Love was in the air for Saturday night’s “Symphonic Valentine” concert by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
The Lincoln Youth Symphony joined the orchestra for excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen” opera. The selections included the “Los Toreadors” and the familiar “Habanera.”
The two orchestras exhibited remarkable ensemble togetherness, with a solid showing from both the LSO regulars and their talented Youth Symphony friends.
“Three Latin American Dances” by Gabriella Lena Frank is a piece with bearable dissonance, which exhibits a mix of South American cultures.
Percussion variety drove the first of the three dances with good precision. The second movement exhibited an unfamiliar smoothness.
The concluding movement had a paso doble tempo with visions of a mariachi band as it drove to a magnificent conclusion. The 1,000 patrons gave it good applause, and Conductor Ed Polochick saluted the composer, seated in the audience.
LSO Concertmaster Anton Miller and Violist Rita Porfiris joined the orchestra for Max Bruch’s “Double Concerto for Violin and Viola in E Minor.”
The troupe navigated the complex counterpoint well in movement one. Soloists play well together, assisted by their constant attention to each other’s performance nuances.
The attention produced an excellent show for the Miller-Porfiris Duo with standing, cheering patrons wanting more. The Duo responded with a specially-arranged Handel duet, and the house loved it.
It was quite a good night for the two symphony orchestras and the Miller-Porfiris Duo. The house seemed extremely pleased with it all.