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Friday, April 12, 2013
In his review of Monday's all-Beethoven concert by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Gaylard wrote, "The evening began with a riveting rendition of the Seventh Symphony" ("Concert serves hearty helping of Beethoven," April 9 review).
Riveting it was, indeed, but you would not know this from the rather timid round of applause by the audience, with not a single recalling of the orchestra's conductor, Maestro David Wiley. And this is not the first time I have seen this during more than 25 years of attending the orchestra's concerts.
This brings back memories of attending, while a student at the University of Hamburg, many concerts by the Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra under its founding conductor, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. After memorable performances, it was not unusual for the appreciative audience to recall the maestro several times and to continue this even after the orchestra had been motioned by the conductor to leave the stage.
I think the Roanoke audience can do better than it did Monday night to show its appreciation to the orchestra and its conductor for a truly wonderful performance. The 60th anniversary season is coming up soon to show this.
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