Tonight was the final performance of the season, and J and I have concluded that the string section of the North State Symphony is pretty darned good. That's Kyle Wiley Pickett on the left, a fine conductor. The woodwinds played well too. I think the orchestra gets a little better every year.
The program tonight included Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven. I admit I dozed off during the Brahms, but the Mozart and Beethoven kept me awake. Here's the program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492
Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 54, and Nanie (Dirge) for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 82.
Intermission (during which some local school kids took the stage and played very badly).
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"
One teensy weensy little whine: Laxon Auditorium at CSU Chico is the black hole of sound. The orchestra had to play sooo loudly in order to be heard! They must have been sooo tired by the end! I can only imagine what they might have sounded like in a good room....
Looking forward to next year! Have a good summer, NS Symphony. See you in the Fall.