Attending a symphony is akin to a first date. While going on a first date, you are assured you always receive a good meal at a nice restaurant. Attending the FM symphony, you are going to experience wonderful music, the reservation is whether that music will agree with you.
At the concert on Jan. 21 the music was very agreeable. The symphony, under the direction of Bernard Rubenstein, delivered three wonderful pieces.
The first, “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy is a slow-to-start crescendo piece. The symphony takes you on a strange trip, moving at different tempos and ranges through the piece.
The much more intense piece by Frederic Chopin, “Piano Concerto No. 2,” was more up-tempo and more to my style. Enjoying seeing a whole symphony moving at a brisk pace is why I attend the symphony. Working together as one, they executed this piece without a flaw. The piano played by Jihye Chang Sung was exceptional. She moved across the keys with grace and pose, stopping the audience in amazement.
“The Petrcouchka” by Igor Stravinsky was a wonderfully played piece by the symphony. The fast tempo at the beginning was executed flawlessly and the whole assemble played together in perfect harmony.
The next concert series is March 17 and 18 at the NDSU Festival Concert Hall. If you would like to expand your horizons and take in a little culture, I would highly recommend it. Tickets are $18 with a student ID.
BY ANDREW THOMASON