This past weekend I attended the Symphony concert in Jacksonville. The concert was conducted by Maestro Fabio Mechetti and consisted of American classical works.
The concert began with the Star Spangled Banner. Maestro Mechetti is very known for doing this to start every concert season. Everyone stood including those in the orchestra who were able. The effect was quite marvelous and an excellent way to begin the first concert of the year for the Jacksonville Symphony.
The official program began after that. The first piece for the evening was by Ives and was quite exciting and well played by the orchestra. After that, we heard Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The pianist for the concerto was a 17-year-old Asian man whose first name I cannot remember; his last name was Tao. He was an outstanding pianist who gave a wonderful performance of a very difficult Gershwin work.
The final piece on the concert was Copeland’s Third Symphony. It’s a marvelous work filled with wonderful melodies and intriguing harmonies. I found this piece to be really enjoyable and probably my favorite of the evening. All things considered, it was a very good concert and a great way for the Jacksonville Symphony to begin their season.