Saturday, January 30, 2016

Royal Philharmonic's Safe Mozart Selections

Our performing arts calendar got off to a pleasant enough start last weekend, when we heard the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall with Pinchas Zukerman at the podium.

The program was safe and uninspiring, opening with a rousing rendition of the overture to Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and then his Piano Concerto No. 1, with Jonathan Biss, pictured, delivering a commanding performance at the keyboard.

The standing ovation for him was well-earned.

This orchestra's talented players performed with enthusiasm, and subtlety that delighted our ears, we only wished their selections were more adventuresome.

We anticipate additional times at the hall with our cherished San Francisco Symphony taking us on daring and robust musical adventures in the coming months.

How was the start of your performing arts new year?

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