Asst. Arts and Entertainment Editor
A symphony orchestra has the ability to tell extraordinary stories of love, determination and melancholy through music. However, that’s not always the case. Many musical masterpieces sometimes become the results of inspiration from events that happened in their lives.
Felix Mendelosshn found his overture piece during a trip to the British Isles. He visited the Scottish island of Staffa, near a sea cave called Fingal’s cave. Apparently, the composer immediately took notes during this time, scribbling the opening theme for “Overture The Hebrides.” This is what music director, Thomas Kociela, informed attendees about before starting that same composition to kick off Rhode Island College’s Symphony Orchestra concert Thursday.
The first half showed promise right off the bat as Kociela guided his bandmates through the selection pieces through careful, almost calculating persistence. The orchestra exhibited stellar performances and were able to follow the conductor’s lead. Kociela even encouraged the audience to clap their praises for his team and a few standout performers, such as Nathan Quillet.
Following the “Concerto for Oboe and Strings,” Quillet was a standout performer thanks to his mastery with the clarinet. He carried the selection throughout, harmonizing alongside his team as they worked together with the assistance of the conductor.
Additionally, Quillet showed an air of confidence as he took center stage, which is something every musician needs, especially at a live concert.
After a brief intermission, the second half of the show began with a more ambitious and high-energy composition, “Symphony #4, Op.60.” From the mind of Ludwig Beethoven, the selection of songs in the second part offers a sense of playfulness, fast pacing and clock-like rhythm featured throughout the four selections before ending on a spirit rousing note.
RIC’s Symphony Orchestra held a great concert for the whole family to enjoy. They typically hold a total of four concerts each academic year; free of charge. The amount of dedication and effort from these gifted people is nothing short of awe-inspiring and it shows. Not only are you supporting your college, but promising young musicians in the making as well.
The orchestra also rehearses Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is open to any RIC student, music major or not.