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Organist David Dunlap was soloist in Handel's Concerto in F major for Organ and Strings
Op 4 No 4. He commanded a large sound from the electronic console and brought a fine sense
of Baroque style to the music. Dunlap was particularly effective in the grandeur of the
Bach-like conclusion of the Presto. He was given strong support by conductor and orchestra.
The resonant acoustics of the church (a Miami Beach landmark) provided the perfect ambience
for Handel's music. (This composer's concertos for organ and instrumental ensemble were
written to be performed in a church acoustic.)
Mozart's Divertimento in F major K138 is one of the composer's most inventive works for
string ensemble. The central Andante flows with graceful melody. The finale is particularly
imaginative with its lively themes and varied structure. This score is a Brooks-Bruzzese
specialty. (He has recorded the music with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra.) He conducted it
with flair, brio, and real Mozartean style. The string playing was rich and brilliant.
Conductor and orchestra caught the operatic aura of Rossini's sparkling String Sonata No 2
in A major. The Andante sang like an instrumental bel canto aria. The opera buffa
twists and turns of the Allegro finale were played with wit and Italianate elegance. A real
musical gem! The opening Sinfonia No 3 in G major RV149 by Vivaldi featured virtuosic solos
by violinist Kovats. The echo effects in the finale were dispatched with clarity and spirit.
The String Symphony No 10 in B Minor by Mendelssohn (in an edition by Hellmuth Wolff and
former Florida Philharmonic principal bass player Lucas Drew) is all inspired romantism.
The music is filled with beautiful melodies and brilliant string writing. Brooks-Bruzzese
led a large scale, dramatic performance, abetted by the orchestra's dark, warm string sound.
This concert was a model of imaginative programming. The rare opportunity to hear the music
of Ferenc Farkas and Cécile Chaminade made the concert special.
The Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra provided a delightful summer treat!