The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra captivated the audience at their first performance of the year on February 1.
The program was titled, “Concertos!” because it featured three “professionals of tomorrow” taking the stage to play their respective pieces with the accompaniment of the orchestra. The violinist, trombone player, and saxophone player each participated in one or more songs as the audience embarked on a remarkable journey of sound.
It was impossible not to get completely enthralled by the splendor of the symphony as the crowd was led through the mystery of the slow and reflective pieces and the excitement of the fast-paced and joyful melodies.
Prior to the last piece, the conductor, Scott Weiss, praised the “virtuosity” of the orchestra and explained that in a symphony, you need to know, “when to get involved, and when to stay out of the way.”
Weiss then stepped off the stage, and the orchestra concluded the performance on their own with a spectacular rendition of Boléro, complete with a snare drum.
The USC School of Music will present Bernstein MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers on March 2, 3, and 4.