Oct. 19 was a beautiful fall evening and complimented the opening of the 11th season of your Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor and Director of Music Russell Berlin, Jr. and the talented musicians of the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra presented an outstanding concert this evening.
The concert opened with “Overture to the Bartered Bride” by Bedrich Smetana and that was a wonderful way to open the evening. This piece featured the entire string section with the complete gamut of sounds and tempos and also from the very delicate and soft to the bodacious and glanderous.
“Symphony No. 94” in G Major by Joseph Haydin featured four separate and distinct movements showcasing the entire string section and other portions from the percussion, brass, and wind sections, as well. The four movements demonstrated the true abilities of Berlin and this group of fine musicians
After a brief intermission, the Symphony performed the rousing anthem of war and redemption, “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner. This piece is best remembered in more recent times as the accompaniment to the horrific helicopter attack in the movie “Apocalypse Now.” Again, great passages with stellar performances from the entire Symphony.
We all recognized the next piece as the theme from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and the “Alfred Hitchcock Hour” – the late 1950s and early 1960s mystery shows for television. The classical name of the piece is “Funeral March” of a Marionette by Charles Gounod. This piece featured the brass and wind sections along with the rest of the Symphony musicians.
The piece was one of very pronounced tones and chords with an intertwining of a haunting but unique melody – one that gave patrons the feeling of walking along a pathway. I am sure it brought back some interesting if not vivid memories of Mr. Hitchcock and his shows.
The concert ended with “The Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky. This was a great way to bring the Fall Classic to a brilliant conclusion. As I listened to this piece, I could not help but think how our Symphony has progressed and improved over 10 years! It is evident the overall quality of performances have reached a new high as far as strength and quality.
What a great way to kick off the 11th season. Experience the Sound! Don’t forget the Holiday Magic Concerts on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Mark your calendars for May 25, 2014 – your Symphony is back at the Kauffman!
Gary Fruits is a board member and treasurer of the Lee’s Summit Symphony.