Canberra Symphony Orchestra: Dvorak, Weber and BrahmsShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
In a week when the Canberra Symphony Orchestra organised its season launch for 2017 with a variety of meet, greet and garner support from their donors, subscribers and patrons opportunities it was the CSO Board Chair Sir Angus Houston who took us all to the sky in a magic moment of music and shiraz on a trip back from India we’ll all remember and hope to replicate. He was addressing guests at a pre-concert cocktail party and while our feet were firmly on the floor for a moment we imagined a spectacle he witnessed at 34,000 feet. Reclined in his seat, a glass of South Australian shiraz in hand and headphones playing a Mozart concerto while on the clouds he watched a spectacular 15 minute lightning display, the likes of which this former pilot has never seen. He was caught out momentarily remembering the name of the concerto but the help from CDF Air Vice Marshal Mark Binskin’s with a suggestion it may have been AC/DC’s Thunderstruck got the biggest laugh before Houston remembered it was Mozart’s clarinet concerto.
And thereby hangs a tale because Mozart actually composed it for a basset clarinet, and yes I do know what that means because I looked it up! But the imagery for the guests was established and we have to agree that’s sure beats watching a movie on a dicky little screen.
The party was a prelude to Dvorak, the third concert in the ActewAGL Llewellyn series with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton on stage for the first time this season. With sublime music from Carl Maria Von Weber and Johannes Brahms and the extraordinary Dvorak Symphony the bonus for this concert was the fortuitous appearance of Indira Koch on violin and her husband Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt on cello who just happened to be holidaying in Australia with their four children and were delighted to be invited by Nicholas Milton to join the CSO as soloists for this concert. And what Indira Koch does with her violin is beyond superlatives.
We expect excellence from our CSO, we are never disappointed, as yet again this program extended and endorsed their collective talent and formidable repertoire under the guidance of the indefatigable Nicholas Milton.