Ehnes followed Sibelius with two encores. Sadly I could not catch the name of his first encore (composer or piece), but it was quite lively and on the wild side whatever it was. He described his second encore as the antidote to the first - the Largo from Bach Sonata 3. Quite different energy levels and styles, but they were a beautiful combination and followup to Sibelus.
After the intermission the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra played Walton's Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major. Outside of the Concertmaster breaking a string in the second movement (I swear he set a world record time in changing that string), it went quite well. This was the first time the ISO has ever played this particular symphony. Frankly, I are many composers I prefer to Walton and I still am not really a fan - but it certainly was better live than recorded.
I'm glad I went, and am looking forward to the offerings next season.Tweet
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