As proud subscribers to the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years, my husband Nick and I have come to learn that each season brings new delights. This year is no exception.
The concert on Saturday night was outstanding. The opening duet of our own Kevin McMahon and our retiring concert master Debbie Williamson was incredible. Debbie has been a “shining star” with the symphony for as long as we’ve been attending and her talent and love of music is a gift to our city.
Debbie is not only a rare musical talent, but she also has a gift for teaching. When McMahon asked all to stand who had participated in youth symphony or been taught by Debbie, so many people in the audience and in the orchestra stood that it was immediately apparent to all what an impact Debbie has had on local music.
Next we were treated to a beautiful piece by Keith Emerson with a unique soloist, Jeffrey Biegel, who also earned a standing ovation.
After intermission, there was a gorgeous rendition of The Grand Canyon Suite, and the number of outstanding soloists from the orchestra brought the entire piece to life in a way only a live performance can bring. As the orchestra worked its way through a day in the Grand Canyon, the violin solo in the “On the Trail” movement, again led by Debbie, was a particular standout.
At the end of the night, we were treated to a stunning encore of music from “Les Mis.”
Each year, we are amazed at the beautiful music that comes from this group. Our thanks to all the musicians who work so hard to make this happen each year. We appreciate what you do and what you bring to our city.