December 20, 2012

Eyes Closed, Ears Wide Open: American Bach Soloists

If you happen to see me while I am watching an ensemble in concert, you may find me closing my eyes from time to time. Fear not readers, I am not falling asleep! As a visually driven person, I can’t help but focus on music and musicians alike with my eyes open. But when I close my eyes, I can truly concentrate on each different aspect of the music emanating from the stage. After playing the violin for ten years I know that when playing with others in the same section the goal is to sound like a single instrument. So when I close my eyes I focus purely on what I hear rather than what I see. This action is akin to placing a whole forkful of a scrumptious meal into my mouth and just tasting all the flavors, and watching the American Bach Soloists was definitely the perfect helping of festive holiday songs! My favorite part of the show was when the stage grips pushed a harpsichord from stage right. Nowadays, unless you are listening to some underground avant-garde music you will rarely hear the instrument being played. So it was a real treat to be able to hear a harpsichord in person! 

Bridgétt Rangel-Rexford is the 2012–13 winner of the Mondavi Center Golden Ticket Social Media Contest. Chosen to be the social media storyteller for our 10th anniversary season, Bridgétt will blog about her experiences at Mondavi Center performances throughout the season. You can also check out her Sun Queen Blog.

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