Joel Revzen, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Arizona Opera, raised his baton with the Phoenix Symphony Saturday night.  Giusepp Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino set the tone with musical passion.  Guest artist Canadian Phillip Addis powerfully projected his baritone voice in Songs of a Wayfarer, four German songs inspired by heartbreak.  The evening’s performance concluded with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, opus 56, based on a visit to Scotland and known as the “Scottish.”  To emphasize the cohesiveness of this symphony’s themes, he instructed that the four movements be performed without pauses.  The Phoenix Symphony partly met this wish with very short pauses.  As we exited Symphony Hall, we followed an older couple, the man dressed in kilt and the woman with matching skirt.  A fitting end for our last concert of the season.

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