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Helen Mengqi Qin 24355944 On Wednesday March 16, 2016, I attended the 63 rd Annual Noon Concert Series at Hertz Hall, performed by the University Baroque Ensemble that was presented by Berkeley’s music department. The Hertz Concert Hall is very intimate and small enough that every seat has a good view of the stage where the musicians performed. The space also allowed sound to travel and delivered great acoustics. As an audience member, I was able to clearly hear every sound and note despite sitting toward the back of the hall. Although it was a noon concert on a weekday, the concert hall was filled with an audience mainly composed of seniors, dressed in conservative attire. I wore a black blouse and dark jeans and blended in as a typical audience member despite my age difference. The University Baroque Ensemble is a small group of Berkeley students, 15 students total, who gather every Tuesday and Thursday to practice with a professor, and music coaches. At first glance, the ensemble composed of violins, violas, recorders, cellos, an organ, and a harpsichord. However, professor Davitt Moroney, who gave small introductions in between the pieces, informed the audience of the minute differences between the baroque instruments the performers had and their modern versions. He talked about how all instruments that the musicians performed with were from the 18 th century baroque period. Baroque period string

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