Concert Review: Fox Valley Symphony features local composer, Britten premiere

Posted on: January 29, 2013

In Sunday’s (1/27) Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin), James Chaudoir writes, “An interesting mix of music awaited those in attendance Saturday as the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra presented its third subscription concert of the season. … Opening the program at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton was a short three-movement ‘Suite on Children’s Themes,’ by native Appleton composer LaVahn Maesch. The work was light, filled with clever rhythmic gestures, and wonderfully orchestrated with numerous solos tossed throughout the orchestra. Two works by Benjamin Britten completed the first half. ‘In memoriam Dennis Brain,’ scored for four horns and strings with percussion, received its American premiere. The performance featured the symphony’s horn section. An unfinished work, two completed sections exist: Slow – Moderately Quick. Brief as they are, they form a deeply emotional and inspirational tribute to the renowned horn player who died at the height of his career in 1957. ‘Nocturne’ for tenor voice, horn and strings represents some of Britten’s writing at its finest.” The second half of the program, led by Music Director Brian Groner, featured Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor with Win Lei Gu.

Posted January 29, 2013