Celebration At The Station, An Annual Concert Essay

1126 Words Jul 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
The performance I attended to fulfill the requirements for this paper was “Celebration at the Station,” an annual concert put on by the Kansas City Symphony honoring veterans and celebrating America. The concert was held outside Union Station, on the grounds of the National World War I Museum, in downtown Kansas City on May 24th, 2015 at 8pm. The concert was concluded by a magnificent fireworks display above the World War I Museum tower. Michael Stern is the conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and he was joined by guest musicians, The Elders. John Amos, a former National Football League player and famous “Roots” actor, narrated the evening which added to the concert put on by the symphony. Songs like “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Hymn to the Fallen,” “1812, Overture solennelle, op. 49,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” were played by the symphony, and sing-along songs were played as well including: “Yankee Doodle,” “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “America the Beautiful.” This concert was superb, in my opinion. All of the instrumentalists have worked hard and practiced countless hours to have the opportunity to audition for an ensemble such as the Kansas City Symphony. Michael Stern, the conductor, was very knowledgeable and you could tell how focused he was from the crowd. The musicians all have learned to play together with limitless rehearsals and the key elements to a good performance are highlighted in their playing. At the beginning of…

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