The opening concert for the Culver City Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 2 was an evening of wonderful music, and the beginning of a new chapter for the organization. While the orchestra plays in Culver City during the winter and Marina del Rey during the summer, the new title of SoCal Symphony Society covers all that ground and more.
The Nov. 2nd concert, offered in honor of veterans for the upcoming holiday, started off with “God Bless Amercia” by Berlin, followed by Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” and then a solo by soprano Erin Wood from Beethoven’s “Perfido.”Wood’s voice was truly lovely, and she sang the difficult aria with beautiful tone and great depth.
Post intermission, the evening continued with Verdi’s “La forza del destino,” the aria “Me pellegrina ed ofrana” sung by Wood with sweetness and precision.
Closing the concert was Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, played with expertise and great feeling by the orchestra. The musicians gave a charming performance, and the ease with which they flowed through the piece was delightful. This is a group that works organically, creating a sound as natural as a breeze through a forest.
Whatever name they choose to play under, the musicians that perform together under the direction of Frank Fetta, ( and the tireless support of Matthew Hetz) will always be a treasure that Culver City can enjoy.
The next concert at the Vets Auditorium will be Feb. 22, 2014