March 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Good chemistry between a conductor and orchestra is a difficult thing to predict or explain, but as former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart might say, I know it when I see it. And I know I saw — and heard — it this past Monday night when David Robertson brought the St. Louis Symphony into Segerstrom Concert Hall for a very generous evening of interesting works, care of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.
How else does one explain the powerful yet easy-going and relaxed music making I experienced? This is the way all concerts should be. Details were attended to without any fussiness. Technical hurdles were overcome with more than sufficient aplomb, and Mr. Robertson had his orchestra turning on a dime with no problems. Smiles were everywhere. There was much to love, and there was much rejoicing to be had by all.