I always loved classical music, but I never knew much about it. Growing up in India, classical music concerts were sparse, far away, or too expensive. I had only listened to Mozart and Beethoven on YouTube, and I was always enraptured by the lilting melodies and the intricate compositions. It was my dream to witness a live symphony perform.
When I began to research Rice University, I learned about the Shepherd School of Music. I heard that the concerts at the Shepherd School were free for Rice students and that it had a great reputation for good music. But I always thought that it would be too far away or too posh to be accessible to college students.
When I actually arrived at Rice, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only was the Shepherd School Concert Hall a short ten-minute walk from my residential college (Wiess College), it had concerts almost every weekend, and a large percentage of the student body attended these concerts. I began to attend concerts immediately!
I have had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Chamber Music, Symphonies, and World-Renowned Soloists. One of the most memorable concerts I watched was put on by the Campanile Orchestra, a symphony orchestra made up of non-Music majors from Rice and members of the Rice community. I watched my friend play the Clarinet in the orchestra, and was happy to support her and listen to amazing music!
To me, the Shepherd School Concerts serve as quality entertainment and a great stress-buster. Not only do they feed my love for Classical music and help me learn more about new composers and compositions, they are a chance to dress up for a couple of hours, sit in the comfy seats of the concert hall and relax to the sound of great music!