The recent opening concert of the Walla Walla Symphony was a performance not to be missed. Not only was the guest artist spectacular, but the symphony sounded better than ever under the baton of Maestro Yaacov Bergman. From the opening notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" directed by a 13-year-old to the closing bars of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 the Symphony showed itself to be the professionals they are.
We have been season ticket holders in every city where we have lived including the Cleveland and Cincinnati orchestras, as well as most recently the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, Miss. In fact, we thought when we lived in Mississippi that, for a relatively small town, the Gulf Coast Symphony was the best around.
Well, both Gulf Coast and now the Walla Walla Symphony performed the Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and Walla Walla not only performed this composition as well as Gulf Coast, but perhaps even better.
And to add the final topping, for this concertgoer, the Maestro has resurrected his tuxedo, thus adding a professional appearance that had disappeared for a time.
Hats off and bravo Walla Walla Symphony and Maestro Bergman from this very happy season ticket subscriber.