Parts of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony are so loud, I could feel sound waves on my face. I loved it.
My wife and I attended the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Thursday night. In addition to the Tchaikovsky opus, the program included the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz and Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No. 1 by Shostakovich.
The radio commercial for the concert left me unsure about the Shostakovich piece. I was pleasantly surprised. The comments beforehand by guest conductor Lawrence Loh helped me appreciate the music. He told the audience that the cello solo represented Shostakovich himself and that the rest of the orchestra, especially the horns, represented the oppressive Stalin regime. Cello soloist Julie Albers gave an outstanding performance.
Before the concert, I ran upstairs to the balcony to take a picture of the stage. I also took a picture of my wife, who had already reached our seats in the tenth row. I’m really glad we bought season tickets this year.
— Lawrence Loh (@lawrenceloh) January 22, 2015