On Sunday night, the Fella, Fella's parents and I returned to the Kansas City Symphony. I think this is our fourth time this year? Ever since I saw a sneak peak of the Symphony's new home at Helzberg Hall, I knew I wanted to experience their music as much as possible.
One does not normally equate a 24-year-old and the stuffy symphony, but I've always enjoyed it. There's never a dull moment when you're watching the symphony. Every player and instrument is like eye candy. I could probably occupy myself for hours just watching the different rhythms and playing styles of all of the musicians, their expressions and reactions to the pieces.
Last night's performance was particularly exciting. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a movie get scored? I've seen clips of this before, with the musicians playing along to the film's score while the footage races across the screen, and I'd always thought it'd be cool to see something like that in person. Last night, I got about as close a taste as you can get this side of Hollywood thanks to Screenland at the Symphony! The series featured multiple nights of themed movie experiences. Our night, we watched clips from six great Rodgers and Hammerstein movies: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, State Fair, and of course The Sound of Music.
This. event. was. so. cool. The orchestra, led by conductor Aram Demirjian did a superb job of keeping pace with the film clips. More often than not, I forgot that I was at the symphony and instead focused on the moving pictures in front of me. Though I suppose that was the whole idea.
I so love that the Kansas City Symphony is taking chances like these. Traditional symphony shows are no longer drawing the crowds necessary to stay afloat; and shows like these kick off the dust and bring a fresh face to a beloved tradition. Like all philanthropic endeavors these days, the symphony is trying to attract a younger audience, and they are performing beautifully.