As a member of the large audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday evening, I was looking forward to a fine concert, fully expecting the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and its excellent music director and conductor, Daniel Meyer, to offer a performance as technically brilliant as those I recalled from my pre-Raleigh days. Instead, I experienced one of the biggest musical surprises of my concert-going life. For their opening concert of this year’s Masterworks series, Meyer and his excellent instrumentalists showed me what I have been missing in my four years in Raleigh. Meyer’s choice of repertoire included some of the most dazzling music of the nineteenth and twentieth century. The technical demands of this music and the manner in which conductor, players and guest piano soloist exceeded these demands provided an evening of musical excitement and impeccable beauty.
Masterworks 1 Concert Review by Martha Fawbush
Posted on September 17, 2011