Here’s the latest from Amy Kay, our NSO Youth Ambassador…
East Port Properties Big Band Show – January 26, 2018
Friday, January 27th I attended the NSO’s big band show. It was an amazing concert with great contrast between the first and second act. There was also an electric atmosphere throughout the whole show.
The first act of the night was Mark Fewer playing Changing Seasons and it was incredible. Fewer’s violin concerto was brilliant. He was amazing at conveying each new emotion as the seasons changed throughout the piece. The orchestral accompaniment by the NSO was absolutely exquisite. When they were replicating the sound of wind you wouldn’t have been able to tell it wasn’t just wind whistling outside. It was perfect.
Before this night my knowledge of ELO was limited. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second half of this show. One thing I didn’t expect though, was Jody Richardson coming on stage in a gold suit. Jody Richardson’s energy engaged everyone. The way that the other vocalists were dancing along on stage really encouraged the audiences enthusiasm. When Mark Fewer came back on stage for a few songs it pushed the whole performance over the top. The whole theater was clapping, or tapping, along to the beat for most of the show.
All in all, this show was quite different from past NSO performances but still just as good. I’m definitely looking forward to their next Masterworks.
Sing We Joyous- November 25, 2017
Saturday, November 25th I attended the matinee show of Sing We Joyous. I was absolutely amazed. It was such an excellent concert and a great start to the Christmas season.
The Atlantic Boychoir were wonderful. Their voices blended beautifully. They were singing many different harmonies at the same time but you never lost them, you could always hear what each group was singing. Their soloists were fantastic, also.
The NSO were incredible, as always. The balance between the symphony and the choir was very good. You could always hear both clearly and neither overpowered the other. The trumpeters were impeccable. I very much enjoyed their little section.
The little sing along they had near the end was really fun, too. They had a mix of different carols and songs and the whole audience was invited to join in. From what I heard most everyone did. A few people around me were even dancing along to the music and there were smiles on everyone’s faces.
It was an amazing concert. I hope I get to see the Atlantic Boychoir perform again, and as always, I can’t wait until the next NSO performance.
Masterworks 2- November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17th 2017 I attended the NSO’s second masterworks of the season. It was absolutely incredible and I loved it just as much as the last. The fire with which Mr. Marc David conducts ignites both the symphony and the audience.
The NSO were incredible, as always. Their versatility never ceases to amaze me. I cannot even imagine what it’s like to be playing so many different styles of music a year. The (bag)piper was wonderful, as well. He played with such skill that you would think it was easy. It was a very nice surprise to hear him play.
Blake Pouliot was absolutely phenomenal. The emotion with which he played is unparalleled. He could draw you in until you were completely mesmerized. Pouliot’s movement and facial expression pushed the whole performance over the top. Meeting him was a great experience, he was very sociable and easygoing. He interacted delightfully with everyone at intermission.
There were even more elementary, junior high, and high school students there this time. They had very interesting things to say about the music. It was easy to tell that they were all engaged during the performance; due to the enthusiasm with which they spoke.
Masterworks 1 – September 22, 2017
Friday September 22nd, I attended the NSO’s first Masterworks of the season as the Youth Ambassador. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget for many reasons and I cannot wait until the next Masterworks.
Everyone I met and talked to were very nice, and were eager to try to improve the experience in anyway they could. Mr. Hugh Donnan, the NSO’s CEO, was highly spirited, funny, and a great guide. Mr. Marc David was a very kind person, and, of course, is a very talented conductor. It was a dream come true to meet such a talented and skillful pianist such as André Laplante.
The skill of every member of the NSO is astounding. They had my complete attention from the first few notes of O Canada. I was hanging off of every note through the whole performance. They created such an enticing atmosphere that you didn’t want to look away. There was not a single bow or breath out of place. When it came to Laplante’s solo during Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor it was completely silent. If there was any noise before that point it stopped immediately. Laplante is absolutely phenomenal.
Getting to talk to everyone at intermission was great too. It was wonderful to see so many elementary, junior high, and high school students and to get to talk to them all. They all had very interesting things to say and I found it quite gratifying. I also got offered an amazing opportunity to further my skills on the clarinet.