A very exciting concert the latest in the Willoughby Symphony season is ETERNITY , led by guest conductor Michelle Leonard OAM .
The first half of the program was Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor Op 104 with a stellar performance by Bennett Tsai . Leonard conducted dynamically and with great panache and there was finely nuanced balance and excellent rapport between her the Orchestra and Tsai . Tsai gives an amazing , intense, virtuoso performance haunted and at times either fiery or lyrical, passionate and anguished . From the stirring Orchestral opening with its dynamic rhythms we are captivated.
The first richly atmospheric movement is for Orchestra alone with a splendid horn solo. In the second movement after dialogue between Orchestra and Tsai , Tsai shines in the wistful solos and eventually the aching ,flowing melodies gently ebb towards the conclusion . The third movement opened with an insistent marching rhythm , there were lyrical sections contrasted with whirling sections . At one point Tsai is frantic on his cello but this changes to soft and lyrical as if he is searching for something which leads to the crashing tumultuous finale. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA :- ETERNITY @ THE CONCOURSE