At the 2nd half of the concert yesterday, the Chorale, Voices Rising, and the Concert Orchestra performed Hope, a piece written by Gary Frye, who is on staff at MYA.
I loved this piece! First, there was a narration by John Hultman. The whole thing was inspired by president Obama's speech. The music was interesting. I really liked the way the word "hope" sung in 4 part harmony swelled over the orchestra. I also liked how the orchestra and the singing balanced each other out. Each part was equally important. The music filled me with joy and hope.
I'm not sure how to say how much I liked it, except to say that I loved every minute of it. I want to hear it again. They are performing it next in New York. Maybe I should go there to hear it again...
I am 18 years old. I am in 12th grade. I homeschool in the afternoons, and I go to Stevenson High School for Band, AP Physics, AP Government, and AP Economics in the mornings. I like homeschooling, because my work isn't restricted by other students, and I can go at my own pace. Plus, I have lots of time to play my clarinet.
I want to be a professional musician, so I have to practice a lot. I play at least 3 hours a day, usually more.
I play in 2 wonderful youth orchestras, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Midwest Young Artists, and I am a member of the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble. I have also had the privilege of being a member of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA for the past 2 years.
Mozart wrote in a letter to Anton Stadler, "I would not have thought that a clarinet could imitate the human voice so deceptively as you imitate it. Your instrument is so soft, so delicate in tone that no one who has a heart can resist it."