Music & Imagination


Callum’s review of the March 15, 2013 concert by the CSO & Chorus:

My dad and I went to a concert last night with the Canton Symphony Chorus and a small (chamber) version of the orchestra. It was great as usual.

The first piece they played was La Tempesta di Mare by Salieri. I liked it. Most of the other pieces on this concert had choir, but this one didn’t. It was just for orchestra. And the Canton Symphony played it really well.

The next piece on the program was Water Night by Eric Whitacre. I thought the words for this piece were really weird, but cool. They weren’t as weird as the weirdest poem I’ve ever heard, but I thought they were almost that weird. The weirdest poem I’ve ever heard is called Lions Are Growing.  My dad played a really weird recording of it for me sort of as a joke a long time ago. Here it is on YouTube, in case you’re curious: Lions Are Growing

And I know this is going to sound weird too, but for some reason while I listened to Water Night and read the words at the concert, I started to picture a unicorn with silver eyes at night in water that was reflecting moonlight, and for some reason I was picturing it as part of the book The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, when two horses are being chased by two lions. I read a book a while ago in the school library about how computers are great, but the brain is so much more amazing, because one single thought can open up tons of different ideas in a split second. I think that’s one of the many reasons I love music so much, is that it really can open up your imagination. And Eric Whitacre’s music sounds absolutely awesome in this piece. I thought it was very dissonant a lot of times, but it all fit together. I really loved this piece, and the chorus sounded amazing.

Then they sang a shorter piece called At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by Williametta Spencer. I really liked this piece, too, and they sounded great again. Both of these pieces were just for the chorus without the orchestra, and I thought it was amazing that right before they started singing, someone played just one note on what sounded like a harmonica, and they got all the notes in their first chord from that, and stayed in tune.


Then the orchestra played the next piece without the chorus, and it ended up being my favorite. It was called Lacuna, and it was written for the Canton Symphony by a composer named Matt Smith. I think it is really good that the Canton Symphony has composers write new pieces for them to play. And I’m really glad they had Matt Smith write this piece, because if not, it might have never been written, at least not exactly like this, and I thought it was awesome. My dad and I looked him up on Google after the concert, and we found a Facebook page about his music, and I thought it was cool that he’s older than I am, but we have some things in common. Like, he started taking piano when he was 6 like I did, and then trombone when he was 12, and I was 10, and he really liked music for video games and movies, and so do I, and he likes building things like I do, and seems to like taking things apart, especially computers, and I really love doing that.

After seeing his picture, there was someone that looked just like him who sat in front of us at the concert and we wondered if it was actually him. But I don’t think he was there. I also really liked the saying he has on that Facebook page. It says “Music is awesome. I’m gonna make some more.” I love that. One of the things that made his piece so different was that in some places it used notes that are actually in between the notes we are used to hearing. So that sounded really different and cool. It reminded me of a couple months ago when I decided to figure out how to play Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana on the piano. There were a couple notes I couldn’t play exactly on the piano because they would have been somewhere in between the keys. So they were basically like some of the notes he used in this piece.

Then the last piece on the program, which was the longest one, was for the orchestra and the chorus, and I loved that one, too. It was Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, and it was really beautiful. And of course they all sounded great as usual. Britt Cooper did a great job conducting this piece and the other chorus pieces, and Rachel Waddell also did a great job conducting the orchestra pieces.

I’m really glad we went to this concert, and I hope a lot of people go tonight when they perform the concert again. Hopefully it will sell out just like the first two did.

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