To all who were present last night and witnessed the smashing performance of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, you were indeed fortunate. From the first piece, Von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, which was played with amazing enthusiasm and zeal, the audience knew they were in for a very special evening.
Next came the winners of the Music Teachers Association of California SFVW Branch Competition, violinists Thompson Wang and Bronte Vlashi. Sixteen-year-old Thompson skillfully performed the first movement of the very difficult Sibelius Violin Concerto, followed by fifteen-year-old Bronte's fiery performance of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. The two young musicians played with the confidence of seasoned professionals and were heartily rewarded by thunderous applause from the audience.
The Orchestra then delighted everyone with a wonderful performance of Strauss, Jr.'s An der Schoenen Blauen Donau Walzer (On the Beautiful Blue Danube). Not only were women in the audience swaying in their seats, but several of the violinists were as well! A gorgeous piece of music that put smiles on the faces of all.
And then, after the intermission, the audience was treated to the final piece on the program, Beethoven's Symphony #7. Knowing that classical music lovers are familiar with all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, suffice it to say, it is one of his masterpieces. Under the baton of Maestro Domine and in the hands of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra (literally), it could not have been performed better. At the conclusion, the audience applauded, cheered, and rose to their feet in appreciation.
If you could not be there, you missed a "happening;" we hope you will be able to join us for the next concert on November 19th.