The manner in which this orchestra has continued to grow in musical style and discipline under [Maestro Michael Hall's] direction has been awesome. The citizens of Fort Myers should rally around their cultural gem and pack the house for every performance next year.
A Far Cry, a conductorless 14-17 member string ensemble from the Boston area, performed on Sanibel Island last weekend, an incentive for a journey out there. Being a maestro, I have always been fascinated as to the how and why of such ensembles. But I've never had an opportunity to actually witness how they work until I was invited to an afternoon rehearsal before their concert.
Maestro Michael Hall and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra hit a grand slam out of the park Saturday with [Shostakovitch 10th Symphony] at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.
Now, the pianist thinks to oneself: "Which note will pop next?" "Should I avoid the broken Db, or just use it?" "Am I going to be this distracted the entire length of the concerto?" "I've got another entrance coming up, tell my brain to shut up and play!" Fliter took the last.