On October 16, the Symphony started the season off with many wonderful musical surprises. Those who came early for the 20th Anniversary celebration of the North Shore Center were treated to a table of musical instruments (affectionately known by musicians as the Petting Zoo) for their children to explore. Symphony members, as well as board members were on hand to demonstrate and place the instruments in the hands of youngsters who just may be our future members of the symphony! In addition to many other family related activities, snacks were served by North Shore, and adults could take a backstage tour as well as listen to the symphony in a final rehearsal before what proved to be a magnificent concert.
The opening of the concert had a surprise all its own too. Rob Paddor, of Evanston Subaru, was on hand to personally conduct a rousing and impressive rendering of the Star Spangled Banner. Perhaps most satisfying was guest artist Joshua Brown. Joshua was the first place winner of the Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition 2016. At just 16 years of age, Joshua proved to be an able technician and inspiration young artist. It was a truly breathtaking performance. With talented young performers such as Mr. Brown, classical music still has a promising future.
The remainder of the concert was filled with pieces that could have been part of an everybody's favorite list. It was so good to hear these standard pieces played with enthusiasm and finesse by our own local Skokie Symphony. Those who attended the pre-concert discussion by Board Member Dr. Michael Vaughn got to hear about them too.
What an impressive and great start to the 2016-17 season!