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My First Orchestra, MAGICO

By Zachary Davis

The Symphony Orchestra “Magico” has nine different pieces with the first four before intermission being, Intermezzo from Goyescas composed by Enrique Granados, Sevilla from Suite Espagnole op. 47 composed by Isaac Albeniz, Luces Mexicana’s (Mexican Lights) Composed by Eduardo Magallanes, El Salon Mexico composed by Aaron Copland in 1935. After the Intermission we were welcomed with five more stunning pieces beginning with, Joyeuse Marche composed by Emmanuel Chabrier in 1888, Sones Y Huapangos composed by Eduardo Magallanes, Tres Viejos Airs and Dance composed by Joaquin Rodrigo, Espana Rhapsody composed by Emmanuel Chabrier, with the night ending with Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo.

The ambience of the venue really gave me appreciation for the orchestra and the people who love and attend them. As someone who goes to a lot of rap concerts, where concert goers are not so friendly, I was taken back at how friendly other patrons were. As soon as I entered the building, I was greeted kindly and was directed to where I needed to go. While being in the waiting area of the symphony, I thought I would stand out based on my race, but as everyone started to mingle around, I slowly started to feel more welcome as I was greeted by multiple people that I thought would not talk to me. One gentleman and his wife made my girlfriend and I feel welcome, he began telling us about the various symphonies they have attended, and how they too originally felt they would not fit in. We took our seats about fifteen minutes before the show started, that way we would not “dis-concert” anyone around us. Many people were still chatting, and others were looking through the concert brochure. As the lights started to dim, I felt my body getting more excited, at that moment I knew I was ready to get out of my comfort zone and start expanding the diversity of different cultures in my life.

As the musicians started to perform, I instantly began to gain an appreciation for how much it takes just to perform one piece. I was in awe of the conductor’s ability to lead the orchestra just like a sports star like Tom Brady would lead his team. The orchestra was so in sync I felt as if they had been playing these pieces their whole life. The violinist also intrigued me because of the shift of pace. At one moment the violinist would go very fast with their bow and then quickly change pace and go slow. Even the triangle played an important role in the orchestra. Every musician showed their passion and love for music as well as their hard work they put into this performance. Because of the passion I saw in their performance, I gained an instant respect for their craft.

One of the pieces that really stood out to me was titled “Luces Mexicana’s” or in English “Mexican Lights”. I think what really captive this performance for me was the huge monitor that hung over the stage. The screen displayed children and family’s everyday lives in Mexico. The orchestra had the perfect Spanish sounding rhythm and tone, it sounded like we were at a Mexican festival. This performance like the others, had no words but, I felt that the image presentation really was important in making the piece of Luces Mexicana’s come to life.

            A few days after the symphony, I found myself looking up and listening to one of the pieces on Youtube. That moment was mind opening to me because it was then I realized I was not just intrigued by the orchestra that night, but that I still was intrigued after the event. Ever since attending the Symphony, my love for orchestra has grown. I even found myself looking up composers like Aaron Copland and Isaac Albeniz so I could hear more of their classic work.

Going to this event opened my eyes to being in a different culture. Being around others that enjoy the sounds of the orchestra really made me believe that everybody has something different that they are passionate about.

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