Associate Conductor Benjamin Rous and the Virginia Symphony presented highlights from the orchestra’s past season to the audience at the traditional Sunday-afternoon final concert of its own season from the Outer Banks Forum For the Lively Arts at the First Flight High School. The afternoon featured excellent, not to mention animated, conducting, and a high level of musicianship was displayed by all concerned on pieces such as Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 20 and No. 5. An aria from Verdi’s La Traviata featured a trumpet playing the vocal parts. The emphasis after the intermission was on American composers, with the scores of John Paul Sousa, John Williams, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and other Yankee scribes receiving enthusiastic interpretations. When ‘God Bless America’ earned a standing ovation, the VSO replied with the evening’s spirited encore, Elmer Bernstein’s ‘Main Title and Calvera’ from the film The Magnificent Seven (1960), after which they rode off into the sunset.
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