The Wind Symphony performed excellently, in the wonderful new concert hall. It was interesting to view the video regarding the construction of the new facility, and it made me appreciate the woodworking much more, especially the front wall which looks like drapery, yet is really wood.
I especially liked the "conductorless" piece, in which the students needed to listen and watch each other for cues. The balance and coordination was very good.
As a performer myself, I understand purposeful stage seating, yet it was disappointing to have to wait after EVERY piece, while chairs were being reset. Please, in the future, minimize this. There was also a great deal of "noodling" as the students re-took their seats. This is not necessary, not is if fun to listen to. Lastly, encourage careful listening to pitch. Many of the brass section tended sharp. Lower the major thirds, raise the minor thirds, and make sure the open intervals are spot-on. Lastly, I think the ensemble could benefit by having at least one more tuba.
The performers were absolutely outstanding. Having played oboe myself, I must say I was amazed by Ashley Ertz's playing and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was however, disturbed by a woman and some children who kept talking during especially the last half of the concert. I don't know what can be done about that except for ushers (and they can't be too shy to do this) monitoring the audience more and quietly telling people to be considerate. I almost did myself, but I was a few rows in front of them and didn't want to draw even more attention. Other than that, the players did a fantastic job.