Monday, January 28, 2008

Mexican symphony hits the right note

Saturday's Knox Concert Series performance by the Mexican symphony was top-flight. Two things stood out: the piano concerto (a Rachmaninoff piece) was flawless in execution and conveyed a wonderful sense of artistry and passion. The hit, however, was the final number, which took off on an Aztec rite of passage: the snake-killing ritual. The conductor explained the piece before turning to the orchestra and setting off a fire of sounds. Percussion section shined in this number. It was enough to make an 8-year-old perch on the edge of his seat.

Great stuff.