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Claremont Symphony hits all the right notes

The music of composers Carl Maria von Weber and Ludwig van Beethoven filled the air at the Garrison Theater on Saturday./ photo by Christopher Guzman

The music of composers Carl Maria von Weber and Ludwig van Beethoven filled the air at the Garrison Theater on Saturday. / photo by Christopher Guzman

Tiffany Spears
Staff Writer

The music of composers Carl Maria von Weber and Ludwig van Beethoven filled the air at the Garrison Theater on Saturday.

During the Claremont Orchestra’s Winter Concert, performers enchanted an audience of about 120 people with music from Weber and Beethoven.

The conductor Michael Deane Lamkin, professor of music at Scripps College, instructed the orchestra and gave direction to the different ensembles.

The Claremont Concert Orchestra’s Winter Concert first performed Overture to Der Freischutz by Weber.

The beginning of Overture to Der Freischutz drew the audience in because of the loud to soft sounds of the horns.

“I thought it was great, this is the third concert I been to and I never heard Weber before,” Dail Chapman, a freshmen at Scripps College, said.

Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz is theatrical from beginning to end.

The mood of the concert was light and joyful.

Overture Der Freischutz surprised many people because of the sudden stops at the end that kept the audience in anticipation.

The Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major Op. 74 followed.

This piece is constructed to be played in the traditional concerto structure and consists of three different elements.

First is Allegro, then Romanza: Andante con moto, and finally Alla polacca.

The clarinet soloist Bob Chen started playing during Allegro and did a wonderful job of not blending into the music but truly standing out.

Allegro interchanged from simple melody to a gentle and delightful sounding dance.

The Romanza gives the feeling that there is a person singing while the clarinet is playing.

The Alla Polacca, which translates to “in the style of polacca” is rondo and slow with a resounding beat.

The soloist really showed his skills and versatility with magnificent baroque variations.

Alla Polacca closed with a thrilling array of superb passages, with each section better than the last.

The intermission followed right after.

Bob Chen was given a standing ovation by many people in the audience and was given three different bouquets of flowers.

Holly Patterson, who played the oboe, said she was surprised how educated the audience was about when to clap.

The orchestra left for a few minutes and then returned and sat in anticipation for the conductor to return.

The second half of the winter concert consisted of works composed by Beethoven.

The orchestra played No.6 in F Major Op. 68 “Pastoral.”

The “Pastoral” has six movements.

The first movement is Allegro ma non troppo, Awakening of Joyful Feelings upon Arriving in the country.

The movement seemed to place emphasis on joy and reminds many audience members of Disney’s Fantasia.

Some of the other movements in the piece, such as Scene by the Brook, Cheerful Celebration of the Country Folk, and Shepherd’s Song of Thanksgiving after the Storm also relate back to the theme or mood of the night, which is joy.

“I hope people can take with them a sense of enjoyment and pleasure,” Lamkin said.

The Thunderstorm performance was an amazing example of musicianship because of the range displayed by all the different instruments to create a sound found in nature, taking listeners away from the concert and into a nighttime storm.

Beethoven is set apart from other composers because of his works like Thunderstorm.
Beethoven simply writes to the music of life.

The end of the performance left audiences with a better understanding of the music and a well spent evening full of talent.

Tiffany Spears can be reached at

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