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A Night Worth The Wait: The GUC Music Ensemble’s Classical Salon

Posted on 01. Mar, 2015 by in Features

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Ohoude Khadr,The Music Academy manager and the ensemble’s performers.


Like any other normal Thursday, I was in rags, or in other words, a lab coat, stuck in a laboratory and late as usual. But that night was different. When the clock struck 6, my white coat had to disappear. The day underwent a total transformation as I got ready for a Classical music night by the GUC Music Ensemble.

Taking a deep breath before the concert, I freed my mind completely, and I’m glad I did, because as the pianist started playing the magical tunes by the famous Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, I was swept off my feet to another world, away from reality and no longer in the music room, I was in a ballroom in that romantic era, dancing, or more like floating, to Chopin’s Valse piece freely. I never wanted to come back down and I was extremely pleased that I didn’t for 4 whole pieces, including “Valse 14,” “Polonez A-dur,” and “Raindrop.”

Eventually I was dragged back to reality, but in a few seconds, I was enjoying the soothing sound of a guitar solo cover of “River Flows in You,” which is originally a piano piece by Yiruma,  followed by a duet of guitar and piano that made my heart completely melt.  Afterwards they played 2 pieces by the greatest classical composer of all times: Bach, one on the piano and the other was a concerto for 2 violins. The powerful violinists took us to a battle where they both used notes as weapons. The extreme switch in mood, surprisingly, wasn’t annoying, it was actually delightful and exciting.

The highlight of the night was when they closed the Classical Salon with 2 of the most beautiful pieces written by the magnificent Beethoven who happens to be my personal favorite. And in the words of one of the pianists describing his sonata “Moonlight”: “It’s like reading chapters of a book, the beginning doesn’t have to be an indication of how it ends. And Beethoven chose the most difficult extraordinary ending.”
Needless to say, goosebumps filled every inch of my body and everyone around me. I could barely breathe properly as the pianist hit the last note.

Unlike any other Music Ensemble concert, the performances were serving the purpose of reviving these timeless classical tunes through an emotional journey into the inner mind and soul, and that’s exactly how it affected me.
Also, some informative facts were said by the musicians (about both composers and pieces), helping to set the mood for taking an extraordinary trip to the time when music was the international language. The real question is, having been postponed twice before, was it worth the wait? My only reply to that would be: They didn’t miss a beat, but they sure made my heart skip one. It was, by all means, a night worth the wait.


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