Another opening, another victory for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra with their season kickoff Friday at the Lied Center.
Conductor Ed Polochick opened with the National Anthem, then a stirring tribute in memory of LSO trumpeter and well-known teacher Dennis Schneider, who passed away earlier this year.
On the bill was the Samuel Barber “Violin Concerto, Opus 14” with LSO Concertmaster Anton Miller as soloist. Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9 would follow intermission.
Miller’s approach was one of seasoned concentration in a display of his solid technique and reasoned emotional approach to Barber’s American masterpiece.
Difficult passages rolled out like a rushing stream, strong on pushing forward yet caressing the stones along the way. There were no mistakes, only perfect execution and a cheering, whistling, standing house at the work’s end.
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Miller responded with one of those showpieces, the ”Souvenir d’Amerique: Variations Burlesques sur Yankee Doodle,” difficult takes on the American Revolutionary piece.
Good work, but the Dvorak “Symphony No. 9” would provide the ultimate test of endurance and concentration.
The orchestra handled the opening movement with power and perfection, leaving nothing to the skeptics. Just as strong as the first movement was the enticing Largo and its sentimental “Far from Home” theme, flowing and warming patrons’ hearts.
With the Scherzo and final Allegro the orchestra proved it had the stamina and moxie it takes to get through this monument. All sections held the work together without issues and again, as with the Barber, the crowd rose to its feet immediately with cheers and applause.
It was an excellent opening for the orchestra’ s 90th season. Kudos to all for perfect work.