Concert at Brookfield Estates Community Center, Belvidere NJ
Sunday, April 26, 2009 - Concert starts at 7:00pm.
5/6/2009 - See a great write-up on Stone Soup Symphony in the Warren Reporter!
Repertoire (These are professional recordings, not us. Our show wasn't recorded.)
Nabucco Overture – Verdi
Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, Op.314 - Strauss
Die Fledermaus: Overture - Strauss
On Sunday evening, April 26th, a packed house filled the clubhouse of Belvidere’s Brookfield Estates as members of acclaimed local orchestra, The Stone Soup Symphony, performed for Brookfield’s residents. The all volunteer symphony, under the direction of George Akehurst, played five distinct yet lovely pieces.
After an energetic opening – ‘Die Fledermaus Overture’ by J. Strauss, the crowd wasn’t let down by the following number. Two of Stone Soup Symphony’s high school-aged members, Catie Mc Mekin and Emma Glicklich, were highlighted as they bowed dueling violins in J.S. Bach’s ‘Double Violin Concerto in D Minor’. To say the audience erupted in thunderous applause would be an understatement; the performance given by these young women was simply spectacular! Stone Soup Symphony, in keeping with its mission to graciously welcome musicians of all ages, has on its roster several very talented young participants.
Next the crowd was treated to a musical choice reminiscent of traditional Andre Rieu style – J.Strauss' beautiful 'Blue Danube Waltz’. During this rhythmic number, swaying audience members found it difficult not to dance.
What came next in the program brought the crowd to its feet as they gave Katrina Naxera a roaring standing ovation. Adorned in a red satin gown and accompanied by Stone Soup’s string section, angel-voiced high school soprano, Katrina, performed Mozart’s ‘Basta, vincesti Aria’ in a manner befitting Lincoln Center.
The evening’s closing piece wasn’t about to disenchant either. G.Verdi’s percussive ‘Nabucco Overture’, performed by the entire orchestra, built to a thrilling, upbeat ending, leaving the audience begging for more.
To their good fortune, Brookfield’s residents and the general public can catch a free concert given by the Stone Soup Symphony in the near future. On May 31st, Stone Soup Symphony is performing Robert Schumann’s First Symphony and his Manfred and Genoveva Overtures at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, 59 Spring Lane, in Long Valley. This promises to be a not to be missed performance.
For more information about this upcoming concert, and/or if you would like to become a member of the Stone Soup Symphony (we are always looking for new members) contact George Akehurst, 908-475-4885 or check out our website www.stonesoupsymphony.org