This semester, in addition to many guest artists who are part of the WMU College of Fine Arts, we have been priviliged to have three highly gifted artists from the 'outside' world: Nashon Holloway, MK Czerwiec, and now -- Cameron Carpenter. Each of them was exceptionally generous in how much of themself they shared with us about their life as an artist and as a human being. Cameron Carpenter is an internationally famous artist, whose calendar is filled with concert dates all over Europe and the United States. Unlike many artists of his stature, and in such high demand, he spoke to us in a very personal, candid voice. And, he stayed after the AM and the PM classes, for an additonal hour to talk with students. He also allowed some of you to play his extraordainary $1.4 or $1.5 million dollar organ. (He quoted both prices.)
The subjects Cameeron discusssed, and what he said about each topic varied a lot between the AM and PM sessions. Some of you were clearly taking in every word. Some of you clearly were not. Those of you who absorbed in depth what he shared (whether or not you took notes), are invited here, to share with us what (in very specific language), you took away from this class with him Please be certain to use his language as much as possible, (quoting him wehere you can), in writing about this experience.
Do your best to address Cameron the musician. Cameron the designer. And Cameron the person. Please address the ways in which mathematics and computing as well as emotions are central to his work and his ways of thinking.
If you have only general comments that don't reference with specificity, what Cameron had to say, and how he said it, please don't comment on the class. You may comment on the concert after Saturday night.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONCERT:
After seeing the performance Saturday night, how does this performance reflect what you know about Cameron? Be specific.
In class we discussed the difference between consonance and dissonance. How did you hear consonance or dissonance in the performance Saturday night?
Many institutions, such as theatres and churches, installed organs to replace the orchestra and create a full sound. After listening to the two encore pieces played only by Cameron Carpenter, do you believe the organ could replace the full sound of the orchestra? Why or why not?
Explain the effect of the organ and the significance of this instrument to the symphonic sound, based on the pieces you heard in the concert.
Cameron stated that he believed Symphonic concert music is dying. Explain why you agree or disagree based on your experience Saturday evening.
What was your overall experience in the performance Saturday night? How did the class with Cameron shape your experience Saturday night?
This post will be open until Monday night at 10 pm.