The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in London, England in 1948. He started studying music as a child, writing his first compostiton at the age of nine. Webber attended the University of Oxford and later the Royal College of Music. Some of his famous compositions include Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Evita. One interesting fact that I discovered about Andrew Lloyd Webber was that he was officially knighted in 1997, which makes him Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

On October 24th, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber was presented at the Stranahan Theater featuring many soloists and the Philharmonia Europa orchestra. The performance consisted of highlights from Webber's famous productions, including those previously mentioned as well as numbers from Starlight Express, Whistle Down the Wind, Sunset Boulevard, and Aspects of Love. The show was overall a good mix of upbeat numbers as well as some slower pieces, from the beginning with the fast paced theme from Jesus Christ Superstar to the final piece "Love Changes Everything", from Aspects of Love.

The first act of the performance began with the orchestra performing the overture from Jesus Christ Superstar. After that, the ensemble performed the theme song. This theme was very upbeat and jazzy, and in my opinion was a great way to begin the performance. After that were highlights from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Then, some more pieces from Jesus Christ Superstar were performed, including the love song "I Don't Know How to Love Him", as well as two other tunes "Everything's Alright" and "Gethsemane". These songs together provided a diverse look at the music from this musical. Following this were songs from Evita, the musical that tells the story of how the wife...