Dr. Anne L. Viricel
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Review: San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra concert Sax and Strings on March 1, 2014
Thank you, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, for a delightful concert on Saturday night at the California Theatre for the Performing Arts. An evocative mix of the fresh and the familiar introduced the audience to what Conductor Frank Fetta referred to as the orchestra's heart: the string sections.
Thirty string players, and only string players, performed Bach, Barber, Britten, Glazunov, and Mozart, beating together as one strong, solid and inspired heart.
The familiar - Bach and Mozart - opened and closed the program. With Fetta on harpsichord and 10 string players - three each violins, violas, celli, and one bass - for Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, the musicians delivered great energy, exquisite details, and clarity, all over the distracting noise of a blower somewhere in the theater's ceiling.
SAN BERNARDINO: 30 strings, one sax at symphony concert
The orchestra is smaller than usual, the pieces are shorter than usual, but the impact will be huge, according to Frank Fetta, who will conduct the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
It’s a concert that utilizes only string players, about 30 of them, and one saxophonist.
Southern Californian saxophonist Matthew Ennis will solo for the Saxophone Concerto in E-flat major by Glazunov. Composed in 1934, the concerto is one of the early inclusions of the saxophone in symphonic music.
Ennis is known for seamlessly blending programs of avant-garde contemporary saxophone works with re-interpreted Baroque and classical transcriptions, according to a press release. He has worked and recorded with a number of distinguished composers and conductors and regularly performs with other orchestras, plays at studio recording sessions, and appears on television shows like “The Voice.”
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major will open the program.
Fetta added another short work to the program, Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony.”
“It’s wonderful,” said Fetta. “I was in an elevator and the music piped in was this piece. The little kid in the elevator proclaimed, ‘Amadeus!’ It’s that familiar to people.”
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