Unformatted text preview: ons on a Jingle Bell Theme, was performed by the same
ensemble. It started off loud and gradually took a diminuendo for the first variation. The second
variation stayed that soft and reminded me of “Under the Sea” due to the childlike feeling. The last
variation was performed more lively and more of a celebration feeling. The upper register of the
marimba and the xylophone were highlighted in their runs toward the end. My favorite part about the
percussion ensemble was the director’s festive christmas scarf!
Boise State University began a new tradition this year by inviting the Ezra String Quartet to
perform a wonderful arrangement of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The four performers are
graduates of BSU and all partake in the Boise Philharmonic. I was astounded with this young group
because when I closed my eyes, it sounded like a lot more than just four instruments. I noted that they
blended well, and each instrument was allowed their own moment to take the lead. They intentionally
slowed down parts of the piece, and when they sped back up, it was like a r...
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- Fall '11
- Music, piece, BSU