Hanson's Symphony No. 2 is also known as '"Romantic," and a more apt name could not be found. From its opening bars, the music was lush, and I envisioned crashing waves and lovers running towards one another across a beach. As I sat enjoying the music, it made me think of the love affair that developed this season between Maestro Ponti and the CSO, on one hand, and the CSO's audience, on the other.
People are abuzz about the energy that Maestro Ponti has brought to the community and the musicianship he is extracting from his players. For the first time ever, the CSO performed each of its concerts to a sold-out house. It has been a wonderful season, with highlights too numerous to mention (but I'll give it a try!)
|Maestro Ponti with artists|
|Barbara Albin's "Sacred Subway"|
|Jeffrey Biegel at play|
Robert Bonfiglio, guest harmonicist, introduced the CSO audience to something truly different: the harmonica concerto. The concerto was not my favorite music of the season, but I am all in favor of Maestro Ponti stretching the audience's musical ear--and I'm thrilled that the audience has been receptive to his approach.
I am already looking forward to the 2014-2015 season, which the Maestro unveiled at last Sunday's pre-concert lecture. The repertoire will include a combination of music by well-known composers and composers who don't get much air time on classical radio. There will be a night of music from the Oscars. There will be a night of music from the ballet and the flamenco. Marvin Stamm, former trumpet player with the Beatles, will be on hand for what promises to be an exuberant night of music. Gerardo Perez Capdavila, a classical guitarist, will take the stage to perform a guitar concerto, an ear-opening experience in the making. Mostly, though, I'm looking forward to hearing the CSO as the musicians continue to gel as a group and grow under the baton of Maestro Ponti. I'm only sorry that we have to wait until November for our musical adventure to continue.