Sunday, May 10, 2009

A week of Concerts

This has been a week of concerts for me. My main form of entertainment venue during the past 6 months has been attending stage plays, some were musicals and some were straight acting plays. But this week, I went to 3 concerts!

The first was a concert by the University of Mo adult choir and orchestra (group with community members forming the orchestra and chorus--meaning OLD people), plus a second act by their 16 voice a capella student choir. Both groups were great, and I finally got to attend an event at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, a new performance venue in our city. I guess it has been there for a while, but I've never had a chance to attend an event there. The place and the entertainment were very good.

The next night, I attended a jazz concert at our college theatre presented by the actor from Stepping Out, and three of his friends. They did jazz improv for an hour, and we were ready to hear more! All were very good. I was "jazzed" up by the music that night, and couldn't calm down to go to sleep until 3:30 a.m.! Adrenaline will do that to a person!

Then last night, my brother invited me to hear the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus do their rendition of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. For those who might not know about this work, it is the one that has "Ode to Joy" as the finale. There were 120 members of the chorus on stage, plus 80 instrumentalists. What a joyous sound that whole group made! I got goosebumps, lumps in my throat, tears in my eyes, all of that from that final chorus! Very entertaining.

So, I've had a lot of entertainment, and I'm humming "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee" the words we use in church when we sing Ode to Joy. Great concerts, and a great week.

1 comment:

Mama Martha said...

Our grade school, middle school and high school bands play a concert each spring & Ode To Joy is their combined piece. Even at that age it gives me goosebumps.