The evening concluded with Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat, one of the most joyous selections in the entire repertoire. It routinely brings audiences leaping to their feet, even for a lackluster performance. The lengthy ovation that night, though, testified to the impeccable musicianship and the heartfelt reading that the Phoenix Ensemble and their guests brought to this magnificent work.
The PhoenixPhest! 2003 faculty concert is at the Kerrytown Concert House on Saturday, May 24. A concert featuring students and faculty, in various combinations and all together, is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, at Emerson School.
[Originally published in May, 2003.]