Course: Introduction to Music
Date The concert is held on November 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Old Town Temecula Merc Theater
Concert: Lindsey Pino “Songs from Letters”
Type of concert: Voice and Orchestra
General Reaction: As I was seated and waiting for the concert to begin my initial reaction was that it was going to be an excellent performance. I spoke with a few people seated around me and all of them had been to at least two of Lindsey Pino’s concerts previously. I have attended some small high school orchestra performances and was involved in the orchestra for a very short period of time so my understanding of the set up and break down of the performance was at an acceptable level. Nevertheless, I did feel somewhat intimidated while seated amongst all the other individuals who seemed to be greatly invested in attending performances such as this one on a much more regular basis than myself. As the concert began, my general reaction was that she was very comfortable on stage, and I would expect nothing less. She carried herself with a strong sense of confidence that was reassuring, yet not over bearing as she twirled, danced, and gracefully floated her hands to the rhythm of the music.
Composition I liked best: Lindsey Pino sang a set of songs called "Songs from Letters" by prominent living composer, Libby Larsen. The text for this music was taken from letters written by Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey. I was extremely impressed by her impressive use of sopranos and tones that ultimately gave wave to create the beautiful music I got to experience, conducted by Dana Zimbric. The composition of the piece describes how Jane's letters express her memories of "Wild Bill," including delight to observe that Janey looks "So Like Your Father," and a proud recounting of a gun battle with outlaws: "He Never Misses." She counsels her daughter not to repeat her mistake of falling into jealousy, "A Man Can Love Two Women", and with defiance and rage justifies her life as "A Working Woman." Finally, in the last piece titled "All I Have, she makes her regretful yet tender farewell. This 13 minute piece proceeded with the use of sopranos, piano, and chamber ensemble which included the flute, clarinet, percussion, and strings.
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