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Concert Critique—After either attending a live concert or watching a full length

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Concert Critique—After either attending a live concert or watching a full length concert online, write a critique of the performance following the format below. The concert MUST be of music discussed up to this point in the course (band, chorus, orchestra, individual vocal or instrumental performances, etc.) or jazz (see
specific jazz list below). Country, pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, etc. are not accepted for this critique (submitting a critique on an inappropriate genre will result in a grade of 0). Please note that a full length concert is expected to be at least an hour in length; if you do not watch and critique an entire concert of multiple songs, there will be a deduction based on the length of what you did watch as compared to an hour long concert. (If you have a question about whether a specific concert will work for the critique, please email me).
A few examples of full length concerts you can find online (by conducting a Web search using the criteria below) that could be used for this assignment are below:
Bravo! Concerts from Vail Music Festival
Spirit of America in Concert – contains 22 songs that are on the right to create the entire concert
Classical Music Concerts in HD
Chris Botti in Boston Full Length Concert
Duke Ellington The Great Paris Concert
Richard Galliano/Winton Marsalis – Billie Holiday meets Edith PIAF
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra @ The BBC Proms 2004
You may choose a different concert video to watch, but be sure you include the URL of the concert you chose in your critique, or scan/take a picture of the program of the live concert you attended and attach it (if available). The musical style of the concert MUST include at least one of the genres studied in this course (i.e., not country, pop, R&B, hip hop, etc.).
The Concert Critique should contain 6 separate paragraphs that address the following questions of the concert you attended (NOTE: less paragraphs or questions will result in less points; APA style is required):
Who are the performers? Give the title of the concert and write something about the performers. Is it an orchestra? A choir? An ensemble? Solo artists? Why did you choose to attend this particular performance? Tell as much as you know about the musicians that performed – are they professionals? Students? Teachers? How long have they been performing? Etc.
Describe the music that was performed on the concert. Use the musical characteristics that we have been learning in class. What genre is the music (opera aria? Jazz song? Standard tune? Solo instrument piece? Symphony?)
What style period was the music written in? What was the tempo, dynamics, texture, etc.? Sometimes the music in a concert will be only one genre. Sometimes there will be several genres performed. Attach the program to your critique, and then refer to the titles in the program. For example: “Autumn Leaves” was performed by a small instrumental ensemble (guitar, bass, and percussion). It is a standard contemporary tune. The tempo was a moderately slow ballad. It had a very mellow sound…
Tell how well you think the performers interpreted the music that was on the concert. Were the singers in tune? Did the piano player play musically and rhythmically? Do you think the performers communicated the music as it was meant to be communicated by the composer?
Tell which pieces or part of the concert was your favorite. If you didn’t enjoy the concert very much, tell why you didn’t enjoy it. What could have been better? Be as specific as you can when expressing your opinion of the performance – don’t just write generalities like “It was nice” or “it made me feel like dancing”. Tell why the music made you feel like dancing. Write about why you particularly enjoyed that part of the concert.
Conclude your critique by summing up the performance and telling us if you would go to hear these performers again – or would invite your friends or family to hear this performance/performer(s).

 

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