Letters from Subscribers
I was first introduced to Mahler's Symphony No. 2 during my High School years at Coplay High, in about 1950 when I found it on a scratchy LP in the Allentown Library. At that time I didn't know anything about Gustav Mahler or any of his works. Yet on the very first hearing of his Resurrection Symphony I experienced the thrill, the goosebumps, the hair standing on end that has continued every time I hear it again, to this day. I have since heard that symphony many times by many orchestras and choruses, but always by recordings or radio. In all those hearings, never have I experienced a sudden rush of tears to my eyes - - - until this past Sunday afternoon. As you led the Allentown Symphony and Chorus in the final moments, as the chorus sang out the final climaxes of the work I found tears streaming down my cheeks, so profound was my emotional reaction. It was as if I suddenly became "one" with the orchestra, the chorus, the others in the listening audience. In all my years of musical experience, this has never happened before --- until this past Sunday afternoon. I want to thank you and the musicians for that most moving experience. The Lehigh Valley is absolutely blessed to have you in the position of musical leadership. May you remain among us for many more years.
Thank you, again and again!
Robert G. Masenheimer, Jr. __________________________________________________________________________________
The audience, my guests and I were mesmerized Saturday evening by the brilliant concert that you magnificently conducted. Yuja Wang and Douglas Townsend are outstanding talents and we were all thrilled with what we heard and saw .Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky are also dancing wherever they are because you made them and all of us so happy. Thank you again and again!
Best from your long-term subscriber,
My friends and I have been enjoying the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, and I can say that it has never sounded as good. We also admire your imaginative approach to presenting the concerts and appreciate your clear inspiriting discussions before each concert. Thank you for your attention and for all the pleasure you have given us.
Very truly yours,
Myra Sibrava __________________________________________________________________________________
I just thought you'd like to know how beautiful and lush the orchestra sounded in Peer Gynt on Sunday afternoon. In addition, the idea of lightly staging the play made the experience far more enjoyable than just hearing the music.
I particularly enjoyed Solveig's song. The slow pacing of the performance and the interaction between the orchestra and Stephanie Woodling's voice were mesmerizing.
August DeClemente __________________________________________________________________________________
I've never written a "fan" letter before, but this certainly might be considered one! Happily, I've attended your inspirational talks before the concerts and have been thrilled to watch and listen to you at work. I loved your article in the Norwalk Hour and I hope you will repeat this concert again.
June Ekaitis __________________________________________________________________________________
How fortunate is the Lehigh Valley to have you as the conductor for the ASO!
For personal reasons, I had to attend the Saturday morning rehearsal instead of the concert. From the opening movement to the final notes of the Mahler, I have never been so over-whelmed emotionally by music. It is difficult to describe my total immersion in this work.
We have heard the transformation and have seen your dedication to making the ASO a truly professional orchestra. I hope you know how valuable you are to music and our community!
Eileen Wescoe __________________________________________________________________________________
I simply must write to tell you how totally delighted I have been with both performances of the symphony this week. The evening concert was overwhelming. The Liszt was so beautifully presented by both the soloist and the orchestra that it brought a steady stream of tears to my eyes.
The Handel and the Brahms were also exquisitely performed. Thank you! Thank you for that treasure of an evening.
With deep and sincere appreciation,
Phyllis Mann __________________________________________________________________________________
I would like to share with you and the Symphony Board my personal delight concerning a radio interview of Diane Wittry on the afternoon of February 6. I was late tuning in to the KVLU broadcast on that day and was expecting to listen to the end of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast. However, an interview was in progress.
I did not know to whom the voice belonged, but the spirit, energy, and articulation of the young woman being interviewed was compelling and I continued to listen. As the interview progressed, she shared something of her professional background, her philosophy regarding music and children, and the role of the conductor. As I listened, I became more and more impressed while slowly realizing that I was not listening to an interview originating in New York, but instead to a local interview by Dr. Jimmy Simmons of Diane Wittry.
I am still very impressed! Ms. Wittry’s enthusiasm, unbelievable ability to articulate the musical experience and her commitment to the continued development of our children is to be applauded.
What a wonderful role model for our students. We are fortunate to have her and I hope her stay will be a very long one. Ms. Wittry is truly a treasure!
Millie Hartel Director, Arts Related Curriculum __________________________________________________________________________________
If you ever decide to give up your conductor’s baton, you’d be great as a hi-powered sales gall! After your address to the AARP and the Y’s Women, I had no trouble rounding up attendees for this Saturday’s concerts. You have such an enthusiastic and warm approach. People feel they would be missing a great event if they did not come to your concerts.
Thank you for taking time out from your very busy schedule to speak to the Norwalk-Wilton AARP. Some of them will be hearing your program Saturday and when we get to advertising your concerts in up-coming newsletters, you’ll have many more. They seem especially excited about your Spanish program with the dancers.
AARP Program Chair __________________________________________________________________________________
The concert was powerful! I really want to comment on the most enjoyable element of the presentation. Your fluid body movements made the musical and visual experience total. The orchestra is obviously at its’ best when a talent such as you in there to draw out a peak performance.
We are fortunate to have you!
A belated note to tell you how very much we enjoyed the season’s first concert. The orchestra is truly superb, and the flair you bring to the performances is simply wonderful.
Keep up the good work!
I attended the Topeka Symphony tonight (Saturday, 22 September) at White Concert Hall with a friend, Jeannine Herron. We were absolutely thrilled with the concert. We have been members for several years, and this was one of the best performances we have attended. We were very impressed with the musical selections you made, and also with the violin soloist Benny Kim. We absolutely loved the concert. The two of you were totally awesome!
We waited outside the auditorium following the concert, hoping to see you, and thank you in person for coming to Topeka.
Wishing you the best,
Dr. Jeanne Berg