The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra performs in The Rice Theater at Highland School.
By Barbara Brown Warrenton
One doesn’t often leap to one’s feet, proclaiming “Bravo!” But, last Saturday’s performances by the young artists in competition, together with the always spectacular Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, spurred just that type of response.
Mairead Flory, the cello soloist, who performed Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33,” was well deserving of the first place award.
Eugene Choo, the violinist, was superb with Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” in D minor.
It was Riana Chan’s very strong performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” that simply thrilled my heart. My husband, Donald’s response, “She owned that piece!”
The concert continued, under Music Director Glenn Quader, with the “Carnival of the Animals,” while Conductor Emeritus Michael A. Hughes provided the narrative. Above the stage was a projection of artwork children with the “Carnival of Animals” theme. Thus, the performance combined music and artwork for double pleasure.
We have had season tickets to the Piedmont Symphony performances for many seasons. We are never disappointed and always leave the magnificent Rice Theatre, feeling we have been given a wonderful gift.
I would urge the citizens of Fauquier County and Warrenton to take advantage of this amazing organization. You, too, will be spellbound.