Talk to Iris: The soothing sound of music – CapitalGazette.com

In times of tumult and celebration, we turn to music, sweet music. After a rocky week in our world, a packed audience was soothed by the opening night of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, now in its 56th season.

We were lulled by works such as Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák and exalted by visiting Israeli soloist Vadim Gluzman performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

The unity of instruments was gorgeous and perfect. I closed my eyes and could have been with the Royal Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony.

Yet, this is our homegrown orchestra at Maryland Hall, a setting both cozy and grand. The recent renovation puts us in more comfortable seats, embraced by acoustical improvements that amplify the nuances and range of the instruments. Even the lightest of plucks from the cellos are heard clearly throughout the hall.

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