With the Reif Center remodeling underway, the Itasca Symphony Orchestra moved east to the Greenway High School Auditorium for its spring concert on May 16. The acoustics in this venue are superb, a treat for the musicians. Back for a return engagement by demand was tenor Bill Bastion. Bastion with his long list of credentials is just another example of the stunning talent in the North Country. He is a biker, looks like a big burley biker, but has the sweetest voice. The operatic pieces all related to spring and love, and at Music Director Keith Swenson’s request, Bastion added Edelweiss from the Sound of Music.
The Orchestra also performed George Frideric Handel’s Water Music. If you have not been to an ISO concert, do yourself a favor and head up to the Edge Center next November 8 to see them in another acoustically superb venue. The ingredients to a great community orchestra are a mix of amateur and professional musicians from all walks of life, an excellent director, and a selection of music that plays to the strengths of the group. Artistic Director Keith Swanson treats his musicians as family, is patient, and maintains high standards.
Principal cellist for the Orchestra, Maggie Anderson, held her own graduation concert on Sunday, May 17. Maggie is a poised musician who performed contemporary and classical works for piano and cello. We will miss her in the Orchestra but wish her the best.
Speaking of the Edge Center, this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend the Edge Wild Players under the direction of Patty Feld will reprise the best of the best billed as The Best of the Players: The Ten-Year Reunion Show. Times are Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, May 24 at 2 pm.