• 12/14/2019

Last Saturday evening's Concert was, in the words of one outspoken person, "the best one so far." Of course, "best" may not be the same to everyone; all the concerts this year have been outstanding! The program choice was wonderful, with Maestro Domine (sporting a "new look") conducting the Orchestra in a great selection of musical delights. He opened the program with a holiday season favorite, Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, giving harpist Kathleen Moon a chance to display her virtuosity in the solo part, and followed with the always delightful L'Arlesienne Suite #1 by Bizet.

Ruth Bruegger, violinist extraordinaire, then came on stage for the inaugural performance of James Domine's Violin Concerto #1 in G major. The Maestro had commented prior to the Concert that he had written this concerto many years ago and had been influenced by the great composers of the past. As we listened, traces of Haydn and Mozart were present but, as the Concerto developed, it took on the clear and unmistakable mark of its composer, James Domine. The audience responded heartily and Ms. Bruegger was called back for several curtain calls. During the intermission, many of us talked and agreed on how glad we were that he had dusted off this splendid work and afforded us the pleasure of hearing it.

The concluding piece, the beautiful Ninth Symphony in E minor (From the New World) by Dvorak, was played to perfection. The audience exploded with cheers, applause, and a standing ovation for Maestro Domine, the wonderful soloists within the Orchestra and, of course, the entire ensemble of talented musicians.

We do hope you were in the audience. If you were unable to attend, please come to the next Concert on February 23, 2013. Another great program is planned so be sure not to miss it. We will be looking for you!


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