Tuesday, April 1, 2008
My name is Christopher Jones and I’ve been asked to share my experiences leading up to the Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union’s performance of the Verdi Requiem at Lincoln Center. I am a senior violin performance and music education major at Ithaca College. Currently, I sit concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead the ensemble in our upcoming performance.
As a senior, I have the unique perspective of having played in the Symphony Orchestra the last time Ithaca College performed at Lincoln Center. This past performance took place during my freshman year (Spring of 2005) and featured Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Thinking back on that experience, I can honestly say that it was one of the highlights of my four years at Ithaca College. Not only did I play on a stage that has been graced by some of the world’s most famous and accomplished musicians, but being positioned closest to the piano, I was called upon to play the tuning A from the piano. Thank goodness for “Keyboard Musicianship” class! To this day, I still boast of my “piano solo” in Alice Tully Hall. :)
I am also fortunate to have played the Verdi Requiem during my high school years with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. From this experience, I know the Requiem to be an incredible piece of music that seemingly “has something for everyone.” The work features soloists, a choir, and a full symphony orchestra. Given Verdi’s affinity for opera, it is no surprise that the entire piece is extremely dramatic. Verdi’s orchestration is superb, and the difficultly and intricacy of the music presents unique challenges to the instrumentalists.
I look forward to sharing my experiences as we continue rehearsing this masterpiece of the orchestral and choral literature.
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