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OC Symphony Creates Fresh New Sound
After a somewhat choppy summer during which the Orange County Symphony sought to settle a new conductor in post, Brazilian Maestra Aline Sardaõ finally raised her baton on Sunday November 13th and unleashed Mozart!
Unleashed is the right word, because although the number of musicians in the ensemble appeared to be small compared with previous concerts, the sound they generated was terrific. The orchestra played with such crystal clarity, so on the note the whole time, so committed to every entrance, and so responsive to Sardaõ’s conducting that you could easily believe that they were twice the size! Close your eyes and the experience was complete.
The pre-concert talk: Ms. Sardaõ comes over as young, fresh, eager and passionate. Her introductory remarks, all delivered with a delicious, soft accent (for which she had no reason to suggest an excuse) drew us into the story of the genius of Mozart and how his own life story emerged in his music, especially his operas. Ever active on her feet, engaging the audience with her eyes, her easy use of the mic. and rhetorical questions, she drew us into the story worlds created by the great composer.
The first half of the concert consisted of overtures from Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, and the opening of Symphony No. 4. The program up to the intermission was a little short.
After the intermission we were treated to all four movements of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No 41.
I had chosen to sit on the front row so I could get new pictures. When I turned round to see the audience – the First Christian Church auditorium was packed. This was a tremendous start for what was in effect a relaunch of the OCS. There were a few familiar faces in the orchestra, and those who have played with OCS in the past are well recommended to come back for future concerts. Ms. Sardaõ, who has good connections to the LA Phil. has certainly found some excellent musicians. I am sure their number will grow. (Left, Concert Mistress, Noriko Yamaga.)
Bonus concert coming up! On Sunday January 29, 2017, Maestra Sardaõ and the musicians of the OCS will present the Brandenburg Concertos at the First Christian Church of Anaheim.
The repertoire will showcase selected OCS musicians as soloists. These much beloved concertos are recognized as the benchmark of Baroque music. I believe this program will solidify Maestra Sardaõ’s image as a fine conductor!
The Orange County Symphony takes applause.