The Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra brought the American sound to life in its July 12 concert at Bing Concert Hall, receiving a richly deserved round of applause after each part of the program.
The orchestra began by performing “Overture to‘The School for Scandal,’Op. 5” (1931) by Samuel Barber. With rounded sounds, the piece effectively served as an efficient segue into the rest of the concert. From the dramatically askew chords in the opening to the playfully risky melody of the violins, the program had a mischievous tone. The oboe’s whispery tranquility was a buffer between the bold dynamics of the first and final sections.