Sunday, October 22, 2017

Orchestra and kids: constant commotion!

Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (LSO) performed their fall Family Concert this afternoon at O'Donnell Auditorium on the Wesleyan Campus. Maestro Polochick became a lovable father figure of the orchestra as they went about introducing the instrument families to the lost dog, "Treble," actor T. Adam Goos.

For those who've never attended a Family Concert, it's preceded by crafts, photo booth, and instrument "petting zoo" (where kids can take turns playing different instruments). As you head in for the concert, kids receive their programs and a pack of crayons--they can color the picture on their programs and turn it in at the end of the concert for a chance to win a prize!

The concert never lasts more than an hour and yet it's full of a variety of classics and the fun interactions between the orchestra and the actor.

This performance kept the kids moving and learning rhythm, dynamics, conducting, low/high, and all the sections of the orchestra! Each section took turns introducing itself and playing "Linus and Lucy"--strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion!

A perfect introduction to the orchestra and the world of music and fun for all ages. Save the date for the next Family Concert with LSO on March 4th, 2018.

Friday, October 20, 2017

A captivating choral evening

The Glenn Korff School of Music offered a delightful evening of choral music featuring the All-Collegiate Choir, University Women's Chorale, and Varsity Men's Chorus. Despite the full program and number of performers--the concert lasted just over an hour and each work that was featured was sung with energy and enthusiasm even as the styles changed drastically.

The choir, soloists, and organ beautifully began the concert with Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. The other choirs featured shorter works some with vibrant energy and rhythm and some with harmonies that set hearts soaring with some favorites being Svatba sung by the University Women's Chorale and Oba Se Je performed by the Varsity Men's Chorus with percussion by Dakota Mathew.

The youth of the choirs and the large number of students joining together to sing made it an evening to share in their youth and enthusiasm: You can listen and experience it as well HERE.