The Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony Final Chase Park Concert
By Geoffrey Maingart
The Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony
Final Chase Park Concert a Resounding Success
Marina Del Rey,CA(Hollywood Today)8/25/13The last classical concert of the summer season at Chase Park in Marina Del Rey was a delight for all. Frank Fetta and the Culver City Symphony, performing as the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony played their last concert in Chase Park for a full crowd on Thursday August 22nd
in a popular program of Russian orchestra extravaganzas.
The concert opened with a rarely heard piece of Stravinsky, Circus Polka. The work was originally written for a ballet production for Balanchine and was first performed with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailer Circus with 50 elephants and 50 ballerinas in 1944. It is a delightful piece and incorporates Stravinsky’s take on Marche Militaire. It is a satirical piece and the orchestra under Fetta had a lot of fun with the work.
The first half of the concert then gave us a rousing reading of the orchestral work by Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade. Frank Fetta has not held back with repertoire this summer and has pulled out some of the big virtuoso war-horses of the literature. Scheherazade is portrayed by the voice of the solo violin. The performance here was quite good with fine solo violin playing by concertmaster Nancy Roth. The piece is the story of A Thousand and One Nights and of Sultan Schahriar. The orchestra has some truly fine wind players, especially principal oboe, clarinet and French horn. The cello section is quite good and solo playing by the principal cellist was excellent also. The audience is all over the grassy area picnicking and enjoying the Marina atmosphere.
One of the joys of these concerts is hearing the program described to all by Rich Capperela who was there in person this time. For the last concert he actually phoned in the program notes live from the East coast. He is a well-known radio personality and it is very pleasant to hear a brilliant announcer describing the program rather then trying to read notes in the dark. He has added another dimension to the concerts this summer.
The second half of the concert gave us a brilliant virtuoso performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 with the amazing concert pianist, Rufus Choi. He played the concerto with an electric facility and break neck tempos and although fast, it was completely convincing with wonderful colors and dynamic range. This is one of the most famous piano concertos ever written and Choi did not disappoint. It was a totally enjoyable performance with edge of your seat playing. Fetta stayed with him and the audience was on their feet by the end of the performance. We were rewarded with an encore by Choi and so ended a great season of concerts with the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony. This orchestra deserves all of the support they can get. It adds a wonderful attraction to an already wonderful place on the West side. http://www.culvercitysymphony.org/Marina_del_Rey_Summer_Symphony.html
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