Three years ago, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra expanded its season from five Masterworks concerts to six in order to highlight chamber orchestra repertoire and showcase symphony members as soloists.
Previous January concerts have focused on the string section. The decision to put the spotlight on the brass and wind sections in Sunday’s performance filled the concert hall of the Collins Center for the Arts with a cacophony of sound rarely experienced. It was glorious, especially for concertgoers who enjoy the loud and bright sound of brass rather than the soothing and serene comfort often provided by the string section.
The pieces were written between 1612 and 1931 by five different European composers. The flute (Jonathan Laperle), oboe (Benjamin Fox), clarinet (Thomas Parchman), bassoon (Wren Saunders) and French horn (Scott Burditt) were prominently featured. The musicians, who have performed from the back rows of the orchestra for years, played every note to perfection.