Multiple positives keep Solano Symphony in stellar shape

By From page A7 | April 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Symphony is thriving because of the solid dedication of their stellar musicians and superior conductor, Semyon Lohss.

Their most recent concert “World’s Greatest Classics” was performed at the acoustically acclaimed Salvation Army Kroc Center and the ever-popular Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.

Under the musical direction of the revered conductor, the concert began with L. Cherubini’s “Medea Overture.”

Compliments go to bass performers John Kolarik, Eric Price and Richard Chang for their outstanding work in that piece.

The symphony then performed Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A. major, KV 622″ in three movements: Allegro, adagio and rondo.

Allegro featured a guest artist on clarinet, Air Force Sgt. Anna Andrew. She has played the instrument for more than 30 years. She is a tireless performer and promoter of chamber music having founded the Southern Winds Quintet, and is currently the tour manager and performer with the Clarinet Quartet for the Band of the Golden West.

Her solo clarinet performance, in conjunction with the orchestra, was met with an enthusiastic standing ovation at both scheduled performances.

Fairfield resident, retired teacher and flutist, Carole O’Hara, was most appreciative and said, “It amazes me that she barely looked at the music during her performance, yet the variance in octaves was met with such smooth transitions. She is a wonderful artist.”

The second portion of the concert featured the varied, often somber tones of “M. Bruch’s Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Opus. 36”  and its three movements,  Allegro passionato, ma un poco maestoso, adagio ma son troppo and allegro molto tranquillo.

Another enthusiastic audience member was Solano County resident Alex Han, who recently moved  from New Zealand. Han plays both piano and violin.

She was openly impressed with the overall performance.

“It is wonderful for the community to have this great symphony,” she said. “The people are very lucky, I had no idea (the Solano Symphony) even existed here before now.”

When asked if she might audition for the Solano Symphony at some future time, she was warmly receptive to the idea.

Local resident Kuoching Lee, originally from China, is an enthusiastic supporter as well. Lee, who teaches piano privately in her home, offered this comment: “I realize how difficult it is to keep symphony alive. So I have become a strong supporter of our local symphony. I tell everyone I know about it, and do all that I can to help them.”

She is absolutely correct in stating the difficulty of keeping symphony music alive throughout the country.

The symphony wraps up its season in May. On April 26, the Solano Symphony League will host its annual home tour.

More information can be found at www.solanosymphony.org.

Paula McConnell is a freelance writer living in Vallejo.

Paula McConnell


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