Another Great Performance of the KOTH!

Sunday March 12, 2017, I had the privilege to attend another concert of our very own Kammerorchester Thalwil (Thalwil Chamber Orchestra). It was a wonderful concert, during which the orchestra, conducted by Maya Wenger (a source of energy and inspiration), played the following pieces:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Les petits riens KV 299b
  • Sergej Rachmaninov – Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
  • Joseph Haydn – Concert for French Horn and strings Hob VII:3 and Hob VII:4
  • Bela Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
  • Felix Mendelsohn – For He shall give His angels

Matthias Kofmehl, the soloist of the evening, wonderfully played the French Horn during the concert of Joseph Haydn.


All pictures taken with my Olympus OMD-E-M10 with the standard 14-42 mm kit lens. Pictures were post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.

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Maya Wenger, Murat Cevik and the KOTh in full flight…

On Sunday November 20, 2016, I attended another great concert of our local Thalwil Chamber Orchestra (KOTh).

This orchestra was established in 1941 and is essentially an amateur string orchestra. The orchestra mostly plays pieces by well-known composers from the baroque and romantic era. However, it also regularly performs premieres of compositions.

Maya Wenger, who has been conductor of the orchestra since 2000, is a very enthusiastic and has a lot of impetus, on account of which she is able to release the full potential of the Orchestra.

Famous musicians are regularly invited to participate as guests. That Sunday’s guest musician was flute player Murat Cevik. Besides playing classical music, Murat Cevik also plays music??(Tzara Ensemble) as well as jazz bands (Ararat Quintet). Although I love wind music (I play both the clarinet and saxophone myself), I do not like the sound of traverse flutes very much, because I generally find their tone too shrill. Murat Cevik proved me completely wrong however. He produced a beautiful, powerful and full-bodied sound.

The evening started with the “Lyrical Andante” by Max Reger. This was followed by the lively Concert for Flute and String orchestra in E-flat by Saverio Mercadantea, that Murat Cevik performed together with the orchestra. The audience appreciated this performance so much, that they continued with their applause until Murat Cevik came back to the stage to play an encore (solo). Next followed a moving rendering of the musical piece ‘Crisantemi’ by Giacomo Puccini. Last but not least ‘La Bouffonne’ was played, the Overture suite in C-Major (TWV 55:C5) by Georg Philipp Telemann. This finale really showcased the power of the orchestra in all its strength: the piece was played very dynamically with great pizzicato parts.

It was a beautiful evening – I am looking forward to the next performance!

 

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Tuning before the performance

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Waiting for the conductor

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Maya Wenger (conductor) greating Marcel Weber (concert master) before the concert

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Introduction by Maya Wenger

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Murat Cevik in action

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Marat Cevik and Maya Wenger in full flight

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Murat Cevik thanking the concert master

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Maya Wenger thanking the orchestra

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Visitors evaluating the concert

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All pictures taken with the Sony RX100 (mark I) using the standard low light setting the camera offers. Despite the fact that this setting only generates jpeg files, it is a very powerful setting. The only disadvantage is that processing the pictures take a lot of time, this means it can easily last 10 seconds before the next picture can be taken.