On Sunday March 20, I went to the Faculty Artist Recital of Hong Wang on the cello and Ian Shapinsky on piano. Something that I found odd was that the duo was basically sitting with their backs to each other. I am used to positioning so that all musicians can see at least someone else, and it made me wonder why they sat like that. They played several classical pieces. Overall, this concert was very good.
Being a music ed major, it is important for me to go to as many concerts as I can. Every time I watch a musician, it helps me with my own musicianship. This concert provided a great opportunity to watch two awesome performers. I now have a better understanding of what it means to be a great musician.
One thing that I will remember about this performance long into the future, is the passion displayed by Wang and Shapinsky. They poured every part of themselves into the music, and you could see it through the physical motion they put into playing. At one point in time, it appeared that Shapinsky stopped breathing during one particularly dramatic section. His face grew redder by the second, and I was very glad when he finally breathed. It was quite clear that Wang and Shapinsky are serious about doing what they love.