1) Listening to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra play any type of music.
2) Watching concertmaster Stewart Kitts nearly levitate as he makes his violin sing.
3) Introducing new people to "our" Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
|Maestro Ponti on the podium|
|Oliver Weston and Linda Martin|
The performance wrapped with Richard Rodgers' "Sound of Music: Selections." The Sound of Music is one of my family's favorite movies, so I feel a particular connection with the songs from this show. Rodgers' selections included bits from "Sound of Music" and "The Lonely Goatherd" and "My Favorite Things" and "Do-Re-Mi," and I can't imagine there was a person in the house who wasn't envisioning Julie Andrews twirling through the mountains and performing a puppet show and teaching her wards to enjoy the simple things in life. (As an aside, I saw Julie Andrews at the Book Expo in New York a couple of years ago, and she is every bit as beautiful and elegant as you might imagine.) The evening ended with a crescendo as the music from "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" filled the Event Center, and I think I was the first person in the audience to jump to my feet to give the CSO a standing ovation.
The concert season is nearly over, with Maestro Wada's farewell concert the only remaining performance. It has been a season of truly wonderful and exciting music under the batons of three accomplished conductors. Whomever is chosen as the new maestro next year, there is no doubt that the CSO will continue to bring the sound of beautiful music to its audience. I'm already looking forward to it.