Review: Chamber Symphony Wows with Strings

By Bianca R. Montes | Park Cities People

The 90-minute concert began with Howard Hanson’s Fantasy Variations on A Theme of Youth. The piece is the opening theme to Hanson’s early (1917) Concerto da camera for piano and string quartet, the set of variations was composed some 34 years after the original and comprised one of the composer’s most fully consummated works.

The piece was a wave of emotions for me. It was haunting. It was exciting. It was suspenseful. And it ended in a calm, smooth step. It was beautiful from start to finish.

My friend, you know the lady in the coat, leaned back after the performance and said to my sister and me, “pretty impressive for some strings.”

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