The White Mountain Symphony started off their June 9 concert with the rousing Festive Overture by Shostakovich which begins with a fanfare, but quickly turns into a celebratory and vivacious exultant mood, thoroughly Russian in nature with waves of high spirits recurring throughout the piece. KIlmartin Glen – A Sculpture in Stones, an original composition written by conductor and composer Ted Vives depicted the “voices” of the land of Scotland and it’s people using authentic folk melodies and characteristic percussion including a ‘wind machine’. Next was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, one of Beethoven’s “shorter” symphonies with its repetitive melodies that children were able to hum along to. After the brief intermission and raffle drawing of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals Laura Scholten, principal flutist in the symphony performed Concertino for flute by Chaminade. The piece begins with a lyrical melody and moves into an exciting animato with a demanding cadenza. The virtuosic flourishes, unending phrases and nimble finger-work required end with a vivacious codetta that brings the work to a dramatic close.
Scholten, who rendered an excellent performance of the work received her Bachelor of Music Education in 1981 from NAU and began her teaching career in Show Low teaching 5-12 band. She completed her Master of Music in Flute Performance in 1985 from NAU. In her 37 years in Show Low, she has maintained a flute studio for students around the White Mountain area. The Carmen Suite No. 1 by Bizet brought the concert to a close with it’s beautiful harmonizing of flute, harp and clarinet, vivacious Toreador and other famous melodies that stirred the patrons young and older alike to hum the melodies to scenes so recently visualized through the music performed.
The upcoming 2018-19 concert season will begin with a performance on Saturday, September 29 at 3 pm at the Show Low Auditorium, Oct. 1 at 7 pm at the St. Johns Auditorium; December 1 at 3 pm at the Snowflake High School Auditorium, April 13, 2019 Concerto Concert at 3 pm at the Show Low Auditorium, and June 8, 2019 at 3 pm at the Blue Ridge High School Auditorium. Patrons can follow concert updates and activities on the website at wmso.webs.com.