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Center Stage: Community Concert moves audience

By Staff | Mar 16, 2016

Community Concerts hit another high note, in presenting the prestigious Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in their latest offering. According to the program “Since the 1930’s the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra has played a crucial role in shaping the cultural sphere of Israel.” The concert we heard certainly proved that statement’s validity. The evening opened with Conductor Laureate Dimitry Yablonsky leading the orchestra playing Alexander Tchaikovsky’s moving “The Khojaly Requiem,” which was composed in 2012 in memory of the massacre of 161 ethnic Azerbaiyani civilians in the town of Khojaly in 1992. According to the composer his purpose for writing this moving Requiem was to show support for the victims of Khojaly and ” . . . for all people around the world who have experienced the horrors of war.” After hearing this poignantly, stirring Requiem and observing the effect on the audience, I would have to say composer Tchaikovsky more than succeeded; the Jerusalem Symphony gave a performance that shook the audience’s very soul, it was heart reddeningly beautiful.

Camille Saint Saens’ “Cello Concerto no.1 in A Minor, Op.33, which followed introduced a young (13 years old) extraordinary, cellist Danielle Akta. This talented, multi-award winning cellist displayed not only amazing technique in playing this challenging concerto, she also displayed extraordinary artistry and sensitivity, unusual in a musician of such tender years. Remember her name, you will be hearing much more about this fine artist, just like her inspiration Jacqueline du Pre, who motivated Danielle to study cello at the age of four. After the intermission this wonderful Community Concert ended with a dazzling performance of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op.73, which brought the bedazzled audience to its feet with well-deserved shouts of bravo. But, the talk of the night was not just, “what a great concert” but also “what an astonishing young cellist.” As you can guess this performance by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was another night to remember, presented by Community Concerts; and all I can add to that is thank you!

Next up on the Community Concerts calendar is Emanuel Ax Monday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. There may be some seats left; I would call the box office now (239) 489-4171. When you call remind “em Marsha sent you.