Last night we attended our last Phoenix Symphony concert of the season. Franz Schubert’s Symphony in C Major, D 944 was the main attraction advertised, for example, on our tickets. However, the featured soloist, Rachel Varton Pine, performed the world premier of a violin concerto by Earl Maneein, Dependent Arising. As the concert notes detail, this new work converges with heavy metal intersecting with classical music based on the Buddhist concept that all things arise in dependence upon other things. Conductor Tito Munoz commissioned this piece and he and Pine reviewed the score at various stages of completion and made suggestions. The Phoenix audience enthusiastically applauded this new work and the composer joined the orchestra on stage to receive our appreciation. In a departure from our experience with most soloists with the Phoenix Symphony, Ms. Pine performed an encore. And, not just any encore, but an extremely difficult Paganini Caprice. Amazing! In May Avie Records will release her performance of all 24 Paganini Caprices. I look forward to adding that to our personal CD collection. Last night’s performance started with another new work, Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Overture which was originally intended at part of his opera Invisible Cities. The Phoenix Symphony is very progressive about introducing new or little known works. We were fortunate to attend a memorable concert.

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