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Classical Notes: February 8, 2012 Archive

Saying Something Through Music

Posted at 1:09 PM on February 8, 2012 by Chad Hoopes
Filed under: Artists in Residence

Chad Hoopes

What do I enjoy most about performing? The fact that I get to give a gift to the audience every time I take the stage. To me, nothing feels better than being on the stage. I love being able to express myself just the way I want to through music. Furthermore, every time I perform, I get a special feeling because I have the opportunity to evoke the feelings that the composer might have felt while writing a particular work. Lastly, I love to collaborate. In my mind, music is all about expressing your self. Saying something through music might just be the most important thing.

My favorite violinists? Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Michael Rabin, Fritz Kreisler, and Yehudi Menuhin. They are among the MANY musicians, artists, and conductors I admire.

Of course, classical music is one of my favorites to listen to. On one hand, you can relax while listening to the simplicity and profoundness of Beethoven. On the other hand, you can rock out to the intensity of a Mahler Symphony. Classical music is so diverse. In addition to classical, I love listening to Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, and R&B. I call it "pump you up" music. The only downfall to this is if I'm listening to it while driving, I tend to go faster than I should... Whoops.

Till next time...