Clowes Memorial Hall
Starting not only Butler's concert season, but its Mahler-Fest, the Showcase Concert on Sunday featured the Butler Symphony Orchestra, University Chorale and Wind Ensemble. The Orchestra, playing Mahler's Totenfeier, had a full, sonorous sound when playing tutti. Although, in more soloistic passages, the group tended to lose confidence and projection. Next up was the Chorale, whose selections included pieces by Mahler's teacher, Anton Bruckner. The piece that stood out was O Quam Gloriosum, for Chorus and solo Clarinet. The interaction
between the singer and clarinetist Samantha Johnson was dance-like in its agility. Closing the concert was the Wind Ensemble. Soprano Nancy Davis Booth and a pared-down version of the Wind Ensemble gave Mahler's Um Mitternacht all the mood and contrasts it deserves. The full Wind Ensemble ended the concert with Ives' County Band March, nailing all the awkward kinks that bring that piece to life.