HSO concert thrills audience

To the Editor:

On April 14, the Heartland Symphony Orchestra presented its spring concert under the direction of Josh Aerie. His superb directing brought the orchestra to a new high level of performance.

Opening with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture with its decisive pounding rhythms and beautiful melodic intervals, put the audience in a highly attentive mood.

The Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg featured the beauty and majesty of Norway with touches of folk dance and sailor chanty sounding episodes.

The Rodetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr., with its tradition of audience clapping along, was led by Echo Kowalzek, one of the small group of musicians instrumental in starting the orchestra.

The finalé was the world premier performance of North Country Suite by Rick Sowash and commissioned by the Heartland Orchestra in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of its founding. His composition was a marvelous fit for the orchestra, conductor and individual instruments. All of the movements were very pleasing to the ear. The Father of the Waters ended in a New Orleans jazz style. The last movement honored Charles Lindbergh’s North Atlantic crossing.

This writer nearly skipped the concert due to fatigue. When leaving, he felt like he was walking two inches off the ground. — Larry Thomasson, Little Falls