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Review: Ulster Orchestra gave a performance to dispel the drizzle

Ulster Orchestra at the Ulster Hall, Belfast

By Alf McCreary

The series of lunchtime concerts by the Ulster Orchestra continued before a near-capacity audience in the Ulster Hall.

Under the baton of Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan the orchestra excelled in a performance of music by Webern and Schubert.

The two Webern pieces were contrasted between the elegance of his arrangement of dances by Schubert, and his more modern Five Movements For String Orchestra, in which the influence of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, was evident.

The afternoon’s substantive work was Schubert’s Fourth Symphony, a strong contrast to the Webern Five Movements. Under the expert guidance of maestro Hindoyan the orchestra brought out all the lights and shades of the slightly less well-known but decidedly delightful Schubert symphony.

This was an afternoon of fine music-making to dispel the November drizzle, and even a small child conducting with her tiny baton on the ground floor caught the mood. This was a concert for everyone.

Tonight, the Ulster Orchestra, with Hindoyan, perform Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and music by Verdi and Piazzolla in the Ulster Hall at 7.45.

Four stars

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