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Show: Chiaroscuro

  • Chiaroscuro: Symphonic Dances in Shades of Darkness and Light

The Good: I didn't expect to like this show but the more I listen to it the more it grows on me. This is a much more demanding production than last year's Holsinger show. Very aggressive opening statemen, which pulls me in right away. Low brass has a great statement during the opener, repeating what the sopranos played, which is very clear and strong. The mellophone soloist during the ballad has a wonderful tone and is a joy to listen to. This is a better performance overall than Quarterfinals. Great resonant echo in the stadium after the corps cut off during a power chord in the ballad, very effective. The piece after the balled is very celebratory, easy to tap my foot to. Great drum writing by Kevin Murphy and the drumline rose to the level of the arrangements. Powerful ending by the corps, great job keeping the energy level up to the end of the show.

The Bad: This would be one of the first shows I've listened to where every section is at about the same level. There's a little dirt in the brass, a little in the drums, and a little in the visual. Not so much a bad thing, but something that does need to be worked on should this corps wish to move up and contend for a Finals spot. I will say I wasn't a fan of the sundial prop although I do understand how it fit into the show. I just wish the two members pushing the prop around the field could have performed with the corps in some way.

The Ugly: No shade of ugly to be seen.

Overview: Another corps that lowered in placement from the previous year only because other corps improved. Capital Regiment had a strong year despite many setbacks and performed a wonderful show for me to experience

Website: http://www.capitalregiment.org/

2006 Auditions: November 19-20

Category:Reviews -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT