12/16/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

– A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS –

Daniel Meyer, conductor

Jennifer Davison, soprano

Deborah Domanski, mezzo soprano

Scott Joiner, tenor

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS

Dr. Michael Lancaster, director

Sunday, December 16, 2012 • 3:00 pm

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Asheville, North Carolina

– Review –

The Asheville Symphony with the Asheville Symphony Chorus plus three guest soloists gave a sumptuous concert of choice classical Christmas music on Sunday afternoon in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

As the first part of the concert, the Symphony, the Chorus and the soloists joined to perform major portions of Handel’s “Messiah”.  Maestro Meyer commanded attention throughout by keeping the tempos brisk and always fresh. The large chorus responded to the many melismatic portions with clear and secure voices which were faithful to the period and which reflected solid preparation under the direction of Dr. Michael Lancaster.

Soloists Jennifer Davison, Deborah Domanski, and Scott Joiner sang with brilliance and tonal splendor. Their attention to the text was extraordinary while their vocal color, performance skill and overall musicianship made the meaning of the work explicit. Of course, the “Hallelujah” finale brought the audience to its feet as is the custom.

After intermission, the Chorus sang interesting arrangements of “Joy to the World”, “Gesu Bambino”, “O Nata Lux”, “Fum, Fum, Fum”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, “O Holy Night”, and “Silent Night”. The concert ended with a rousing rendition of the traditional favorite “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

by John Bridges