The Blair Academy music ensembles travelled to New York City in early March to attend a concert at Lincoln Center. The world-renowned New York Philharmonic presented a repertoire featuring pieces by Grieg and Dvorak, the show concluding with a piano concerto performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
After receiving their tickets from a faculty chaperone, Blair students excitedly proceeded into Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall to take their seats in the theater. The vast space contained four levels of seating, with Blair students and faculty seated on the uppermost level.
The show opened with an easily recognizable piece. The themes of “Peer Gynt Suite No.1” by Grieg have been popularized by television and film. Among these well-known melodies are “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “Morning.”
The second piece of the evening, Dvorak’s 8th symphony, is a particularly cheerful piece by the Romantic era composer. Its four movements consist of varying themes, many of which were inspired by Bohemian music.
After a brief intermission, the Philharmonic began its final piece. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a famous French pianist, performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with accompaniment from the orchestra. The pianist displayed his expertise through his perfect rendition of the complex concerto.
Blair’s musicians found the concert to be a compelling experience. Flutist Emma Abbott ’20 noted, “[the show] allowed me to experience types of music that I wouldn’t necessarily seek out myself.” Many students reflected Emma’s view of the concert. Hearing the music of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center was an enjoyable way for the Blair music ensembles to complement their learning in class.
(Copyright 2019 Abbigail Morris)