Review: Miami Symphony opens 30th season with premiere by local composer, plus Gershwin and Holst

Posted on: October 16, 2018

“The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert Sunday night at the Arsht Center celebrated the ensemble’s 30th anniversary,” writes Lawrence Budmen in Monday’s (10/15) South Florida Classical Review. “Music director Eduardo Marturet [led] the orchestra with impressive energy and control. The substantial program opened with the world premiere of Orbits by Robert Tindle, a MISO commission. Tindle studied composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music…. His spirited ten-minute work for large orchestral forces opens with the bright, ringing sounds of brass and chimes, backed by a full percussion battery.… The full-throttle final pages are reminiscent of Shostakovich’s climactic volleys.… George Gershwin’s Concerto in F requires tremendous digital dexterity and an affinity for Gershwin’s fusion of classical and popular idioms. In a whirlwind reading, [pianist] Mary Anne Huntsman succeeded on both counts. [In] Holst’s The Planets … Marturet and the players managed the big picture well indeed…. ‘Mercury: The Winged Messenger’ was propulsive and light on its feet.… The mystery of the concluding ‘Neptune: The Mystic’ strongly conveyed Holst’s strange brew of wind sonority and intergalactic echoes. The women’s voices of the Encantus Voices & Ensemble … were properly eerie and otherworldly.”

Posted October 16, 2018