This past Friday night was one of the most exciting concerts I have ever performed in my college career. This is my first semester being a member of the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra since in the past I was a member of the Purdue Wind Ensemble instead. We performed at 8pm at the Long Center, a music hall located across the bridge in West Lafayette. We performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music. We worked extremely hard to be able to perform this difficult piece of music and it was so rewarding to see the audience’s overwhelmingly positive response and standing ovation at the end of the symphony. We also performed a piece called “Estancia”, written by Alberto Evaristo Ginastera and a “Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra” by Debussy, another well-known French composer.
Another exciting performance we had this semester was on September 16th when we were able to perform with the Lafayette Ballet Company in their ballroom. The dancers performed alongside us in “Estancia” as well as the Debussy piece. This was very exciting to be able to perform with these impressive dancers and provide live music for them to perform to. It was challenging to coordinate the timing and rhythm with what they had been practicing to and we had been rehearsing but it ended up being one of the most exciting and entertaining performances I have yet to be a part of.
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