Indiana History Center; Nov. 15
For his third concert of the season, Kirk Trevor led the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in two Classical works framing two contemporary ones. Trevor began with the oft-performed Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183, its opening used as the title theme in the movie Amadeus. Liveliness and good articulation mostly pervaded this Sturm und Drang piece, with the winds and four horns ravishing in the “trio” section of the Minuet. Indy’s own Frank Glover next provided us with his Diax, in Two Parts, Bass Trombone Concerto featuring ICO principal trombonist Jared Rodin, in a version the ICO debuted earlier last week as part of the ISU Contemporary Music Festival. An accessible trombone vehicle, Rodin plumbed the depths of his instrument, using a huge mute in a wistful, bluesy Andante, followed by an extended solo cadenza. Trevor and his group gave us — and Rodin — a convincing backdrop. Butler’s composer-in-residence Michael Schelle was present to hear the ICO once again perform his Spider Baby for Chamber Orchestra after premiering it in 1996. Loud, raucous and becoming jazzy at the end, the prominent percussion, saxophone and a piano — its rear end halfway thrust through open doors on stage left — contributed mightily to its satiric effect. Finally we heard Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 in G, Op. 61 (“Mozartiana”), Classical as heard through the Russian composer’s Romantic ears.