Springfield Symphony Orhestra performance notes #1
From the Enigma Variations
by Edward Elgar
by Max Bruch
Fountains of Rome/Pines of Rome
by Ottorino Respighi
Peter Stafford Wilson, conducting
Sandra Wolf-Meei Cameron, violin
Shortly before the start of our 2004-05 season our principal oboist, James Mitchell, died of heart failure. We performed the Nimrod
variaition as a memorial to Jim. To my ears, it was also a reminder of creative power we all possess--however known or obscure we may be--the nobility of that power and the brevity of our lives.
The Scottish Fantasy
was a relief from the difficulty of playing for Jim. However, that piece stinks. How can anyone listen to Scottish tunes without drinking? Who would want to? Ms. Cameron's youth and enjoyable competence did well with Bruch's essay. I look forward to hearing her play something else.
I am a fan of Respighi and this was my first time performing the Roman postcards. So, I had fun with that. But, part time 'cellist I may be, I yearn for programing more relevant to the good people of Springfield. When when I started playing in this orchestra a few years ago I was impressed with the adventuresome programming and the strong educational outreach programs. We have since cut our education programs and seem to avoid pieces that are not available at the Clark County Public Library. And the audience I saw last night was the smallest I have ever seen in Kuss Auditorium.
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