Opening night for the new season with the Virginia
Symphony Orchestra is always an anticipated pleasure.
Last night provided confirmation of that emotion. This is my eleventh (11) year as a regular symphony audience participant. [The season tickets started out as a vehicle for Lesley’s (my daughter) music education. After Lesley left for UVA, I wanted to continue MY music experience. Cousin Connie stepped in for the other ticket. – but, I digress]
Ms. Falletta always leads the audience and orchestra to a rousing performance of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on the opening night of the Orchestra’s new season.
What a wonderful performance opening night!! Copeland – El Salon Mexico and Dohnanyi – Suite in F-Sharp minor were the two selections before the intermission. Tchaikovsky ‘ s Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor was the ‘after intermission’ selection. That instantly recognised opening, the skill and interpretation displayed by the pianist Ian Parker, combined with the VSO, capped the evening. Mr. Parker did perform an encore. “A nice time was had by all.”