Performance of IU Symphony Orchestra a delight

By Peter Jacobi

It wasn’t quite like an old-fashioned symphonic pops concert, but nearly so. Those of the past usually offered a series of short delectations, a buffet. Wednesday evening’s Indiana University Symphony Orchestra program in the Musical Arts Center, to the contrary, held two short items and a long one, but delectable and reminiscent, as of old, they were.

David Effron was in charge of the ensemble, its first of the new season. The maestro, as he’s been doing for the past year or so, in semi-retirement mode from the School of Music faculty, focused on works he loves. On this occasion, in splendidly played fashion, he delivered an hour of music divided this way: a short “Invitation to the Dance” by Carl Maria von Weber; a long Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”) by Edward Elgar, and a short Overture to “Der Zigeunerbaron” (“The Gypsy Baron”) by Johann Strauss, the younger, the son, the so-dubbed “waltz king.”

© Herald Times 2013


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