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“Do you want to go see Yo Yo Ma with me?” My friend Caroline asked. “We can do it for your birthday!”
“Uh, sure.” I replied. I love all kinds of music, but I really only knew Yo Yo Ma from the episode of Arthur he appeared on back in the day. I was skeptical. How could a man just sitting there, playing the cello be entertaining?
Then Caroline said we should dress up. Uh, what? It is cold outside. I can’t be fancy and cold.
Sure I would be bored to tears at this concert and excited to not worry about making dinner, I sucked it up my distain for cold weather and closed mind, borrowed some tights from my roommate, and drove to pick up Caroline.
After eating some great Indian food at The Dancing Ganesha, we went to see Yo Yo Ma at McCain Auditorium. I was glad Caroline told me to dress up, because the people here were dressed to the nines, tens, and elevens.
Our friend Jeremy joined us, and we headed into the towering seats of McCain.
Having only been to country music and Christian rap concerts (Yes, those are a thing), I really didn’t know what to expect. There were no blown speakers or crazy lighting schematics. Yo Yo Ma just walked onto the stage, and the audience collectively stood and applauded. It was so elegant and simple.
Without speaking, Yo Yo Ma sat and started ripping on the cello. It was angelic. It was magical. It was far more beautiful than I had ever expected one instrument to be. I was entranced. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it. I closed my eyes to soak in the music, opened them and it was intermission. What? I wasn’t done being wrapped in the velvety sound of the cello.
Thankfully, intermission only lasted 10 minutes, and the magic began again. It was like Yo Yo Ma was telling a story through his cello’s strings.
After the encore, I was stunned. I didn’t even know what to say. It was such a great experience and so different from anything I had ever seen.
This is what college is about. It is about going to a classical music concert because your friend talked you into it/peer pressured you into it/bought your ticket. It is about experiencing things that you’ve never experienced before. It is about breaking down the walls of your comfort zone, and discovering new things about yourself. From McCain Auditorium to the Study Abroad office, K-State offers so many unique and new opportunities for students to explore art, music, and culture. K-State has put the world at our fingertips. All we have to do is have an open mind and experience it.
Each year McCain Auditorium brings several world-class acts to their stage and the K-State community. These can range from musicals to actors or musicians to magicians.