A soprano, a violinist and a cellist, brilliantly backed by the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, created memorable classical music Feb. 19.
Symphony Conductor Peter Dabrowski and Choir Conductor Christopher Munn shared the audience’s joyous reaction and long applause given the Orchestra and Chorale.
The Pan American Fine Arts Auditorium event featured three women soloists, also lavishly applauded.
Soprano Vicki Moffatt earned one of the longest spontaneous standing ovations in the Symphony’s history. She triumphed singing the seven arias in John Rutter’s modern classic “Magnificat.” This work, bold and new, was finished just 10 years ago. Its first performance came at Carnegie Hall in New York.
The English composer originated the best religious “Magnificat” since Bach, many critics believe. Moffatt’s audience agreed after hearing her sing the complex arias. All earned the cheers given to soloists, Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
Moffatt’s performance ranked among the strongest crowd finishes and enthusiasm by the VSO audience.
The guest soprano’s voice is a South Texas treasure that the Valley Symphony, Choir and audience cherished with ovations. She waited like a seated statue to sing her arias.
She grew up in McAllen, attending Pan American University, and has studied, taught and sung from Arizona to Ohio to Texas, Italy to China. She now sings with Conspaire, a professional, Grammy Award-nominated chorale based in Austin.
Violinist Emily Hanna Crane brought the bow to life in Vivaldi’s Concerto. She made this classic vibrate with meaning. She teaches violin at Austin Peay University in Tennessee after graduating at Florida State and teaching at Texas-Pan American.
Cellist Sara Kapps has performed widely, from Carnegie Hall to sharing the stage with music legends such as Johnny Mathis. Now a co-principle of the Valley Symphony and music teacher at Texas-Pan American, she added the cellist’s charms to an enchanted evening.
Church-based symphonies aren’t every music-lover’s cup of tea, but anyone who heard these solo artists, plus the outstanding Orchestra and Chorale, should become a convert to these religious classics. Most youths don’t know what they are missing.
The last two Valley Symphony concerts this season will be April 2 at the McAllen Civic Center and May 7 at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium. For tickets, go to www.valleyorchestra.org.
These concerts adorn April with composers Copland, Grieg and Coleman, and May with Bernstein, Paganini, Schubert and Khachaturian. All lovers of classic music should put these dates on their calendars.
For more information phone 956-661-1615.