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Orchestra of the Fingerlakes Concert

10 Nov

The girl and I drove to the Corning Museum of Glass for a concert by the Orchestra of the Fingerlakes because her teacher, Augusto Diemecke, is concertmaster and was soloist last evening.  The orchestra is in the process of finding a new conductor so each concert is conducted by one of the candidates.  Geoffrey Moull was a wonderful conductor and the orchestra obviously liked him.  I had never seen an adult, professional orchestra stamp their feet in admiration before.  Only kids.

On the program were:

BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72
MOZART – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5, K 219     Augusto Diemecke, Violin
BRAHMS – Symphony No. 2, Op. 73

I am ignorant when it comes to many classical pieces, these included.  The Mozart and Brahms were especially wonderful.  The concert as a whole was the best I have ever attended.

Moull seemed to be able to get every last iota of dynamic range, emotion, and beauty out of the orchestra as a whole.  One of the things that struck me was the marvelous blending into a seamless whole.  Live orchestras, to me, tend to be showcases for various instruments when it is their turn to stand out. I tend to analyze what is going on rather than enjoy the music.  But yesterday there was a true sense of ensemble playing; a wonderful thing to experience when there are fifty people working together to create beautiful music.

Augusto’s playing was quite dramatic, spirited and beautiful.  He and Moull interacted frequently.  Moull had a very dramatic style of conducting, too, that the orchestra responded to.

There were two standing ovations.  One after the Mozart Augusto played with the orchestra, and the other after the Brahms.  Both the Mozart and the Brahms were so lovely I thought about rushing home and getting CD’s of the pieces from the library to listen to more closely.

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