Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Beauty of Live Music

Hey Miss T!

How long has it been since you have been to a performance or concert of a live symphonic band, orchestra or philharmonic? I think every person on earth should ask him or herself this question twice a year.

For myself, it had been well over 2 years since I've enjoyed group musicianship in a concert setting until this past Thursday night. I attended the BYU Insturmental Showcase which featured the BYU Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. It was a sensation. I had completely forgotten:
A: How much I LOVE classical music
B: How exciting LIVE music is

As I watched the conductor directing the wind symphony, he bounced up and down on his toes lightly, his baton moving oh so lightly to the rhythm with swift side jerks in the direction of the flutes, then the clarinets, and occasionally to the oboes. All of the musicians were in their concert black, accent jewelry her and there sparkling from stage with the sway of the music. The marching rhythm of the band tunes carried me back to many a band concert where I watched the trombone section, cheeks blowing in and out, arms extending and retracting, a brother or two in unison with the whole section.

Then the orchestra came out. Oh the orchestra! Strings are just lovely instruments. The color is beautiful, the shape is elegant, and the sound so classic. I felt enriched the moment they began. I felt as if I were cultured, and enjoying something that unites humanity throughout the ages. The timeless classic Jupiter from Holst's orchestral suite The Planets finished off the night. For nearly a century this music has been inspiring people of the unexplored universe that we live in. And centuries beyond that celebrate other masterpieces that bring out everything good within us.

So, I would just recommend that you ask yourself the question, when was the last time you enjoyed some live classical music? And if it's been more than 6 months or so...schedule yourself a cultural event and go see a symphony, or even a high school orchestra! You will not be disappointed.

Love, KK


  1. Does listening/watching to Little Einsteins count as classical music?

  2. Nothing beats a live concert. The last one we went to was at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square (a year ago.) It was free and wonderful.

  3. i think that when you are a mother Little Einsteins counts. oh and just so you know tenly i think that you are going to pop first. just throwing that one out there.