Written By: Grant H. Meyers, Music 4
For my second concert report, I went to go see the Stockton Symphony once again. The performance was the third in their “Classic Series” and it was entitled New Horizons. It was a fantastic concert, and in my opinion, even more enjoyable then the first.
As custom, the first thing they played was the National Anthem, which was done fantastically while the crowd stood in respect. It was a great way to start off the night.
The first official piece played by the symphony was a piece by Ludwig Van Beethoven entitled Egmont Overture. The piece opens with slow deep strings which is then masterfully countered by a somber but powerful woodwind interjection. The stings return with a low, dramatic mood setting cello theme that begins to shape the idea set in the piece. This continues on until the woodwinds from the beginning return, but with more of an uplifting tone. The tension in the piece rises higher and higher until the whole orchestra comes to a dramatic halt which is then quietly transitioned to a triumphant conclusion. This was a very good piece, and very enjoyable for audience members who have a taste for the dramatic. While the brass and percussion were never truly singled out in this piece, they did a fantastic job of backing, and accenting all the ideas throughout.
The second piece was called Accordion Concerto which was separated into three separate acts. This was also the first piece soloist, Peter Soave, played along with, and while I was skeptical on an accordion accompanying a symphony at first, I can happily say Mr. Soave does not disappoint, and easily fits right in. The first act, Villains, Crowns , and Heroes, opens with a very dark slow melody. This continues until the entire idea of the movement shifts to a much more playful and funny little melody which then progresses to a triumphant sounding idea with many leaps and bounds going on throughout the entire time, eventually wrapping up with... [continues]
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