Did you get to the WV Symphony this past weekend? What did you think?
I'd spent all week before the concert giddy for The Carnival of the Animals, and it was wonderful to see it performed on Friday. The musicians, especially pianists Deborah Gross and Vicki Berneking-Cavendish, made light work all those dangerously difficult parts that go into making these light-hearted vignettes work, so the music just sparkled. The Swan was the only movement that didn't really fit with the fuller orchestra used for this performance; it makes more sense as a cello solo. I missed the Ogden Nash poems; it's too bad that the performance rights are too expensive.
Stravinsky's Petrushka was great. I lost track during the music of where we were in the plot of the ballet, but it didn't matter. I'll just agree with a friend's assessment of: "Holy whoopin' ass orchestration."
And every time I start describing the Debussy Première Rhapsodie for clarinet, I just end up daydreaming, lost in the memory of the sounds of the clarinet and the orchestra, so let's just call that a success. Bravo to clarinetist Bob Turizziani.
I made it just in time for the music, so I missed the pre-concert talk. My friend Steve Allen Adams was there, and he recorded the talk and shared it on the website Kanawha Valley Live. Here's their post (West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Takes You Behind the Music), and you can check out the video below.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Takes You Behind the Music
You can also read David Williams's review of the concert in the Charleston Gazette: "W. Va. Symphony Shines in Stravinsky."
If you were there too, you can share your post-concert thoughts by joining the conversation in the comments.
I'll be gone in NYC for a week to learn more about radio and visit my family, but I'll hopefully be able to check back in here from the road. Have fun!