On Thursday, April 3rd, I once again visited Maryland Hall to sit in on the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s dress rehearsal. This time however, I got to experience Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with violin soloist Soovin Kim as well as Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60. And I certainly was not disappointed by the Symphony’s performance of both.
The first half of the performance was filled by the wonderfully expressive sounds of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2. I was incredibly impressed by the talent and passion shown by Soovin Kim, their soloist for this performance. He was amazing to watch as well as listen to in his process of creating beautiful music. Kim brought the orchestra in for the rising points of the piece as well as the climax, but never did the orchestra overpower the soloist. The second movement of the concerto had a more haunting theme to it, but was performed phenomenally by the orchestra. The movement consisted of the soloist playing a few measures of music then allowing a group of instruments answer back. Throughout the piece different groups of instruments played along after the violin solos, resulting in a seamless tone change each time.
The rest of the concert involved Dvořák’s Symphony which was a much more jovial piece compared to the last. And the orchestra played it exquisitely. The lively music filled the hall with the sound of a gorgeous major key. The orchestra was able to create an incredible build up multiple times throughout the piece, but before the climax of each, the orchestra would decrescendo back down to continue through the performance. The finale was a great unity of sound, resulting in the end of an awe-inspiring performance.
This weekend’s concert was definitely one to witness and as always, I look forward to seeing the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra perform again in the future.
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