We’re finally starting up again! I’ve been jealously watching the Facebook feeds of all of my friends whose orchestras launched earlier in September than ours did, and waiting impatiently for the South Bend Symphony’s first concert – and finally it’s here. We perform Saturday night at the Morris.
The first half of the program is very oboe friendly – Dvorak’s Roman Carnival Overture features a big English horn solo, and the Bizet Symphony in C is an oboe diva’s dream come true, with lovely moments in every movement and a big spectacular beautiful solo in the second.
The featured piece on the concert is Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island, which is more a theater piece than a traditional symphonic work. It should be a crowd-pleaser, featuring video and actors from the Civic Theater in addition to the attractive music we get to play. Not so much a big deal for the musicians, but tremendously enjoyable for the audience, and hopefully a huge seller. Let’s get this season off to a great start!