A Classical Performance: Symphony Orchestra Plays for FAMU for a Night

The crowd was slim, but the music radiated through the auditorium in lee hall. The Munich Symphony Orchestra is a collection of 55.

Florida A&M’s Lyceum Series presented The Munich Symphony, featuring Philippe Entremont as their last event of the fall semester. The event started at 7:30 p.m. with an introduction from Shelby Chipman, the associate professor and associate director of bands at FAMU. He greeted and welcomed the crowd with assurance that the night will be filled with surprises.

The orchestra began with “Mozart Sernade No.6 in D major,” written by Famous European Cmposer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, under the direction of Entremont, a well-known conductor and piano soloist.

“I generally had no favorite piece to perform,” said Entremont. “Everything they performed I liked.”

“Like a Chef in a kitchen you hope that it will be pleasing for the audience and communicates what someone else has written,” Entremont said.

Wolfgang Simons, the orchestra’s management, said preparing is what they did the most of the time.

“Most of the musicians practice during their leisure time in the hotel,” said Simons. “They were effective and focused. Some nights there was only enough time for thirty minutes stage rehearsal.”

The orchestra then played “Piano Concerto No.12 in a major K.414” which was composed by Mozart in 1782.

Jamon Green, a fifth-year music education student from Orlando, said the crowd’s reaction was definitely in the musicians favor.

“I felt as though the musicians were well-rehearsed,” said Green. “The seriousness of the music chosen made a great performance.

The last piece kept the audience in tune. The selection was called Verkalarte Nacht, meaning (Transfigured Night), and was composed in 1899 by Arnold Schoenberg.

Isaac Carter, a fourth-year music industry student from Tampa, said the night was filled with various emotions.

“The Musical Selection was very dynamic and it felt as though you were in the middle of a film score recording,” said Carter. “You can vividly paint the picture in your mind of the incredible movie presented through sound.

Powerful, emotional, romantic, heroic and scary, the selection touches on every single musical emotion of the human mind”.

The orchestra has performed in Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida. The program began Oct. 8 and played two weeks from Arizona to California.