The second half of the evening featured the CSO and the Kruger Brothers playing some selections from "Music from the Spring: A Romantic Serenade for Banjo, Guitar, Bass & Orchestra" composed by Jens Kruger. (It turns out that Maestro Wada isn't the only one with exciting ideas about blending different types of music!) I was quite curious to see how--and if--this combination would actually work. The answer is a resounding "yes." It's impossible for me to describe in words how this interaction worked, but suffice it to say that the strings got a pretty good work out! The Maestro did as well, and I thought at some points that he would break into a dance as he was conducting. (If you're curious, check out this promo that the Kruger Brothers have put together on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCuR0hWZ3SU. The orchestra they're playing with isn't identified but I suspect it's the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, as that's who played with them for the world premiere of the score.)
All in all, it was a fun and interesting evening of music. As Maestro Wada puts down his baton and we move into a new era at the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, I can only hope that our next maestro will continue to challenge our musicians to go beyond their comfort zones. These musicians have proven time and time again that they can meet these challenges, and the result has been exhilarating. What will the future of the CSO be under new leadership? Tune in next season to find out!