|Conductor Matthew Halls|
I really enjoyed the "Coriolan Overture". It opened with a decisive series of chords and ended, in a way I don't expect from Beethoven, by literally fading away. The orchestra did a fantastic disappearing act at the end, bringing the sound level ever so gradually to nothing.
Elgar's "Serenade" was just beautiful with lovely playing from the string section.
The meat of the evening and the reason everyone was there had to be Beethoven's Ninth Symphony! It was my first time hearing it live and just the way the stage was set up indicated something was going to be different. Rather than relegating the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to the seats in the choir loft, the orchestra was pushed to the front of the stage and the choir seated on risers behind them.
(Photo by John Terauds)