Idaho State Civic Symphony
Could there have been a more wonderful concert in an elegant venue with the addition of a vibrant guest conductor? This last performance of the season was exceptional. The guest conductor, Thomas Heuser, exuded enthusiasm, brilliance and a skillful manner. His polished expertise demanded the very best in all sections of the orchestra.
If you did not attend the concert and do not have CDs of the three selections, go on line to enjoy the Norwegian Dances, opus 35 by Edvard Grieg, Overture to the Magic Harp by Franz Schubert and Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 65 by Johannes Brahms. Each had its own lilting melodies mixed in with full bodied and majestic sections. All in all, the presentation made demanding use of the entire orchestra.
The concert began an hour earlier than usual, but a full house greeted Heuser. His greeting words set the stage for what was to come and then the music quickly caught up the audience in rapt attention.
Because it was the final performance of the season, many accolades were given to those who had done much to guarantee success for the year.. Carol Burnett received a certificate of appreciation from the Arts Council and Dr. George Adams was heartily thanked for his services as conductor during the past few performances. He also performed a bassoon solo which was well received.
The audience for this performance included many families, all of whom were appreciative of the conductor and the musical selections. At the beginning he described the music by comparing it to a special and beautiful steak dinner or reading a delicious novel. Both descriptions set the stage for the animated music. It was wonderful.
While it has been suggested in previous writing about the symphony performances, I would again recommend listening to each presented work so that you can relive the atmosphere, the resonance and the deeply touching melodies. For this evening, the Grieg especially provided a feast which will keep all of our symphony attendees happy until next fall when the new season starts.
As noted in the Idaho State Journal in Friday morning,, ISU will have a new conductor for the symphony. He is Grant Harville and will be arriving in July from Georgia where he has officiated as Associate Conductor and Creative Director for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. If he has the enthusiasm and ability of this evening’s guest conductor, we are in for another wonderful year..
Our symphony has grown so much in the last several years. It is quite wonderful to know that outstanding individuals are willing to come to Pocatello in order to perform in the beautiful Stephens Performing Arts Center. Well known soloists have also been part of each season’s presentations. Of course, the increasingly professional instrumentalists have contributed so much to the quality of our symphony. They work long hours to perfect their craft and it shows in the increasing numbers who gather to attend the yearly concert selections.
And so, with summer coming soon we can contemplate the 2013-2014 season, aptly entitled Kaleidoscope. It will bring Bruch, Brahms, Mozart and Verdi plus outstanding soloists, the concert choirs and Camarata choir. With the addition of the new conductor there is no doubt it will be a tremendous success.