As firm comic book fans and music-lovers, we happily attended the Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS! III Concert: Heroes & Villains.
By arriving early we were able to take in the pre-concert discussion. Laura Thomas (conductor) sat down with a couple of performers from the show. It was an intimate discussion, filled with humor and insight, that delighted an audience as everyone slowly settled in their seats.
The entire performance had a professional but relaxed overtone. Laura’s passionate, casual, and funny personality really brought this concert to life for me. I was surprised that she took the time to describe how she picked the musical pieces. I was expecting to walk in and just have instruments playing at my face for hours. As our musical guide, Laura also called up an interesting discussion on what heroes and villains mean to her and how not all lines can be as clear cut as that; sometimes one person’s villain is another person’s hero.
The Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS! III concert included music selections from Star Wars, The Dark Knight, Superman, James Bond, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and many others. A stunningly beautiful piece that really stuck with me was Sacagawea. A haunting arrangement of music, Sacagawea speaks of mountains, rivers, and perseverance. It has a truly feminine quality to the sound that’s hard to define.
Sitting in my seat I realized how much I miss music. I played for a bit in high school and haven’t really touched it since. My instruments were percussion, which is really the grab-all of sections. If I had a few thousand dollars lying around to burn I’d buy a marimba and happily plunk away all day. For now, I’ll settle on watching others do it.
It was fun to watch the Symphony’s percussion section hopping from instrument to instrument during the performance. With so many percussion pieces and only a few guys, it really is a beautiful dance to watch.
In our home we are fierce supporters of creator rights and oppose any kind of copyright infringement. Too often these days you run across companies or people that don’t want to pay or obtain usage rights for something and just use it anyway. It’s terrible and people do get hurt. If you didn’t create it — you don’t get to use it without paying or getting approval. It’s incredibly simple people. Rant over 🙂
I want to really give the Niagara Symphony Orchestra credit. Before setting out to perform their concert, approval to perform certain songs was obtained by Disney. DC Comics happily provided images to display during a few selections; no unapproved images were shown during the concert. This speaks to the integrity of the organization. Bravo, guys… bravo!
Great news for music fans! There is still another concert coming up on April 28th. POPS! IV will feature The Magical Music of Disney. This event will bring the memorable melodies from the legendary studio of Walt Disney alive for one and all as the Niagara Symphony performs music from Mary Poppins to Beauty and the Beast and from Aladdin to The Lion King together with stunningly spectacular images from the Disney movies! As a personal Disney fan and lover of their music, I’m sure the audience will be in for quite the treat!
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
The NSO has been entertaining Niagara since 1948 participating in events throughout the Region from summer concerts along the wine route featuring Canadian artists such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Adam Cohen, Royal Wood & Sarah Slean to wowing the crowd on the water at Welland’s annual Illuminaqua and celebrating Canada Day in St. Catharines’ Market Square. The Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) brings inspiration and excitement to the Region’s arts and culture scene through our awe-inspiring 52-member orchestra. With performances for all audiences, we aim to enrich, entertain and educate.
Special thanks to Terry Babij for providing us the beautiful photography (and allowing us to sit in our seats for a change)!