The Bangor Symphony Orchestra kicked off its 123rd season Sunday at the Collins Center for the Arts with a spectacular concert that will be difficult to top.
What made it particularly memorable wasn’t even on the program. After performing Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with fierce precision and abundant joy, soloist Alon Goldstein played as an encore a selection from Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony that concertgoers won’t soon forget.
The piece, taken from Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety,” stood out from the rest of Sunday’s selections like an emerald in a bowl of diamonds. It was a dazzling gift that pinned audience members to their seats as Goldstein’s fingers flew across the keys.