I had a magical time when I had the privilege of attending a classical concert. I was honored to be able to see the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Philip Mann was the music director of this production. The concert was held in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Robinson Center Music Hall. This took place on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
Three works of art were chosen to be played. The first was Menuet Antique by Ravel. The second was Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 (Linz). The final was Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. All songs were beautiful.
Ravel’s piece, Menuet Antique, had a variation of textures. There was lots of “Bang!” in this masterpiece. Not only did I enjoy the music but the performers were amazing as well. For this tune I only got to see the violinists. They were a sight to see. The violins were so shiny and beautiful. The sound the produced was loud and majestic. When I closed my eyes to only hear the music I could picture a cartoon animal chasing another animal just for the fun of it.
Next, was Mozart’s Symphony No. 36. Philip Mann was amazing conducting this piece. He was so fluent, he moved with the notes. I heard clarinets, violins, and just about every instrument. It seemed as if everyone had a part. The mood of the piece brings pure sweetness. The finale stuck out to me the most. It was joyous and happy. This made me feel happy. It went from quiet to loud and fast and slow. It also had pauses throughout that kept the piece moving forward. Mann was very energetic. When he turned to the side I could see his huge smile, and then his goofy face.
The final piece was my favorite. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was amazing. There were fourteen parts to it. I’d have to say my favorite part was No. 5 Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells. It reminded me of chicks chirping and running around with half their shells on. In the beginning it seems as a nice stroll down a trail. I enjoyed how it went from soft to loud and back to soft. It...