Beethoven and Tuba Concerto Embrace Evanston Audience
"The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; the notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as "one of my best works". Who are we to dispute his judgment?"
Antony Hopkins, 1981
Enlarge image Chicago Philharmomic Orchestra - Violin Section (© CPO) All those who decided to spend Sunday evening with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and made their way to the windy Northwestern University's Evanston Campus were generously rewarded by the excellent performance of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra under its conductor Maestro Scott Speck.
Enlarge image Before the concert, in the foyer (© Germany.info/chicago) The evening opened with Beethoven's „Fidelio Overture“, followed by one of the rarest kinds of concertos ever written: Ralph Vaughan-Williams' „Tuba Concerto in F minor“. The audience of eight hundred was thoroughly impressed by Rex Martin and his outstanding skills on the tuba. The excellent skills of another soloist, Robert Hanford (violin), was proven during Camille St. Saën's „Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso“.
The grand finale was undoubtedly Beethoven's 7th symphony. Beethoven's 7th symphony's use of rhythmic devices suggestive of a dance, such as dotted rhythm and repeated rhythmic figures, and the passionate performance of both the orchestra and its conductor most definitely crowned this evening of musical indulgences.
Judged as „one of the nation's finest orchestras“ by Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra is a relatively young orchestra whose members primarily come from the Chicago Lyric Opera and other excellent ensembles.
Enlarge image Information table of the German Consulate General (© Germany.info/chicago) The concert was underwritten by the German Consulate General in Chicago.