Sunday, April 26, 2009

Robert Thies & Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay at the Norris Theater

Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay under the direction of Frances Steiner performed their GALA SPRING CONCERT last evening at the intimate Norris Theater in PV. The pianist Robert Thies played a wonderful rendition of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, and the orchestra did Beethoven proud on Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92.
After the Grieg Piano Concerto, Schumann's is my most favorite. With only 450 seats at the Norris, the COSB season tickets sell out quickly (previous subscribers and benefactors are the first to get seats) but we usually luck out and get tickets by being on a waiting list.
I do like seeing a talented, competent, and stylish woman in charge.

12 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Absolutely fantastic!
I'm envious here one more time!
Great night
Léia :-)

altadenahiker said...

Love Schumann.

Cafe Observer said...

Are the COSB a volunteer orchestra?

Marie-Noyale said...

From the description of the program it looked like a wonderful evening.

Vogon Poet said...

I agree with Léia: a bit of envy is due... and a 'brava' for the photos!

PJ said...

Yep, seeing a woman conductor is a wonderful sight to behold. Is this a contraband image?

I would go to more concerts but they make me sleepy. That really means I don't know anything about the music and just appreciate it for its soothing qualities.

SandyCarlson said...

These photos are very beautiful. Striking nad dramatic.

Virginia said...

OHhh, I wish I could have been there with you!!!! Great shots.
V

Clueless in Boston said...

Nice shots. Live music is so wonderful.

I've never seen a woman conduct the Boston Symphony, but that is a little different from a Chamber Orchestra. I'm sure it will change in the near future, as it seems to me, I've never actually counted, that the majority of the BSO players are women so there should be a woman conducting a major orchestra soon. I think it would be interesting to listen to a woman conducting as her interpretation of some of the major pieces may be quite different. Let's hope it's sooner, rather than later as maybe a woman conductor would create some interest in symphony music and entice new listeners to come to Symphony Halls everywhere.

humanobserver said...

Photography in concerts are always fun and you did a good job.

Bibi said...

Am currently a victim (since last Thursday...) of internet havoc, so I haven't been checking blogs! Been using scheduled posting from friends' places.

I like these photos...can almost hear them.

Lindab said...

You're fortunate to have such a high quality orchestra in the local area. And an intimate venue that seems just right for a chamber orchestra.
As far as women conductors are concerned, we had Marin Alsop for a while in the UK, but she has now returned to the USA to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I never saw her conduct, but the reviews were always first class.