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New World Symphony - February 18, 2012

Last night was the second in the series at the Adrienne Arsht, Knight Performance Center for the New World Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas as the principal conductor. 

The evening started with student conductor Joshua Gersen’s Festival Coronation March by Tchaikovsky.  It was loud, enthusiastic, but with no subtleties. 

Next was Gil Shaham on the violin with MTT conducting Prokofiev’s  "Concerto No. 2 in G minor. " Such is my ignorance of music I had never heard of Shaham.  The program suggests he is “one of the foremost violinists of our time”  and after his performance, I have to agree.  It was spectacular!  At New World, I have heard Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman and I think he compares very favorably.   MTT conducted (with music on the stand this time) and he really knows how to bring out the best in NWS. 

The last performance of the evening was "Symphony No 2 in E minor" by Rachmaninoff.  I had not heard this piece before and I can tell it will probably become one of my favorites.  It was very melodic and the brass section, usually a little iffy at NWS did an excellent job.  The french horns, were excellent as always as well as the reed section. 

It’s fun to watch the students over the performances, note their idiosyncrasies, and their development as musicians. 

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