Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Public miss out on orchestra's Sunday best

The second of the Ulster Orchestra's Sunday afternoon concerts had as small an audience as the first on September 29, and this suggests that the Ulster public is not yet ready for such an innovation.

It was a pity that the audience was so thin yesterday in the Ulster Hall where the orchestra provided an excellent concert with music by Vaughan Williams, Walton and Sibelius.

Under its principal conductor JoAnn Falletta, the orchestra opened with a vivid performance of Vaughan Williams' The Wasp, and this was followed by Walton's Viola Concerto, rarely heard in Belfast.

The world-class soloist Steve Dann and the orchestra were impressive in this lively yet lyrical concerto which is now one of the mainstays of the viola repertoire.

The second half was devoted to the immensely popular 2nd Symphony by Sibelius, with its marvellous 'big tune' in the finale.

This was a huge performance of a huge symphony. It was unfortunate that there were so few people present to hear it.

ALF MCCREARY

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