VSO Season opener, September 12, 2009

  Virginia Symphony Orchestra season opening night at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia. 

 Joanne Falletta, Conductor.

The Orchestra was wonderful, as always.  {I am a fan, not a critic}  Ms. Falletta and the Orchestra start out the season by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.  She conducts the audience in a sing along.  That has been the routine I have observed for the last 12 years.

VSO Opening Night, September 12, 2009

VSO Opening Night, September 12, 2009

  The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a  lynch-pin to the Arts in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
   As a result of the economic issues at this time, the Orchestra’s “Classics at Chrysler” series is limited to 8 performances instead of the normal 10 performances. 

 The program:
          STRAVINSKY – Feu d’artifice (Fireworks), op.4     Short piece.  Complex and lots of percussion.  *This piece was a prelude to Stravinsky’s famous ballets: Firebird, Petrouchka, and The Rite of Spring.*
          BEETHOVEN – “Emperpor”  Concerto No. 5 inE-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, op. 73  Benedetto Lupo, pianist   *Beethoven’s last concerto.  The middle movement is just beautiful.*
          SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47    Intense.  *Controversy surrounds Shostakovich and his body of work, regarding his relationship to Stalin and Stalin’s domination of the Arts (and country) during Stalin’s EMPERORSHIP of the Soviet Union.*

Pianist, Benedetto Lupo

Pianist, Benedetto Lupo

Benedetto Lupo, the soloist for the evening.  Can’t say it better than the program notes:  “The critics description: “exceptionally fine pianist… who has a remarkably fine touch and beautiful
tone control” (Oregonian).  ….”meticulous technique with romantic sensitivity” (Birminghom News).”               Sensitive touch and really fast fingers.

Happy to have the music season resume!






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