The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (MCO) at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, Nov 20, 2016

    Wayne Linehan, Director (shown at right). The program opened with a lively performance of Rossini's Overture to Semiramide. Varied dynamics were in play, with some really full sounds, contrasted with some very soft passages (often with only a few instruments). Further into the work, one might easily conclude that Rossini was the master of the grand finale, and in this regard Linehans' conducting style enhanced the excitement of the approaching end with grand gestures that did double duty - keeping up the tempo for the players and visually supplementing the sound for the audience.

Next, The MCO. with Amulet Strange, new principal flautist for the MSO, played Reinicke's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. This had a varied but rich texture, and, partly because of the craftmanship of the composer, the flute could be heard throughout, even in the fuller passages, when the flute often played in its upper range (always an advantage in the competition for the audience's ears). It was a beautiful piece.

Finally the MCO closed the program with Handel's familiar Water Music Suite, with many varied parts: Allegro, Air, Bouree & Hornpipe, Andante Espressivo, and Allegro Deciso. Here the horns had a major role. All in all this made for a very satisfying afternoon. It is interesting to note that in this week's reviews, all three organizations have had a stable presence in Jackson for decades, and we are grateful for them:
> Jackson Choral Society [JCS]                          56 years
The American Guild of Organists [AGO]       62 years (Jackson Chapter)
                                                                             >100 years (National AGO)
Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra [MCO]     33 years Jackson Choral Society [JCS]                          56 years
The American Guild of Organists [AGO]       62 years (Jackson Chapter)
                                                                             >100 years (National AGO)
Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra [MCO]     33 years

We also are grateful to St. Andsrew's Episcopal Cathedral for providing a satisfying venue - both acoustically and visually - for our community for many decades.

Glenn A. Gentry