On Thursday the 27th, I visited Maryland Hall in order to listen in on the ASO’s dress rehearsal for their concert coming up that weekend. I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to be hearing, but I’m certainly glad I attended. It was a spectacular performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.
At first I was concerned, there was a pretty big turn out just for a dress rehearsal, made up of mostly young children. I had found out that the children were actually young musicians from the nearby schools, who I hope enjoyed the concert as much as I did.
The first symphony performed, the Bruckner, ran just over an hour long, and what an hour it was. Starting off with a very exquisite first movement, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra played the music as if was the telling of a story. Their sound encompassed the entire hall, silencing the listeners who seemed awe-struck by the beautiful music. The second movement, being a bit more solemn but still just as exciting as the first in its own way, was performed so flawlessly I could have been lolled to sleep by the gentle tones and soft bow strokes. The third and forth movements were much more grandiose compared to the ones before. The full orchestra did an amazing job of bringing the music to life and drawing in the listeners. I was amazed after the final chord, not simply because of the power of the last few notes, but because of the magnificent music I was able to experience first hand from this orchestra.
The second symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, was definitely much more light-hearted then Bruckner’s. Being such, I favored it out of the two. And it was performed magnificently. The way each section transitioned and played off one another was breathtaking. The Symphony’s performance of just the first movement brought a smile to my face. Sadly the end of this symphony came too soon. And although Music Director José-Luis Novo was quick to fix minor mistakes, it all seemed so flawlessly performed to me.
The Bruckner and Mozart concert was sure to be loved, I know I enjoyed it greatly. I left the concert hall that night will chills down my back and not just from the cold. I wish I could have heard it all again that weekend during their concerts. I greatly look forward to hearing the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra perform again in the upcoming months. I hope to be absolutely blown away once again.
-Samantha Balazs, ASO Tweet Seat Student