“The Four Seasons” by exuberant, redheaded, Italian baroque composer,
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) at Winchester Cultural Center — the day
before the Autumnal Equinox of September 22, which was a clear halcyon
day. How jubilantly appropriate!
Violin Soloists for each season were: Genevieve Dube — “Spring,” Lenka
Sanchez — “Summer,” Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev — “Autumn,”and Patrick
Hsieh — “Winter.”
Camerata also performed, with gusto, Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four
Violins” (Op. 3 No.10); Violini Obligato added Dolores Stabilini to
the violinists from “Four Seasons.”
Opening this exciting concert was “Dunes Overture,” composed and
conducted by Argentinean master Angel Mahler who lovingly dedicated
his work to our extraordinary Vegas orchestra.
Conductor Oscar Carrescia was born in Buenos Aires and performed in
National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina under batons of Igor
Stravinsky and other illustrious conductors. Oscar is also known in
Las Vegas for performing with Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and many other
stars. In 1986 he founded the Las Vegas Youth Camerata Orchestra.
(Camerata means “chamber” and usually refers to a group of
musicians — loosely, a group of like-minded artists. Chamber music was
a form of royal entertainment taking its name from the location
where musicians played for patrons.)
Today, Oscar and his colleagues continue to share scholarly
musicianship by teaching and conducting numerous community concerts.
The full-house was whisper-quiet, thank heavens — no cell phones,
brawling babies, crumpling papers, talkers, or other rude potential
noise-makers! Spellbound by exquisite playing, unimpeded by
microphones, they sat attentively smiling until the end when all
thundered appreciatively, “Brava, Bravo” in a standing ovation. What a
blessing to have this affordable, uplifting experience for all to
enjoy, supported in part by Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment
for the Arts.
Afterward, concertgoers crowded the display of Conductor Carrescia’s
book about Las Vegas Camerata as well as appreciated a custom-made
titanium violin case.
I have fallen in love with Winchester Cultural Center. If you haven’t
been there yet, go! The opportunities for movies, classes, camaraderie
and more are immense. I thank them for the whole community for all
they do for us.