Art Clips: 2006 JCFA Concerto Competition Winners 


Three stars 

Butler Symphony Orchestra; Clowes Memorial Hall; Feb. 17. The evening started with Johann Baptist Vanhal’s Concerto in F major for Two Bassoons. Elizabeth Doss and Claire Nicholson played well (there were a few slips on some scale-like runs) and both demonstrated that the bassoon can be an aurally pleasing instrument, yet Vanhal’s composition itself was not captivating. Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Timpani followed, with Matthew Harris displaying the timpani’s melodic abilities. The third movement, “Horse Ride,” was very engaging, with a ragtime feel to it and swift drumming between five (!) timpani. Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no. 1 “Jeremiah” for Orchestra and Mezzo-Soprano followed with Ursula Kuhar singing text from the Book of Lamentations. The violin and wind section’s intonation along with the occasional feeling of instability in the orchestra stained the piece intermittently, yet Kuhar finished the evening off well, demonstrating her ability to accurately convey the prophet Jeremiah’s distress over the ruin of Jerusalem


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