• 06/16/2018

A brilliant performance was presented Saturday evening, March 24th, by Maestro James Domine and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 1st movement of Franz Schubert's hauntingly beautiful "Unfinished" Symphony. Just about every classical music devotee is familiar with and loves this wonderful piece, unfinished as it is. The audience applauded heartily in appreciation.

The work that followed, Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, written in 1935, was perhaps not as well known by our concertgoers as concerti from the 17th and 18th centuries. However, now having heard it performed by the 19 year old "phenom" Aubree Oliverson, there is no doubt they will never forget it. Ms. Oliverson, a student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music,was spectacular! At the conclusion of her performance, the audience rose as one and cheered, whistled, and applauded wildly. She was called back for several curtain calls and, for the final one, came out hand-in-hand with Maestro Domine. It was a wonderful moment!

After intermission, the audience returned for the final masterpiece, the Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathetique) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in 1893. There are truly not enough words to describe this emotionally heart wrenching symphony. If you were present, or if you are familiar with it, then you know; if not, watch YouTube or listen to a CD and you will understand. The incredible joy of the third movement caused the audience, when the music stopped, to cheer and applaud wildly even though they knew there was another movement to follow. Maestro Domine then took up his baton and the orchestra began to play the soulful and mournful fourth movement. Many of us in the audience were brought to tears by its beauty and sadness. When the music ended, Maestro Domine stood with his back to the audience; there was total silence in the hall for at least 30 seconds. He finally turned and lowered his arms, allowing the concertgoers to applaud, although not exuberantly. The end of this piece has what is known as an "applause quenching" finale.

The 6th symphony premiered on October 28, 1893; nine days later, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died by his own hand!






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