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The Mystery of the Missing Guest Book

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What a wonderful concert series we’ve just had! From the stirring brass in Wagner’s Tannhäuser to the golden honeyed sound of trumpet virtuoso, John Foster, finishing with magnificent playing from the whole orchestra in Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Our audience was full of praise and appreciation. Sadly our guest book went missing over the weekend. We’re hoping that it will find its way back to the Art Gallery, but in the meantime we’ve received this by email:

TRUMPETS WILL SOUND
Friday, 17th March 2017

The Mosman Symphony Orchestra drew a full audience to the Art Gallery last Friday evening with a program that was certain to thrill.

The ever-popular “Tannhäuser Overture” composed by Richard Wagner in 1845 proved a treat, as the orchestra captured the complex nuances of this beautiful piece that attracted so much controversy around its premier performances.

John Foster must be proud of his playing, as I was spell-bound. The Rococo “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat” by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda embraces the finest silk-like brass textures, and I wallowed in the seductive interpretation.

The Beethoven 7th Symphony brought the orchestra to life, and the audience to its feet after raising us to the heights of musical colour – so prevalant in this devilish composer. Once again controversy reigns with this work – but so what! It’s a masterpiece unfolding meaning and beauty into our vibrant world of fine Art-Music.

Well done MoSO. See you at the next concert.

Edward.

A Night of Magic

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Apart from wonderful classical music in a lovely venue, one of the  really great things about Mosman Symphony Orchestra concerts is the champagne and nibblies afterwards, when the players get to relax and chat to the audience. When people talk about music that has stirred them they are often very eloquent – sometimes poetic.

We thought it was about time that we had a permanent record of some of the lovely things that people say to us after our performances, so we now have a Guest Book.

 

Here are some of the first comments after the Friday night performance of Mosman Symphony Orchestra goes to the movies:

‘A wonderful night of magic music. Thank you so much!’

‘I was absolutely enthralled by the guest conductor and loved the choice of music, a wonderful night!’

If you’re coming to our Sunday performance, we’d love you to share your thoughts in the guest book. There are still some seats available, but you’ll need to be quick!

And from Sunday…

‘Wonderful. Thank you to the conductor for “bringing in the audience”. Fabulous selection of music and professional and talented musicians.’

‘Yet another wonderful performance. Congratulations. Looking forward to the next event’

‘Can’t wait for the next concert! Fabulous!’

‘It was a fabulous concert, my first time at a concert of the Mosman Symphony, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. My spirits needed lifting, and Mosman Symphony Orchestra most certainly did that! The music choices were perfect, the order of play was so well organised and the acoustics were fabulous!

I would really appreciate being placed on the mailing list and am really looking forward to attending the next concert and into the future.

My thanks to you and, to the entire orchestra.’

This last piece is not in our Guest Book, but was emailed to me. Thank you to Edward for taking the trouble to write such a lovely review:

Spring has Sprung

Spring arrived when the flowers bloomed last week, and as the charming conductor, Carlos Alvarado took to the rostrum, raising his baton elegantly to lead our sublime Mosman Symphony Orchestra through a selection of music from cinematic history.

Composers Johann Strauss and Edward Elgar to “Harry Potter’s” themes of haunting mysticism were on the program, and the orchestra confidently performed for an appreciative audience that yearned for more.

A memorable arrangement from the movie, “Schindler’s List” elevated my mind to a space where only tolerance and peace prevail. Anny Bing Xia achieved a seamless, sweet hypnotic interpretation in that violin performance, and blew me away. Anny, you’re a “Musician’s Musician” – play on!

“Jaffas” were not rolled down the aisles, and precedents can’t be tolerated I’m sure – however, it wouldn’t have taken much for exemptions to be brought forth as the exhilaration of “Radetzky’s March” raised the house, and closed a fabulous evening of block-buster music.

See you at the next concert.

Edward