As a music major, I am required to attend at least 10 concerts every semester. As this is something I would probably try to do anyway, this is a pretty cool requirement to me. I definitely don’t mind it at all! I have been to several concerts in the past week or so and they’ve all been really great!
Last Thursday morning, we had a departmental recital in Nykerk Hall of Music. Several music students sang or played on their respective instruments and they were all so good! We have so much talent in the music department here at Hope and I was so impressed!
Thursday night, I went to see the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) in Dimnent Chapel. As a Hope student, I got into the concert for free, which is pretty cool since I believe tickets for the public were around $18. CALJE was unlike any performance I have ever experienced. The music was written by a couple of the group members, and that totally blew my mind. It was so intricate and incredible! I like to think that I often know what’s going on musically when I listen to performances and such, but I have to admit that I was completely out of my league during this concert, but it was such a great experience! It was such a talented group and I’m glad I got to be a part of this cool event.
On Saturday, I went to a senior organ recital and a junior flute recital. I am not too familiar with either of those two instruments, but I was so impressed by the skill of the performers!
Tonight, the Wind Ensemble had a Halloween concert. It was really cool because all the performers dressed up in costumes for the concert! They played some familiar music, like the Star Trek and Doctor Who theme songs, as well as some really unique, different pieces. It was a really enjoyable concert!
Tomorrow, there is a student scholarship recital in Dimnent Chapel at 7:30. I was originally supposed to be in it, but since I have been sick, I am unable to perform. I’m still excited to go and see all the other performers! I hope to see you there!
What musical performances have you experienced at Hope? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave me a comment, or follow me on Twitter at @hopekathryn17 and tweet at me! Have a great weekend!