Fall in love with classical music – The Prospector

Whether you know it or not, your life has been surrounded by classical music. It’s everywhere – from the latest Marvel blockbuster and The Simpsons, to video games, rock bands, hip-hop snippets and number 1 pop hits. It’s embedded at every turn of our culture. Sure, it might not elicit the same head-butting, full-lungs screaming, spirited response as popular music today, but it’s cool.

It is not marked and presented to us as we have come to expect from our entertainment today. There are no major light shows, no backup dancers behind an alluring, sexy artist selling us the music. It’s not the industrial product we’ve come to love. Maybe that’s why so many people describe it as boring or outdated. Yet it lasts.

This column is a new venture from yours truly, thanks to the editors of The Prospector, to explore why it’s not just your grandparents who think classical music is so cool; why people may turn away from it, what’s so important about it and what it takes to make a career out of it. Most importantly, this column will endeavor to celebrate, promote and honor the many talented musicians and artists we have studied in and around UTEP and our Sun City.

There are many facets of our music and theater program here at UTEP, and local organizations are on hand to take advantage of them! No need to spend big bucks for an off-Broadway feature or live performance. Most live performances here at UTEP are free to UTEP students and faculty. Full disclosure – I’m biased. After working professionally as a sports journalist for the past decade, the music kept calling me. And so I found myself at UTEP again, fulfilling a lifelong quest to pursue a music degree.

Mastering a musical instrument, voice or composition is no different than what an athlete undertakes in the pursuit of excellence in their sport. Hours of training, mental toughness and focus are required, muscular agility and endurance, and the ability to perform under pressure is a must. Symphony concert lovers appreciate this, just as much as sports enthusiasts appreciate a widereceiver catching a touchdown pass, a forward scoring a goal, or a sprinter breaking a world record. Similarly, budding pianists and violinists idolize Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn, just as a budding basketball player would long for Lebron James. We are one in the same.

Each week we are fortunate to have esteemed musicians and artists visiting our campus. Last week, for example, we had one of the main musicians of the Broadway musical “Wicked” and the Santa Fe Opera, Margaret Dyer, teaching a viola masterclass here and performing a solo piece. with our UTEP symphony!

The influence of classical music is undeniable and its continued relevance allows it to endure through the ages. I hope that over the next few months more students will give it a chance and help support the performing arts here on campus.

EVENTS TO COME:

Che Ullibari Senior Trombone Recital from Studio Frank Otero

Sunday February 6, 2022 5:00 p.m.

Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

UTEP Symphony Wind Concert

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

El Paso Pro Music Chamber Music Festival

With Camerata Del Sol

Friday, February 11, 2022, 7:30 PM

Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

Rebecca Reza is a contributor and can be contacted at [email protected]: @RebeccaReza on Instagram.

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