This past weekend was family weekend here at Luther. Campus was full of students spending quality time with their families. My Mom lives in Colorado, sense she had just taken time off of work to help me move in she was not able to visit, and my Dad, who lives in Texas, was not able to visit either. Going into family weekend I was not sure how seeing so many people with their families would make me feel. It made me feel left out and made me miss my own family even more. Luckily I was able to spend a lot of time with friends. I had movie nights, went to Culvers and tried cheese curds for the first time, and was able to get to know a lot of my friends better than I already did. Having these people to spend time was a blessing, the memories I made with are ones that I will never forget.
Family weekend is a great time to have a concert because there is sure to be a full house. On Saturday there there was a concert in the Center For Faith and Life (CFL) featuring: Varsity Band, Aurora, Norsemen, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, and Collegiate Choral.Each group had only been rehearsing for two weeks, and I was amazed at how well each group performed. I performed with Varsity Band and Aurora. Varsity Band played "Prelude" and "Rondo" from Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo, composed by Malcom Arnold. In "Prelude" I played a duet part; in the last rehearsal I had messed up that part so I was really nervous to play it. That part went smoothly and I was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the concert after that. I had so much fun making incredible music in Varsity Band. It was really cool to play in such a beautiful hall and hear the sound reverberate. Aurora performed right after Varsity band; we sang Love Arrives, composed by Tom Trenney, and Lift Up the Name of the Lord, composed by John Helgen. Love Arrives was written for Aurora to sing. The day before the concert we got to rehearse with Tom Tenney; it was such a unique experience to be able to work with the conductor of a piece. Love Arrives is one of the most beautiful pieces of music that I have ever heard. Maya Angelou's poem "Touched By an Angel" are the words. The beautiful music and powerful words are combined perfectly and every time Aurora sing this song I get goosebumps. In contrast, Lift Up the Name of The Lord is a fun, uplifting, upbeat gospel song. The altos have a really fun part to sing at the end of this song and it was a blast to perform. Aurora even did some choreography! Norsemen performed after Aurora and they were really entertaining to watch. During intermission I went into the house and watched the rest of the groups perform Each group was amazing! I cannot wait to be a part of more Luther concerts. If this concert was so amazing after only two weeks of rehearsal, I cannot fathom how spectacular the rest of the concerts will be. When you make music with people you create a strong and special bond; each group becomes a family. I am thankful for my amazing friends, my Aurora family, and my Varsity band family because they made what could have been a hard weekend incredibly special.