. Having listened to numerous examples of medieval music of the 13th Century in class and at home, I was very curious to hear the same songs live with such an interesting twist. The fact that the concert was presented at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel made all the difference in my opinion. This epic old cathedral style church set the mood for what the message the quartet wanted to convey. I felt like I was a part of an audience in the 1200s. My favorite element of this concert was that each member of the quartet performed one solo throughout the evening, which not only allowed each of the singers to be appreciated individually, but also gave the audience the opportunity to listen to each individual element that makes up the group’s unique sound as a whole. Since the texts of the motets included in the program were in Latin, one of the hardest things for me was to discern when one piece ended and another began. However, because I had looked at the translation of the text prior to the beginning of the concert, it was easy to sit back and enjoy what was being sung and their beautiful voices rather than pay attention to the lyrics.
Overall, I was very satisfied with both concerts and definitely look forward to more experiences like these. I got to see the wonders of two completely different worlds; in the one hand was the world class CSO and in the other the magical Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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