Jaap van Zweden and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Premiered their new season this weekend and if it is any indication of the season to come, hold on. This was the most incredible symphony I have ever attended.
Jaap Van Zweden
The first act paired van Zweden with renowned pianist Emanuel Ax presenting Brahm's Piano Concerto No. 1. This was a crisp sometimes intense, sometime frolicking experience. Ax's exuberant style at the piano complemented the always animated van Zweden perfectly.
After a brief intermission the piano was gone, so we could enjoy the full experience of van Zweden leading this orchestra to new heights. Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 was a nonstop roller coaster ride that left me breathless. Many times during the second half of this production I would hear the word wow quietly slipping through the lips of those around me.
Watching van Zweden it almost appears he is pulling forth the music from the instruments under his baton. Under van Zweden's direction this orchestra is a precise machine, that runs with the refined excitement found in a german automobile.
van Zweden who lives in Amsterdam when not at the helm of the Dallas Symphony brought us a program that when complete earned him a much deserved standing ovation that went on some five minutes. It was that amazing.
Check out the upcoming season at http://www.dallassymphony.com/ upcoming events include the incomparable Patti Lupone this Tuesday, K. D. Lang, Amy Grant and Michael Feinstein with Marvin Hamlish. While there get tickets to a Dallas Symphony Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, you deserve a treat!
Coming soon...Catching Up With...The Original Weather Girl-Martha Wash. I chat with her about all the other women who turned down “It's Raining Men” and how she almost didn't record it herself.
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