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:: Sunday, April 27th, 2003 @ 1:14:15 am

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We (the Stanford Chamber Strings) performed tonight in a gated community for elderly folk down in San Jose. The program included Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons (Spring), Bach Double Violin Concerto, Pachebel’s Canon, Elgar Serenade, and Mozart Divertimento (which we also played a couple of years ago). Even though it was a pretty cheesy program (you know — the sort of music that even non-classical music lovers can appreciate) I had a great time. :) The St. Lawrence String Quartet had performed at this same venue not long ago, and Geoff said that the audience probably enjoyed this performance more than their earlier performance — despite the difference in “quality” of music — because this show’s repertoire was more accessible, and because a bunch of young folk were playing. It’s sad, but that’s the way classical music works sometimes.:) Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to record our performance because we got lost on the way there. The soloists (Caroline Campbell, Jim Chou, Barry Shiffman, and Geoff Nuttall) all kicked serious ass.

After the show we rushed out in order to get to Korea House before closing time. Luckily, we made it and had a huge, satisfying feast. :) Photos -> [see some photos]

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  • norm

    Let’s pretend, just for arguments sake, that I am a “non-classical music lover” but that I recognize the error of my ways and would like to become more of a lover of said music. What method would you propose?
    (remember, this is not me I am talking about… but, um, a friend.)

  • http://dynamiqvision.com/akuma Chris

    Well there isn’t a lot of apperiation for the “more deeper” classical music. But Pachebel Canon. My favorite song. :D

  • echeng

    did you know that the cello part for pachelbel is the SAME TWO MEASURES repeated for the entire length of the piece?

    let me tell you: it blows. :)

  • http://www.enjelani.net enjelani

    and it’s all half notes too, isn’t it? :) no rhythmic variety, even.

  • echeng

    I think the last note is a whole note. but i’m not sure because i’ve never used the music to play the part. :)

  • http://www.baditude.net Eryn

    heh…and Norm’s cry for help goes almost completely unheard. Pooor norm.

    Hey…your some sort of college kid these days right? WHy not take a music appreciation class or something?

    -E

  • Macadamer

    poo chee poo chee poo

    my pal lau’s got three for Pacelbel

    joo goo lay

    my sassy girl

    its beautiful simplicitay

    poo chee poo chee poo

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/acting_girl fiona

    jugule, yourself! funny how a My Sassy Girl comment’s made its way into this comment section. =)

  • echeng

    i got my buddy peter into classical music by buying him a bunch of mozart string quartet CDs. he actually started to crave listening to them, and knew them quite well! not long after, i performed one of them (at my housewarming a few years back — remember?), which he said he really enjoyed.

    so .. maybe start there? yeah. mozart string quartets.

    and some good piano stuff: bach’s goldberg variations and mozart piano sonatas, maybe. if you move too far forward in time, you might have to start using some neural connections you haven’t developed yet. :

  • norm

    Right. And we certainly want to avoid neural development at ALL costs.

    Those sounds good… I’ll start there…

  • http://www.klovous.com/blog klovous

    The following “classical” tunes have never fail me when I play them for others.

    Shostakovitch
    Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93 – Don’t drive while listing to the Allegro. it’s quite intense and pedestrians could be hurt.

    Michael Nyman
    String Quartet No. 2 – The best thing to have in your radio-alarm clock. No matter how sleepy you are you WILL WAKE UP. Warning: It starts loud and sudden so you may want to adjust your volume ;)

    Tavener
    The Protecting Veil (for the Cello fans) – Very intense, but very slow…

    And for the seasoned folks… Nothing hits the lush spot like some good old Arvo Part or Hovhaness :)

  • Jeff

    lush spot?? My imagination is running wild.
    Can I get any of these remedial classics on disk or should I start searching for downloads?

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