May 30, 2016.
On Saturday 28, with a full-house, the Concepción Symphony Orchestra presented the third symphony concert of the season.
The occasion marked the Chilean debut of the US violinist Nathan Meltzer who at only 15 years old overcame the devilish difficulties in Paganini’s First Concerto with an assurance, warmth and good taste which are absolutely unusual for someone so inexperienced. In fact, this was the first time he ever played this work with an orchestra; the second will be within a few days, nothing less than at the world-famous Berlin Philharmonie.
The orchestral accompaniment was precise under the baton of David Navarro Turres, Chilean conductor based in Brussels.
The rest of the program was also a celebration of “youth in all its glory”, with pieces written by composers who were 16 or 17 years-old: an impeccable performance of Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture, and moving versions of the “Andante appassionato” by maestro Enrique Soro–an outstanding composer from Concepción–and Mozart’s stormy Symphony n° 25.