I love the Philharmonic concerts in terms of the music chosen and the obvious skill of the students, but the extended commentary before every piece makes the concerts harder to enjoy. It almost feels like a cheat to have the entire piece explained before it's played, especially when the word choice doesn't always seem careful. During this particular concert, which I could only manage on the webcast, a comment was made about a "pagan orgy" and "savage" percussion, which I don't imagine was said with the intent of racism, but came across pretty unfortunately. Overall, the music is always good and I love to support the music students. Classical music that I can count on being played well is a real pleasure, but extended and at least somewhat bias commentary takes away from the real reason I love these concerts.
A wonderful evening of opera scenes and songs! The students were just terrific--in great voice with lots of stage presence. It was funny, moving, and gloriously. Kudos to Maestro Drusko and Stage Director, Matthew Romriell. There was also a mildly amusing turn by a special guest at the end that included tap dancing and juggling. ;)