KWS’s “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World”

I went to the KW Symphony’s concert titled “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World.” This was the 1st concert of the season.

From a piece that’s been enjoyed for 231 years to one that premiered a week ago, this was a splendid concert.

The guest conductor was Mei-Ann Chen. She was terrific — if she’d been chosen as the symphony’s new director I wouldn’t have minded at all.

Here’s the program:

  • Calixa Lavallee / John Fenwick: O Canada
    • I don’t sing it too often any more — it was nice to do so with an enthusiastic crowd.
  • Vivian Fung: Aqua
    • The piece contained clusters of sound. It was a bit like Jerry Goldsmith’s “Planet of the Apes” score.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major
    • You can’t go wrong with Mozart. Rémi Geniet was the guest pianist.
  • Darren Fung: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th
    • If you knew the title “Toboggan!” you would smile for this energetic piece. The composer was in attendance.
  • Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World
    • One of my favourites, this is the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve heard it live. Of all the sublime moments, the beginning of the 2nd movement is my favourite. Chen really got into this piece, conducting without a score.

I previously reviewed the KW Symphony’s “Edwin’s Grand Finale.”

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