I brought 4 guests with me to hear the concert. They so enjoyed the music that 3 had tears in their eyes and 1 of my friends was crying. The concert was breathtaking! Not only was Itzhak Perlman superb(!), but DePaul's orchestra was at the top of their game! Additionally, we had 2nd row seats and with the concert hall set up as it is, it felt like we were one with the orchestra. This was the best classical music concert that I have attended in more than 20 years.
A memorable evening of music making. Your faculty, so many of whom play in the CSO, outdid themselves. Seeing Alex Klein again was a very special treat. I will probably never ever hear some of the works performed again, e.g. the piece for 3 bassoons. Thank you, congrats on the new hall,
from a friend in Bozeman, MT.
This concert was wonderful! Ana Maria Martinez was stunning, marvelous. The orchestra and conductor were top notch. The student singers who performed were also top notch. The music on the program was varied, beautiful, and captivating. We drove all the way from Minneapolis to hear our son play in the orchestra and were treated to this first class concert. Hats off to DePaul Music program for providing audiences and students with this first class experience. Thank you!
The Wind Symphony performed excellently, in the wonderful new concert hall. It was interesting to view the video regarding the construction of the new facility, and it made me appreciate the woodworking much more, especially the front wall which looks like drapery, yet is really wood.
I especially liked the "conductorless" piece, in which the students needed to listen and watch each other for cues. The balance and coordination was very good.
As a performer myself, I understand purposeful stage seating, yet it was disappointing to have to wait after EVERY piece, while chairs were being reset. Please, in the future, minimize this. There was also a great deal of "noodling" as the students re-took their seats. This is not necessary, not is if fun to listen to. Lastly, encourage careful listening to pitch. Many of the brass section tended sharp. Lower the major thirds, raise the minor thirds, and make sure the open intervals are spot-on. Lastly, I think the ensemble could benefit by having at least one more tuba.
The performers were absolutely outstanding. Having played oboe myself, I must say I was amazed by Ashley Ertz's playing and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was however, disturbed by a woman and some children who kept talking during especially the last half of the concert. I don't know what can be done about that except for ushers (and they can't be too shy to do this) monitoring the audience more and quietly telling people to be considerate. I almost did myself, but I was a few rows in front of them and didn't want to draw even more attention. Other than that, the players did a fantastic job.